Country: Saint Lucia
Funded by: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Port of Spain
Amount: 36,250 USD
Saint Lucia’s geographic location, topographic profile and specific social and economic factors make it vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change.
Historically, hurricanes and floods have had the most disastrous impacts. In the last half century, seven storms and hurricanes have resulted in the loss of life and property. These events cause the diversion of limited resources from other development priorities towards relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities.
Human activities have also enhanced the risk from natural events. Deforestation, inappropriate land use, poorly planned physical development, and certain agricultural practices increase the risk of landslides and flooding that cause substantial damage to property, crops and coastal resources.
Saint Lucia depends on surface sources to meet its water requirements. Severe, prolonged drought events have reduced the attractiveness of the islands natural scenery and caused potable water rationing which have diminished the appeal of the tourism product. Droughts have also adversely affected agricultural development.
The government of Saint Lucia has prepared a National Climate Change Policy and Adaptation Plan providing broad guidance on processes, plans and strategies to address the impacts of climate change and guide adaptation. A “civil society agenda for climate change” will identify specific roles and responsibilities for civil society and describe processes, plans and strategies to include civil society in the decision making and implementation of responses to the impacts of climate change. (See project concept.)
The goal of the project is to build the capacity for civil society to participate in decision-making and action to address the negative impacts of climate change on natural resources and associated livelihoods.
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