• National Integrated Water Resource Authority

    The National Integrated Water Resources Authority (NIWRA) Project.

    Project Summary

    Climate change is now regarded globally as an overarching development challenge that can have serious adverse effects on the economic growth of countries, affecting food security, public health, social stability, and population vulnerability. Belize has contributed minimally to emissions resulting in global climate change, however, the country as a developing state, is expected to be disproportionately impacted by the negative impacts of climate change. Belize as a SID is considered to be highly vulnerable and is expected to be negatively impacted as the country sees increases in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters such as cyclonic systems, droughts, floods and in the variability and unpredictability of rainfall patterns, increase in temperature and sea level rise impacting Belize’s natural heritage as well as the country’s productive sectors.

    In responding to the challenges of climate change, the country of Belize has committed itself to defining its institutional and legal landscape for climate change adaptation and mitigation, focusing on the roles of various actors, existing institutional capacities and governance issues relating to institutions. In essence the political and administrative systems are being adopted to handle emerging national issues of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    The proposed initiative aims to increase Belize’s ability to respond to the threats of climate change as a means of ensuring its goal for sustainable economic and human development. The building of national capacities, both institutional and operational, is expected to stimulate improved effectiveness of national actions and investments and ensure better organization and coordination of stakeholders addressing climate change adaptation in Belize.

    The proposed initiative supports capacity enhancement within the national government structure (both central and local governments) as well as capacities within supporting non-state institutions. The primary aim of proposed interventions is the creation of an enabling environment for effective climate change governance. The project targets public sector employees, decision makers and climate change technicians in its creation of the critical mass required to advance the national climate change agenda.

    The projects targets more specifically actors within the water sector as adaptation approaches and best practices will demonstrated through piloted initiatives linked to this sector. The value of the process is expected to result in widespread national benefits.

    Functions of the Authority:-

    •  Data Management
    •  Planning
    •  Water Allocation
    •  Water Quality – Protection
    •  Technical Assistance
    •  Water Conservation
    •  Public Awareness

    Water Awareness and Protection Campaign Ads Below:

    NIWRA Video 1

    NIWRA Video 2