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Terminal Evaluation of Belize Chemicals and Waste Management Project
Commissioning Unit: Belize
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 04/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Belize
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Provision should be made in the near future for incentives to enable the separation and recycling of e-waste(this is understood to be considered in the near future)

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/25] [Last Updated: 2020/12/03]

Belize Solid Waste Management project sets in place a functioning landfill site supported by transfer station which allows for sorting for recycling. Transfer stations for Belize central corridor in place. Stations for southern Belize under development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implement national solid waste management project
[Added: 2020/03/04]
Government of Belize 2019/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The implementation of the National Solid Waste Management Programme is ongoing. Phase I which responds to the Belize Central Corridor which hosts Belize's largest population centers is completed.]
It is expected that the Government of Belize will address solid waste management across the country in coming years History
2. Recommendation:

The issue of roadside waste (litter, agricultural waste, rural road solid waste), should be addressed in a subsequent follow-on initiative.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/25] [Last Updated: 2020/12/03]

Project under consideration

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop follow-on activity
[Added: 2020/03/04] [Last Updated: 2020/07/27]
Government of Belize 2020/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Within the 2020 COVID19 environment, this action is no longer prioritized within national programming. As a result,a recommendation is made for this temporary recommendation.]
History
3. Recommendation:

A strategy for plastics wastes needs to be developed and implemented (this is reported to be under consideration by Parliament, and scheduled for enactment in April 2019)

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/25] [Last Updated: 2020/12/03]

Ban on Single use plastic in place

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
GoB passed legislation government the banned use of single use plastics in Belize
[Added: 2020/03/04]
Government of Belize 2019/12 Completed
4. Recommendation:

More public education on the issues of solid waste, chemicals, and environmental protection would be beneficial to all segments of the population of Belize.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/25] [Last Updated: 2020/12/03]

Action taken up jointly by the Department of Environment (DoE) and Solid Waste Management Authority (SWAMA)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implementation of Public Education Campaign
[Added: 2020/03/04]
Government of Belize 2019/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:

The issue of expanding the elimination of burning of agricultural sugar cane harvesting waste should be discussed with the Sugar Industry Research & Development Institute (SIRDI), and a program of promoting the initiative adopted.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/25] [Last Updated: 2020/12/03]

SIRDI continues to promote green harvesting and have worked to expand the acreage of sugar plantations now only relying on a single control burn per cropping season. This replaces traditional practices of two burns.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Promote green harvesting Promote single burn systems
[Added: 2020/03/04]
SIRDI 2019/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:

A review should be made, and conclusions drawn regarding the feasibility of obtaining a higher price for “Green Sugar Cane”.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/25] [Last Updated: 2020/12/03]

Cane farms in northern Belize are Fair Trade certified, i.e. they already benefit from   Fair-trade Premiums for sales of Fair-trade cane sugar. Linked to their certification is actions which invest in sustainable production system. Much of the work associated with climate change adaptation, green harvesting, and reduce chemicals input is associated with their fair-trade certification.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore additional opportunities for certification and niche markets supporting “green sugar cane”
[Added: 2020/03/04] [Last Updated: 2020/04/16]
Sugar cane Farmers Association Belize Sugar Industry BSI/ASR 2019/12 Completed This is an ongoing initiative on the part of the industry. History
7. Recommendation:

The government and SIRDI should initiate discussions on expanded purchase and rental of mechanized equipment for pesticide and fertilizer application to sugar plantations, this would result in lessened volumes of pesticides and fertilizers being used, with corresponding reduction in costs to the farmers.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/25] [Last Updated: 2020/12/03]

Agreements in place for support from processors BSI/ASR

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provision of support to farmers
[Added: 2020/03/04]
SIRDI/ BSI/ASR/ Sugar cane farmers 2019/12 Completed A formal agreement exists between farmers and BSI/ASR. This agreement covers investments in extension support as well as the use of machinery to support efficient sugar cane cropping. History

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