By Caribbean News Global
GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA, CITY – Ambassador Fiona Clouder visited Guatemala February 9 -10 and met with government, businesses, and civil society to scale up Guatemala’s ambition and identify solutions to the threat posed by climate change, following up on the commitments made at COP26 in Glasgow last year, the British Embassy Guatemala City announced Thursday.
On November 2021, the COP26 delivered the historic Glasgow Climate Pact signed by almost 200 countries. States ensured promises on emissions reductions to keep 1.5 degrees alive. Other commitments made included building adaptation frameworks for vulnerable countries, and get finance flowing to achieve these goals.
During the visit “ambassador Clouder met with the minister of foreign affairs, Mario Búcaro; the Secretary of the National Council of Protected Areas – CONAP, Carlos Martínez; business organizations developing sustainable projects, and went on a city tour to explore electric/green mobility initiatives put in place by Guatemala’s Mayoralty.”
Ambassador Clouder praised Guatemala’s participation at COP26 and urged the country to accelerate finance to tackle the climate crisis, continue expanding renewable power generation, combating illegal wildlife trade, transitioning to zero-emissions transportation, and ending deforestation.
“The UK will continue working with Guatemala on delivering these climate objectives and this year will start implementing the Biodiversity Landscapes Fund. A US$20 million initiative that for seven years will help Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize to tackle the impact of climate change, protect biodiversity and reduce poverty,” the British Embassy Guatemala City said in a press release on February 10, 2022.