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Climate Change and the Caribbeans Response to its Impacts Ulric OD Trotz, Ph.D Project Manager Adapting to Climate Change in the Caribbean (ACCC) Project.

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1 Climate Change and the Caribbeans Response to its Impacts Ulric OD Trotz, Ph.D Project Manager Adapting to Climate Change in the Caribbean (ACCC) Project

2 Climate Change: A Priority for the Caribbean Worlds industrial powers (OECD) account for 20% worlds population, but are responsible for >50 % of global emissions – the cause of global warming and resultant climate change. Developing countries emit < 25 % of total GHG emissions. Small Island States emit < 1% of global emissions.

3 Climate Change: A Priority for the Caribbean Small Island and lowlying coastal States have contributed little to the problem but are among the most vulnerable groups to GCC, and have low adaptive capacity. We are already experiencing the effects of GCC (e.g. SLR; extreme events; coral bleaching). We have no control over global mitigation. Hence, must implement appropriate adaptation strategies to ensure survival.

4 Climate Change: A Priority for the Caribbean Expected climate change impacts for region includeExpected climate change impacts for region include: –Sea level rise Saline intrusion into freshwater aquifers Coastal flooding and erosion –Increased temperatures Heat stress Coral bleaching Biodiversity loss Increased emergence of vector borne diseases

5 Climate Change: A Priority for the Caribbean –Changes in rainfall patterns Droughts or floods Decreased fresh water availability –Increased intensity of storm activity Direct damage of infrastructrure Loss of lives

6 Tourism in the Caribbean >US$20 billion in Visitor expenses CTO conservatively estimates that > 900,000 persons are directly or indirectly employed in this industry In most cases, tourism is a significant contributor to national GDP

7 Possible Climate Change Impacts on Tourism Direct damage to tourism plant and natural resources –Coral reefs –Beaches Loss of attractiveness of the region as a destination –Impacts on health – emergence of dengue, malaria, etc. –Reduced dive tourism if coral reefs are damaged –Milder Winters in the North Loss of employment in the industry Increased insurance costs for properties in vulnerable areas

8 Climate Change: A Priority for the Caribbean SIDS meeting, 1994 –BPOA Climate change identified as priority area of concern, requiring urgent action CARICOM governments requested OAS to support preparation of a regional project to address this issue CPACC Project formulated after a series of national and regional consultations

9 The Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Global Climate Change (CPACC) Project The GEF-funded Project (1998-2001) was executed by the Organization of American States in partnership with the University of the West Indies for Environment and Development, (UWICED) for the World Bank as the GEF Implementing Agency. The Projects overall objective is to support Caribbean countries in preparing to cope with the adverse effects of GCC, particularly sea-level rise in coastal areas, through vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning and related capacity building.

10 CPACC Project Components 1.Design and Establishment of Sea Level/Climate Monitoring Network 2.Establishment of Databases and Information Systems 3.Inventory of Coastal Resources and Use 4.Formulation of a Policy Framework for Integrated Adaptation Planning and Management 5.Coral Reef Monitoring for Climate Change 6.Coastal Vulnerability and Risk Assessment 7.Economic Valuation of Coastal and Marine Resources 8.Formulation of Economic/Regulatory Proposals 9.Green House Gas inventory

11 Accomplishments Nationally, all countries have NFPs and NICUs. –In some countries, National committees have been established to address climate change. Establishment of a sea level and climate monitoring system that contributes to regional and global assessment of the issues Improved access and availability of data Increased appreciation of climate change issues at the policy-making level and technical support to better define the regional position at the conventions

12 Accomplishments Meeting country needs for expanded vulnerability assessment, economic evaluation techniques, developing economic instruments and methodology for coral reef monitoring Created a network for regional harmonization Development of National Climate Change Adaptation policies and action plans

13 After CPACC Adapting to Climate Change in the Caribbean (ACCC) – Oct. 2001 – Sept. 2004 Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change (MACC) – Jan. 2003-Dec. 2006 Caribbean Community Climate change Centre (CCCCC) – Feb 2002 -

