State of the Caribbean Climate 2017

C’bean countries urged to be aware of the effects of climate change

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, December 12, 2019

The impact of climate change across the Caribbean is bearing heavily on regional economies and countries are being urged to be aware of the debilitating effects.

They were also warned to keep an eye on the slow-onset impacts of climate change and the vulnerability they create.

The University of the West Indies (UWI), and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Wednesday hosted a climate-smart workshop at the Pegasus Hotel, where the State of the Caribbean Climate 2017 report was also addressed.

Director of UWI’s Climate Studies Group, Professor Michael Taylor, said climate change has been making inroads through droughts and rises in sea level. The after-effects always drain the economy.

“You’re always having now to spend money to recover from those effects. You can put those effects in any sector. So, the health sector, the education sector, the disruption of schools and distress teachers and students and students are placed under, and even the agriculture sector,” the professor noted.

The CDB has made climate resiliency a priority of its work programme. Programme Manager Dr. Yves Personna said they had raised some $85.5Billion (US$410Million) to support disaster risk management and climate resilience interventions.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings had told the UN’s 74th General Assembly back in September that Guyana was pursuing transformative action to become a sustainable modern state despite its vulnerability to natural disasters.

Guyana has incorporated the Sustainable Development Agenda into its national development strategy – the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 – to make a green state a reality.

The two-day workshop was the first of three planned climate-resilient meetings by the organisers.