Government improves climate change monitoring
The Department of Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs), last week hosted a national training workshop on the Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) Portal.
The workshop assisted participants in developing tools that will be used to create scenarios for hazard management, evaluating drought, and generating weather scenarios for impact studies.
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 the effects of climate change is necessary for assisting the generation of scientific information, and in analysis to make informed decisions for policy formulation and implementation.
Upon completion of the training, groups were 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. The groups will subsequently present the outputs to relevant line ministries and departments.
The CARIWIG training workshop at the Bay Gardens Inn was held from June 19 to June 30.