Belize is a small country (pop. 330,000) bordering Mexico and Guatemala. In recent years, poverty has increased due to a stagnating economy and the impact of frequent hurricanes and tropical storms. Climate change (sea level rise, more severe and frequent storms) are expected to increase Belize’s vulnerability as more than 50% of the population and businesses are located on or near the long low lying coastline.
The project supports rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country’s road infrastructure to address increased flood risk. It also builds the government’s capacity to better plan land use to increase resilience to climate change (e.g., improved zoning) and to upgrade road maintenance.