Belize experiences significant variations in weather patterns, and has been victim to nature’s weather-related phenomena such as hurricanes, winds, storm surges, heavy rainfalls leading to flooding and landslides on many occasions. Global warming only exacerbates these occurrences, leaving its heavy coastline settlements in dire state following each natural disaster.
The government of Belize are taking smarter measures to ensure they have access to real-time accurate data and information in order to make informed decisions during time of national crisis. The World Bank supports the government’s vision to implement a sophisticated digital spatial data management system, and create a more accessible, sustainable and resilient infrastructure in support of the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project (CRIP). The implementing agency for the CRIP is the Belize Social Investment Fund. To prepare for this initiative, the GPC-GIS over the next year will be providing strategic guidance and recommendation to plan for a progressive roadmap for National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) policy implementation. Advancement of the NSDI will support a more informed climate resilience decision-making tool, enable more efficient emergency responses and monitor more effectively disaster risks countrywide. Following advancement of the NSDI for Belize, the World Bank intends to fund a specific project designed to strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure against natural hazards and the anticipated impacts of climate variability through targeted retrofitting, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities.