Caribbean is­lands share cli­mate change adap­ta­tion plans

Jamaica Gleaner - - EARTH TODAY -

Se­na­tor Simon Stiell REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES FROM 11 Caribbean coun­tries and de­vel­op­ment agency part­ners will meet in Gre­nada’s cap­i­tal of St Ge­orge’s this week to dis­cuss strate­gies to pre­pare for the im­pact of cli­mate change.

Gre­nada held the fi­nal con­sul­ta­tion for its Na­tional Adap­ta­tion Plan (NAP) on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 11, and will now host peers from the re­gion to share lessons from its ex­pe­ri­ence through a two-day re­gional work­shop.

“Here in Gre­nada, we don’t have to look far to see the im­pacts of cli­mate change. We ex­pe­ri­ence them ev­ery day,” said Se­na­tor Simon Stiell, min­is­ter of state with re­spon­si­bil­ity for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Gre­nada’s NAP process will help pro­tect against the po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of ex­treme weather like Hur­ri­cane Ivan in 2004. We look for­ward to shar­ing what we have learned about na­tional adap­ta­tion plan­ning with oth­ers in the Caribbean com­mu­nity to build our coun­tries’ re­silience to cli­mate change,” added Kevin An­dall, per­ma­nent sec­re­tary with re­spon­si­bil­ity for hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The NAP process was cre­ated by the United Na­tions as an op­por­tu­nity for coun­tries to plan for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the face of cli­mate stress. The Paris Agree­ment calls on all coun­tries to en­gage in NAP pro­cesses, with each coun­try’s NAP driven by its unique adap­ta­tion needs.

Hosted jointly by Gre­nada’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and the En­vi­ron­ment; the UNDP Ja­pan-Caribbean Cli­mate Change Part­ner­ship (J-CCCP); and the NAP Global Net­work, the NAP as­sem­bly will see adap­ta­tion plan­ners shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of na­tional adap­ta­tion plan­ning and ac­tion.

The Caribbean NAP As­sem­bly aims to out­line next steps in the NAP process for coun­tries in the Caribbean re­gion, and how de­vel­op­ment part­ners, such as USAID and the UNDP J-CCCP, can co­or­di­nate their sup­port to help coun­tries to ad­vance their Na­tional Adap­ta­tion Plans.

“Cli­mate change ef­fects pose a se­ri­ous threat to the liveli­hoods of many Caribbean peo­ple,” said Anne Ham­mill, direc­tor of the NAP Global Net­work sec­re­tariat.

PRO­TECT­ING COM­MU­NI­TIES

“Through ro­bust na­tional adap­ta­tion plan­ning pro­cesses that con­sider the needs of dif­fer­ent key sec­tors like agri­cul­ture, health and tourism, coun­tries can make im­por­tant strides to­ward pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties and ecosys­tems,” she added.

In ad­di­tion to Gre­nada, par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries in­clude An­tigua and Bar­buda, Do­minica, St Kitts and Ne­vis, Belize, Guyana, Ja­maica, St Lu­cia, St Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, and Suri­name.

“UNDP’s com­mit­ment to ad­dress­ing cli­mate change chal­lenges within the re­gion is cer­tainly seen with the advent and sub­se­quent ac­tiv­i­ties of the J-CCCP,” said Chisa Mikami, UNDP’s deputy res­i­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“Ja­pan is ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing cli­mate-re­silient de­vel­op­ment ap­proaches in the Caribbean, and has been mak­ing key in­vest­ments in cli­mate change adap­ta­tion tech­nolo­gies in the re­gion,” she added.

“This work­shop is a great op­por­tu­nity for our col­leagues to learn more about the NAP process with the added value of learn­ing from peers. We are keen to have these shared ex­pe­ri­ences en­hance ef­forts to ad­vance re­spec­tive NAP pro­cesses,” Mikami said fur­ther.

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