Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Caribbean countries to discuss how to develop effective National Adaptation Plans to Climate Change

Representatives of several Caribbean countries will participate from the 31st of May to 2nd of June in a regional workshop on how to develop effective National Adaptation Plans and reduce the vulnerability to the effects of Climate Change.

The objective of the workshop, to be held in Georgetown, Guyana, is to strengthen the capacity of public officials to develop National Adaptation Plans, through the identification of the main tools available to develop these plans, and the exchange of experiences and lessons learned. The idea is that these plans can facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation into government policies and programs.

The event is part of the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme, implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Two additional workshops with the same features have already been held delivering successful results, one in Panama for the Central American countries, Dominican Republic and Cuba and another one in Colombia for South American countries and Mexico.

UN Environment also launched last year, through the REGATTA initiative which is financed by the Government of Spain, a community of practice for public officials in Latin America and the Caribbean responsible for developing the elaboration of the National Adaptation Plans. Researchers and specialists in international cooperation, as well as civil society and the private sector, advise countries on issues of common interest. A regional forum is used to discuss relevant matters, tools and topics related to the planning, elaboration and implementation of the National Adaptation Plans in Latin America and the Caribbean.