Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management (with responsibility for the National Metrological Services of Belize), Hon Edmond Castro, delivered the keynote address at the official opening ceremony this morning for the Sixth National Climate Outlook Forum.
The Welcome Address was presented by CEO in the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management, Ruth Meighan. Also present was Chief Meteorologist, Catherine Cumberbatch; and Special Guest for the forum, Phil Gelman, Regional Advisor from USAID.
The forum is organized by the Climatology and Climate Services unit of the National Meteorological Service of Belize, with participation by over 60 persons from various sectors of the community, including farmers.
The National Meteorological Service of Belize produces seasonal climate outlooks which can be utilized for addressing climate-related risks at national, local and community levels; and the main objective of the National Climate Outlook Forum is to present the seasonal outlook for the wet/hurricane season (June to November 2018) and Six to Twelve Months Drought Outlook, and to investigate pathways to integrate this product into sector planning based on its applicability.
The forum is being conducted at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in the City of Belmopan.