OECS supports climate adaptation

OECS supports climate adaptation

GIS:-The CCCCC Engages the OECS Commission in Climate Resilient Decision Making.

Key OECS Commission officers are now trained in the use of the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL), an online support system for climate resilient decision making uniquely developed for use in the Caribbean by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).

CCORAL seeks to help decision makers plan with a climate or climate change focus and thereby identify actions that minimize climate related loss, take advantage of opportunities and build climate resilient development in their countries.

The online application is designed to engender a risk management ethos in decision making through a pragmatic approach: promoting the right tools and techniques to fit the context of Caribbean decision making, paired with available time and resources, and the uncertainty of climate variability and change.

The five-day training course, held in Castries, Saint Lucia from July 3-7, was implemented by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the United States Agency for International Development/ Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC) under the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID CCAP).

Specific objectives of the training program were: an overview of Climate Variability/Climate Change and impacts in the region; the regional approach to resilience building; learning how to use CCORAL; applying CCORAL through a nationally relevant case study; and sharing lessons in the application of CCORAL.

OECS Commission officers trained in the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool are now able to provide assistance to OECS member states in its application and influence its adoption in day-to-day decision-making processes and activities.

The USAID CCAP being implemented by the CCCCC commits US$25.6 million over four years to boost climate resilient development and reduce climate change induced risks to human and natural assets in 10 countries.

Beneficiary countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.

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