Dominica More Equipped in Climate Smart Disaster Management
A two day consultation was held at the Office of Disaster Management in Jimmit, with stakeholders from both the private and public sectors, where the impact of climate change on the island were discussed.
The consultation, which began on Thursday, November 7th, is under the theme, “Climate Smarting Our Country Work Programme”.
The main objectives of the consultation are to develop an awareness of climate change and its impact on a national level, including existing development challenges, vulnerabilities and future risk, focusing on hydro metrological hazards and events.
Mr. Lyndon Robertson, Programme Officer at Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) warned that Dominica must be cognizant of climate change, as it would pose risks of more intense storms and unseasonable rains falls that will result in more severe flooding.
He is optimistic however, that a draft Climate Smart Comprehensive Disaster Management Country Work Programme will be developed at the end of the consultation to aid in disaster management response.
Disaster management he explained is not the responsibility of the Office of Disaster management but is a shared responsibility with every sector in the entire civil society.
Other topics covered at the consultation were a review of the current Country Work Program, Climate Change, Impacts and adaptation strategies in Dominica and the Identification of Climate Change trends/hazards and impacts.
The consultation ended today Friday November 8th with a presentation from Sherrod James, Acting Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS).