PRESS RELEASE: Castries, Saint Lucia, 25th June. Following an intense one-year consultation process, the Cabinet of Ministers approves Saint Lucia’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) 2018-2028; Sectoral Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for Water (Water SASAP) 2018-2028; Sectoral Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for Agriculture (Agriculture SASAP) 2018-2028; Sectoral Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for Fisheries (Fisheries SASAP) 2018-2028; Climate Change Communications Strategy; and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan of Saint Lucia’s National Adaptation Planning Process.
The NAP process, established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), builds on the progress that countries have already made in terms of climate change adaptation policy and action. It consists of continuous planning and implementation cycles and implies the iterative assessment of sectoral and cross-sectoral adaptation needs, the identification and prioritisation of actions to address those needs and the implementation of prioritised actions. The NAP process entails strong information management, coordination and communication efforts across sectors and among stakeholders, and requires the resources and skills needed to assess, plan, prioritise, coordinate, implement, monitor and review progress.
“Cabinet has noted this extensive national adaptation planning process, including an impressive number of outputs,” says Honourable Dr. Gale T. C. Rigobert, Minister for Sustainable Development. “Saint Lucia looks forward to forging partnerships and alliances that will assist in developing SASAPs for other sectors and implementing the measures, programmes, projects and activities outlined in our NAP, SASAPs and other support documents”. The Honourable Minister Rigobert has put out the call that the Government of Saint Lucia welcomes finance, technology transfer and capacity building from a variety of sources, including public, private, bilateral, multilateral and alternative sources in its thrust towards building climate resilience.