St Vincent & the Grenadines publish Caribbean’s first policy on climate change

The tiny state of St Vincent & the Grenadines will submit its national report on how it plans to cope with climate change to the UN in May. The islands are the first in the Caribbean to produce such a plan.

Working with Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change (CPACC), a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (see related story), the Government of St Vincent & the Grenadines has published a draft national climate change plan and has begun public consultation.

As a nation made up of more than 33 islands, the CPACC describes St Vincent & the Grenadines as contributing “very little to global emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming” but as “very vulnerable”. Rises in sea level and the increasing frequency of “extreme weather” are the symptoms of climate change most feared by Caribbean governments.

St Vincent & the Grenadines’ report includes a vulnerability assessment for the country and makes recommendations for future policy.

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