Dangriga and Hopkins, Southern Belize






Community Preparedness and Resilience

Belize is a low-lying coastal nation that is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the resulting intensification of natural hazards, chiefly storms and flooding. As approximately 40 percent of the population lives along the coast, it is crucial to strengthen disaster preparedness and mitigation mechanisms for vulnerable coastal populations and prioritize actions at the community level. As extreme weather events become more severe, rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and the degradation of valuable marine environments threaten protective coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, sea grass beds, and the Belize Coral Reef.

Due to the interrelated nature of disaster risk reduction and climate change, and their impact on coastal zone resource management and livelihoods in Belize, PADF has developed the project “Coastal Community Resiliency: Community-Based Approaches to Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation” in Belize.

The project will be implemented in the town of Dangriga and the village of Hopkins located in the Stann Creek District, and will target vulnerable socioeconomic and cultural groups. Over the course of 13 months and working in close coordination with local public, private, and academic entities, PADF will carry out a multi-phased project aimed at increasing community resilience in vulnerable coastal areas in the Stann Creek District through:

  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Community-Based Contingency Plan Development and Strengthening of Early Warning Systems;
  • Implementation of climate resilient infrastructure projects and climate change adaptation strategies.

The project will impact over 11,000 people in both communities.

Dangriga and Hopkins, Southern Belize