Officials Discuss Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation

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Participants of the workshop

Adaptation to climate change is a critical concern of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), as Small Island countries are the most vulnerable to climate change impact and thus there is increasing recognition to support the building capacity of SIDS for adaption.

With that, the Small Grants Programme (SGP) is taking the lead in efforts at building adaption capacity at the community level.

The SGP officially launched a capacity building seminar for SIDS CBA programme on Thursday December 13th.

This seminar is an opportunity for community based organizations (CBO’s) and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and other groups within vulnerable communities, to learn more about climate change adaptation and build capacity in conducting vulnerable risks assessments and developing proposals to access grants.

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Mr. Ottis Joslyn, member of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the seminar, Mr. Ottis Joslyn of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), says the building of the resilience of the impact of climate change is the responsibility that lies on all who it will affect.

Mr. Joslyn says their challenge is to find the solutions to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, enhance the ability of communities themselves to identify risks and to undertake all adaption measures.

With this he says national and regional agencies must facilitate that transformation, and this is why such a seminar is important.

He said reducing risks must anticipate the impact of extreme weather events, so our actions will be directed towards prevention and preparedness rather than reaction.

He says the CCCCC stands firm in the efforts to reduce the effects of climate change as it is their mandate.

Director of the Environmental Coordinating Unit and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Focal Point Mr. Lloyd Pascal, pointed out that in a report on World Environment Day 2010, Dominica was one of the four most vulnerable countries in the world in relation to climate change.

Other countries are Guatemala, Myanmar and Vanuatu.

Mr. Pascal says natural disasters are not something that can be eradicated; however what we can do is plan so the effects of such are minimized.

 

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