Belize: National workshop on generating climate change and disaster indicators for policy decision-making
The Caribbean region is acutely threatened by climate change, particularly the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Belize is no exception. The country is situated in the tropical cyclone belts and is directly exposed to the forces of the oceans. And as a small geographical area, disasters might affect vast proportions of the country. Availability of quality statistics and indicators are crucial to effectively respond to the effects of climate change and build resilience.
In this context, the ECLAC´s Statistics Division, sub regional Office for the Caribbean, in collaboration with the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, are joining efforts to enhance the production and use of key indicators and metrics to monitor and adapt to the effects of climate change and strengthen Environmental Information Systems (EIS). These efforts, supported by the Development Account of the United Nations, aim to advance the environmental pillar of the 2030 Agenda and improve policy coherence in the implementation of the Escazú Agreement, the Revised St. George´s Declaration (SGD 2040), the SAMOA Pathway, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework.
- Train the participants to build selected environment, climate change and disaster indicators and its metadata.
- Identify data and capacity gaps to develop an Environmental Information System (EIS) and build a regional resilience platform.
- Have a better understanding of how geospatial data can enhance the use of environment, climate change and disaster indicators for effective decision making.
- At least five prioritized climate change and disasters indicator and its metadata are available at the end of the workshop.
- A selection of prioritized indicators from the Global Set of Climate Change Indicators are identified for Belize.
- Follow up steps to build further selected climate change and disasters indicators are agreed with the national focal points from the Statistical Institute of Belize and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management.
9 Nov 2022
Inaugural session and introduction to the workshop09:00 a 10:30
▪ Edgar Ek, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
▪ Diana Castillo-Trejo, Statistical Institute of Belize
▪ Faustina Wiggins, CARICOM Secretariat
▪ Reena Shah, UNSD
▪ Rolando Ocampo, ECLAC
- Francisco Jiménez, ECLACPresentation of the participants, introduction and objectives of the workshop
Global and regional enabling frameworks and strategies10:50 a 11:35
- Faustina Wiggins, CARICOM SecretariatRegional work on environment statistics as a guiding force to improve availability of climate change and disasters statistics and indicatorsReena Shah, UNSDGlobal Set of Climate Change Statistics and Indicators: a tool to identify multi-purpose indicators on climate changeDavid Barrio, ECLACThe Escazú Agreement: a pathway to developing an Environmental Information System (EIS)
Environment, climate change and disasters indicators for Belize needs and priorities11:45 a 15:00
- Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk ManagementNational policies and plans where environment, climate change and disaster indicators are required
10 Nov 2022
Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool in Belize: where do we stand and the way forward?09:30 a 10:10
- Lesley Cruz, Statistical Institute of BelizeEnvironment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) - Part II: Statistics level assessment: Belize resultsEdgar Ek, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk ManagementPrioritized set of environment statistics for Belize
Tools and guides to produce environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators10:30 a 11:40
- Robin Carrington, UNSDFramework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES)Janet Geoghagen-Martin, ECLACFrom data to environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators and statistical classifications and typologiesFrancisco Jiménez, ECLACThe geospatial dimension of environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicatorsGeorgina Alcantar, ECLACECLAC´s methodology to produce environment, climate change and disasters indicatorsAlberto Malmierca, ECLACHow to develop a methodological sheet and examples of methodological sheets
11 Nov 2022
Other sources of environmental information10:55 a 11:40
- Jennifer Guralnick, UNDRRStatistical Conference of the Americas working groups disaster related statisticsGeorgina Alcantar, ECLACUse of environmental administrative recordsFrancisco Jiménez, ECLACOpen data from the private sector (Planet and Maxar)
Towards an environmental information system in Belize13:00 a 15:00
- Francisco Jiménez, ECLACRecommendations to establish an Environmental Information System