14 Adapting to Climate Change in the Caribbean (ACCC) Project $ Cdn. 3.4 million CCCDF grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to further capacity building efforts initiated under CPACC. Includes: –Development of business plan for Climate Change Centre –Support for RPIU until CCCCC established and operational –Development of a M.Sc. Programme in Climate Change at U.W.I. –Developing sectoral studies on climate change impacts and adaptive responses

15 Project 1: Detailed Project Design and Business Plan for Regional Climate Change Centre Project 2: Public Education and Outreach (PEO) Project 3: Integrating Climate Change into a Physical Planning Process using a Risk Management Approach Project 4: Strengthening Technical Capacity – through CIMH and National institutes, supporting Masters level course at UWI, development of region-specific climate change scenarios and liaison with other SIDS (in Caribbean and Pacific) ACCC Projects

16 Project 5: Integrating Adaptation Planning in Environmental Assessments for National and Regional Development Projects Project 6: Implementation Strategies for Adaptation in the Water Sector Project 7: Formulation of Adaptation Strategies to Protect Human Health Project 8: Adaptation Strategies for Agriculture and Food Project 9: Fostering Collaboration/Cooperation with non-CARICOM Countries

17 ACCC Progress to Date Developing risk management approach to address climate change impacts in the public and private sectors Regional Risk Management Workshop, Dec11-13, 2001 in Barbados Training Seminar for the Tourism and Financial Sectors, March 5-7, 2002, Barbados Training Seminar for the Water and Agricultural Sectors, July, 2002, Trinidad Regional Public Education and Outreach (PEO) Strategy drafted Regional PEO Workshop, April 22-24, 2002, Barbados National consultations planned for 2 nd and 3 rd quarters of 2002 Strategy to be implemented under MACC

18 Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change (MACC) PDF B grant to assist in defining MACC project components –Support national and regional consultations Sectoral and cross sectoral –Prepare full project proposal/document MACC

19 MACC (a) Mainstreaming adaptation to climate change in national development planning and public and private investment decisions. –A key activity of the project will be the work with key sectors (such as water supply, agriculture, forestry, land use planning) to incorporate climate change impact and risk assessment in their ongoing programs and long- term planning.

20 MACC (b) Assisting Institutional and Technical Support mechanisms: –(i) Assisting participating countries with Stage II adaptation under the UNFCCC: assessment of pilots for adaptation; coastal vulnerability assessments; –(ii) Support and coordination for the preparation of the 2 nd National Communications regional agenda on adaptation –(iii) Mainstreaming through a Permanent Institutional Mechanism to Address GCC in the Caribbean

21 MACC (c) Expand GCC monitoring and impact assessment as a basis for national and regional level decision making on adaptation. The following activities will be supported: –strengthening monitoring network wider geographical coverage; integration of global and Caribbean networks increased scope of measurements and data collection –downscaling global models –modeling under climate change scenarios

22 MACC (d)Cross-regional Dissemination and Replication –Under this component, the project will undertake activities to facilitate replication by disseminating results and lessons learned to other regions. Specifically, the project will support efforts aimed at disseminating mainstreaming activities in the Caribbean, to Pacific Island Nations and other low lying areas.

23 Climate Change Centre First Ministerial Meeting to consider the progress in the implementation of the BPOA mandated that a mechanism be in place to continue climate change work in the region after the conclusion of the CPACC Project On the recommendation of the Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) The initiative to establish a Regional Climate Change Centre was endorsed by the CARICOM Heads of Government at their Twenty-First Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, 2-5 July, 2000 Established as a legal entity at the CARICOM Heads of Government Intersessional Meeting, February, 2002.

24 The Objectives of the Centre Promoting protection of the earths climate system Enhancing regional institutional capabilities for the co-ordination of national responses to the adverse effects of climate change Providing comprehensive policy and technical support in the area of climate change and related issues and spearheading regional initiatives in those areas Performing the role of executing agency for regional environmental projects relating to climate change Promoting education and public awareness on climate change issues Facilitating regional consensus for negotiations related to the UNFCCC

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