The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP), Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), is providing technical assistance to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the development of a National Adaptation Plan (NAP).
National adaptation planning enables countries to assess their vulnerabilities, mainstream climate change risks, address adaptation, and is a highly participatory process. As such, over the course of three days (2nd - 4th August), decision-makers and technical officers will be consulted for input into the plan. Based on the results of the stakeholders’ consultation, a draft assessment report and roadmap will be presented for comments.
These consultations will build on the outcomes of a series of individual consultations, which took place earlier this year. The J-CCCP is also supporting Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA), development in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and has approved five pilot projects, with three additional projects under review. In an effort to build awareness, the Project is in the process of developing a communications campaign, following the results of a knowledge, attitudes and practices study, and has provided climate change training to four Vincentian journalists. This is all with the aim of advancing the process of inclusive low-emission climate-resilient development in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The J-CCCP is a regional initiative working in 8 Caribbean countries, including Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The programme of work under the J-CCCP is in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Climate change is one of the most serious challenges to the Caribbean, and as such boosting resilience is crucial for the region’s development and is a clear part of UNDP’s global strategic plan of programme priorities. Agriculture, fisheries, water and sanitation, human health and coastal resources and infrastructure are all being affected by climate change and require responses at both community and national levels in the region.
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