En­hanc­ing na­tional ca­pac­ity to utilise Cli­mate Change Im­pact Tools for de­ci­sion mak­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Depart­ment of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Caribbean Com­mu­nity Cli­mate Change Cen­tre (5Cs) is host­ing a na­tional train­ing work­shop at the Bay Gar­dens Inn on the Caribbean Weather Im­pacts Group (CARIWIG) Por­tal and cli­mate change im­pacts tools, which will be used to cre­ate sce­nar­ios for hazard management, eval­u­at­ing drought, and gen­er­at­ing weather sce­nar­ios for im­pact stud­ies.

The train­ing work­shop opened on Mon­day June 19 and runs un­til June 30, 2017.

Upon com­ple­tion of the train­ing, groups will be formed and tasked to use one of the tools to con­duct a sci­en­tific as­sess­ment and de­velop a pol­icy brief on a prac­ti­cal event in the coun­try over a six-month pe­riod, fol­low­ing which they will present the out­puts to rel­e­vant line min­istries and de­part­ments. Tech­ni­cal sup­port and guid­ance will be pro­vided by the 5Cs and re­lated fa­cil­i­ta­tors over this pe­riod.

Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing States (SIDS), like Saint Lu­cia, are par­tic­u­larly threat­ened by cli­mate change, and face the prospect of par­tial or to­tal in­un­da­tion by sea-level rise, more fre­quent and in­tense trop­i­cal storms, in­creased coastal ero­sion and saline in­tru­sion, higher air and sea tem­per­a­tures, and more er­ratic rain­fall con­di­tions. Th­ese, and other po­ten­tial im­pacts, ex­ac­er­bate cur­rent vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and pose se­ri­ous chal­lenges to ecosys­tems, liveli­hoods and economies. Some fac­tors, in­clud­ing a high pop­u­la­tion den­sity and in­fra­struc­ture in coastal re­gions, poor land use and on­go­ing land and nat­u­ral re­source degra­da­tion pro­cesses, high lev­els of unem­ploy­ment and the coun­try’s re­liance on imported food and fuel, ex­ac­er­bate Saint Lu­cia’s vul­ner­a­bil­ity to cli­mate change.

As th­ese changes have im­pli­ca­tions for the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion, nat­u­ral re­sources and econ­omy, mon­i­tor­ing of cli­mate change im­pacts is nec­es­sary for as­sist­ing in the gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion, and in anal­y­sis to make in­formed de­ci­sions for pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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