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Minister Omar Figueroa, as the Head of Belizean delegation and the Minister with responsibilities for Climate Change, met with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), represented by Mr. Ousseynou Nakoulima, Director of Country Programming on the occasion of the 22nd meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco to sign a letter of agreement to finalize a USD $300,000 Readiness Grant agreement between the Government of Belize (GOB) and the GCF.

The Readiness Grant will allow the GOB to strengthen the capacity of its National Designation Authority, the liaison between the Fund and Government of Belize, as well as identify priority programs for funding from the GCF.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), a regional accredited entity to the Green Climate Fund, will serve as the Government’s delivery partner for the 12 months project.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Environment and Sustainable Development will work closely with the National Designated Authority (NDA) and the CCCCC to ensure that this Readiness Grant is executed within the time frame. Upon completion of the project, the GOB will be able to prepare a pipeline of projects to access grant funding from the GCF.

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