Description of the project:

From July 2018 to October 2019, CANARI is providing technical assistance to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technology for the ‘Development of a Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Implementation Plan’.  This technical assistance project is one component of the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project which aims to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change.  This project is funded by the World Bank and the Climate Investment Fund’s Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. See here for project brief.

Goal:

Mainstreaming climate change resilience into development planning in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) through development of a National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Implementation Plan.

Key activities and outputs:

  • Preparation of an Issues Paper aimed at synthesising the policy context, gaps and needs, opportunities and challenges for SVG in addressing climate change to serve as the basis for discussions and analysis in stakeholder consultations.
  • Facilitation of a series of stakeholder consultations across SVG to enable a participatory policy process with inputs from the government, private sector and civil society, including typically underrepresented groups. This consultation process includes national workshops, targeted interviews and online consultations/virtual meetings. See First consultation report and Second consultation report.
  • Development of a Climate Change Policy that provides overarching guidance on national priorities, measures for adaptation and mitigation and the institutional framework for climate change planning, implementation and financing.
  • Development of a Climate Change Strategy and Implementation Plan, including a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, to operationalise the Climate Change Policy.
  • Provision of technical support to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technology to facilitate the Cabinet’s review and approval of the new Climate Change Policy.

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For more information, contact Natalie Boodram, Senior Technical Officer, at [email protected].

See related work under CANARI’s  Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.

Contact:Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer and Project Manager News and blogs: Developing a Climate Change Policy for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to mainstream climate resilience

Highlights

  • CANARI is supporting a participatory policy process through design of a stakeholder engagement strategy and facilitation of a series of national stakeholder workshops across SVG to enable input from government, civil society organisations, local communities and resource users and the private sector.
  • CANARI has prepared a Climate Change Issues Paper aimed at synthesising the policy context, needs, opportunities and challenges in SVG addressing climate change to serve as the basis for discussions and analysis in stakeholder consultations.
  • CANARI has developed a draft Climate Change Policy, which is currently under review, to provide overarching guidance on national priorities, measures for adaptation and mitigation and the institutional framework for climate change planning, implementation and financing.

 

What is CANARI doing?

From July 2018-May 2019, CANARI is providing technical assistance to support mainstreaming of climate change resilience into development planning in SVG.  The national government has identified the need to strengthen institutional frameworks to encourage climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction.  Currently, SVG lacks a comprehensive policy and the institutional arrangements to guide national climate change and DRR efforts and has yet to identify clear priorities and appropriate measures to address the impacts of climate change and related disasters.  A suitable climate change policy, strategy and implementation plan are needed to provide this enabling institutional environment for action on climate change and enhance sustainable development. Our approach to this technical assistance project includes a comprehensive desk review, targeted interviews and a series of in-country and online consultations for stakeholder inputs into the policy development process. This will be coupled with provision of technical support to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technology to facilitate the Cabinet’s review and approval of the Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Implementation Plan.  A key emphasis will be on ensuring the meaningful engagement and input of a wide range of stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector, including typically underrepresented and vulnerable groups.

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          See related work under CANARI’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.