Vast tropical forests exist in Belize which is a habitat to unique biodiversity of global significance. Most of the country and the entire coastal area consist of low-lying plains, with an area of 22,970 km2. Belize is known for its abundant natural resources and vast array of ecotypes especially with respect to water and biodiversity. In fact, Belize has the highest forest cover in both Central America and the Caribbean, including the largest intact blocks of forests in Central America, namely the Selva Maya and the Maya Mountain Massif.
Adhering to the terms of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement while seeking to obtain REDD+ results-based payments, Belize has so far achieved the following:
With the support of CfRN under the RRR+ project Belize produced a new GHG inventory in the AFOLU sector and set the bases for the REDD+ forest reference emission level as well as the structure for the REDD+ MRV.
CfRN work in Belize helped the country to increase its pool of experts, especially on data collection and analysis. Belize together with Panama also served as a model for other project countries (for instance Saint Lucia and Dominica). Specifically, with the implementation of Collect Earth for Land Use and Land Use change assessment, CfRN trained national experts on practical usage techniques and provide multiple tools for an appropriated, consistent and transparent GHG emissions and removals reporting.