4NC+BUR: Fourth National Communication and First Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From June 2, 2017 to May 31, 2021

Project ID: 5939

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Technical team

  • Climate Strategies and Policy Programme

Cross-cutting programme(s)

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming integrated policy and planning for climate-resilient & sustainable development


  • Marine
  • Human altered areas


  • Coasts
  • Urban areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Fisheries
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Energy

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Monitor inventory
  • Governance
  • Capacity building


  • Environmental accounting
  • Data quality
  • Impact assessment
  • Institutional framework
  • Research

Social inclusion

  • Women

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning

Conventions and protocols

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • National Communications

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution

Project description

The objective of this project is to enable Belize to prepare its Fourth National Communication (FNC) under decision 17/CP7 and the First Biennial Update Report (BUR) under decision 2/CP17 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. To facilitate Fourth communication/ BUR delivery, the project will employ a strategy which:•Identifies relevant institutional structures and arrangements which provides a basis for cooperation and information exchange. This strategy is also key for continuity of processes and for the enabling of consistent BUR reporting. •Establishes national foundations for quality control and activity validation, introducing additional elements of rigor into this and subsequent GHG inventories.•Amends national mechanisms and processes to ensure the effective integration of gender perspective into key relevant process outputs. The Fourth National Communication and First Biennial Update Report information on national circumstances will be updated considering all new studies, projects and research conducted since this communication and BUR was prepared. It includes an update of the country's characterization in terms of geography, demography, natural resources, climate, education, social and cultural aspects, and macroeconomic parameters such as employment, income and services. It will also include characterization of specific sectors such as agriculture, forestry, water resources, fisheries, coastal and marine resources, energy, wastes, tourism, transportation, human settlements, and health. Special attention will be given to the new information and data on the sectors that contribute the most to greenhouse gas emissions.The enabling activity supporting FNC/ BUR preparation is being extended to support an analysis of how the described national circumstances can affect Belize's capacity to address Climate Change mitigation and adaptation. The update of institutional arrangements and structures pertinent to preparation of the national communications and biennial update reports ensure national inventories with greater transparency, coherence, comparability, exhaustiveness and accuracy.

USD $852,000

Grant amount

USD $215,500

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($852,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development

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