Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Travel


Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Global climate change project launched in British Virgin Islands
Published on June 5, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

climate_change.jpg

ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the government of the British Virgin Islands launched the new Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project on climate change adaptation and sustainable land management in the BVI on Monday in Road Town, Tortola.

The project, which is supported by the European Union to the tune of 10.6 million Euros, targets the nine OECS member states and is geared at improving the region’s natural resource base resilience to the impacts of climate change through; effective and sustainable land management policy, capacity, awareness, and practices; and implementation of specific physical adaptation measures, including soil and land stabilisation, river and sea defence, forest and ecosystem restoration.

Permanent secretary within the ministry of natural resources and labour, Ronald Smith-Berkeley said that the issue of climate change was a significant problem that needed to be addressed urgently by Caribbean countries.

“We need to stop seeing the problems associated with the effects of climate change as just an environmental issue, but also as a developmental issue. Climate change is forecasted to touch several aspects of our day-to-day living,” he said.

He added, “I am glad that we have opted to join with the rest of the OTs [Overseas Territories] and come up with solutions, as well as learn from each other’s mistakes and strengths to ultimately better sustain and support our individual territories.”

Project technical team leader of the GCCA project on climate change adaptation and sustainable land management in the Eastern Caribbean, Chamberlain Emmanuel, said that there were several expected benefits for the launching of the GCCA.

“Expected benefits include; lowered risk of loss of life and property from the impacts of hazards and disasters; greater food security and improved soil and water conservation; greater public understanding of climate change and land degradation issues and support for sustainable land management practices; strengthened legal, institutional and policy framework to support sustainable land management; and specific physical adaptation interventions, including slope stabilisation, drainage improvement, river and sea defence, soil stabilisation works, reforestation and agro-forestry interventions, rain-water harvesting, eco-engineering, etc,” he said.

He added, “The level of benefits and success for each member state will be directly contingent upon demonstrated readiness and responsiveness, through its national committee… we look forward to working with your committee to maximise benefits from this initiative for the government and people of the British Virgin Islands.”

The project launch was followed by a meeting of national committee for the implementation of the project’s activities.
 
Reads: 1410





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: