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Belize: effects of climate change on agriculture

Published date 2013-01-01
Author Diana Ramírez - Juan Luis Ordaz - Jorge Mora - Alicia Acosta
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Climate change poses a serious threat to Central American societies due to its foreseeable and multiple impacts on the population and productive sectors. In fiscal terms it constitutes a contingent public liability that will affect the public finance of governments for generations to come. It is estimated that by 2030, Central America will still produce less than 0.5% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the planet, yet it is already one of the regions most vulnerable to the battering of climate change. The increase in atmospheric and sea temperatures, the reduction and instability of rain patterns and the rise in sea levels, together with the intensification of extreme meteorological events —such as droughts and hurricanes— will impact the production, infrastructure, ways of life, health and safety of the population, and will also weaken the environment’s capacity to provide vital resources and services.