A Climate Change Impacts Tools and Models Training Workshop came to an end today in Belmopan. The training was held over a 9 day period through the collaborative effort of the Climate Change Center, The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Environment and the United Nations Development Program. Specialist from Cuba attended the event which focused on specific climate change impacts tools. We spoke to a representative of the Caribbean Climate Change Center.
The main theme of this training is using data as support to to inform decision-making. So the idea is to inform decisions based on scientific data and the better methodologies; so that is the idea of course. We know that Climate Change is at the forefront. So [in] this workshop we target technical personnel and we give them introductory training tools that will provide them with the data and some statistical information and data information, and modelling informational also so that they can use it in their specific sector. So we provide training in a SMASH tool and that is a hurricane Modeling tool. It was developed by the University of the West Indies. We also do training in a flood modelling tool also done by the University of the West Indies, and we do a training in CARIWIG tooldone by the Institute of meteorology in Cuba. We do a weather generator that is done with an in-house from the CCCCC with myself included and my colleague.
Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Belize was also present at today’s closing session and spoke of UNDP’s involvement.
UNDP is supporting this initia
tive with generous funding from the government of Japan. It is a regional project known as Japan Caribbean Climate Change Project. And the purpose of the project is to bring different countries in the Caribbean together and put their knowledge, put their intelligence together to solve the climate change impacts which are affecting the lives of people of Belize. Today we have this whole rainy weather; that is one manifestation of climate change. All of the countries in the Caribbean are finding similar problems full stop in this particular workshop. Some experts have come from Cuba, which is known to be a leader in the entire region, and is actually very willing to share it’s expertise. We have two experts who have come from the National Institute of Meteorology in Cuba.
The specific climate change impacts tools taught are aimed at assisting in the generation of scientific information and analysis to help in making policies to be implemented. The participants received a certificate of completion at the end of today’s session.