CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CARIBBEAN: STRENGTHENING THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE – REGIONAL OFFICIALS MEET AT ACCRA NEXT WEEK
More than fifty policy makers from around the Commonwealth Caribbean are meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel for a two day seminar on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 November, where they will learn more about how they should plan for the impact of Climate Change on the region.
Permanent Secretaries from ministries of tourism, finance, water and energy will be hearing from experts from the Caribbean and the UK. Dr Leonard Nurse from CERMES, UWI is leading a team of knowledgeable speakers from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Hadley Centre in the UK and UN ECLAC in Trinidad. Participants will hear about weather and climate; the global heat balance; greenhouse gas emissions and their effects and the evidence for global climate change.
They will learn why they as policy makers should be concerned, what the implications are for regional economies and societies and why the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable. With specialist sessions on each of their individual subject areas, they will learn to think through how to incorporate climate change considerations into policy planning.
International initiatives – for example the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – and regional studies and programmes will be presented.