British High Commission hosts the Barbados Premiere of “Partnerships for Resilience” film series
The British High Commission is hosting the launch of three short films in a series called “Partnerships for Resilience”. These films were produced to promote public awareness of the threats posed by climate change in the Caribbean and of the importance of developing adaptation strategies.
The films highlight what people across the region are doing to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the many direct and indirect impacts of climate change, and, in so doing, strengthening the resilience of the economy, society and environment of the Caribbean region.
The series was produced by the CARIBSAVE Partnership, a not-for-profit company based in Barbados, and was part of a larger project called the CARIBSAVE Climate Change Risk Atlas Project funded by the British and Australian governments.
British High Commissioner, Paul Brummell, explained the position of the United Kingdom, which is providing assistance to this international scientific collaboration and other Caribbean initiatives addressing the threat of climate change.
“Tackling climate change is a priority for the British government and forms a key part of our engagement with the Caribbean. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to play a part in funding this “Partnerships for Resilience“ series which not only highlights the dangers posed by climate change but also the innovative ways in which Caribbean communities are adapting to the threat.”
Dr Murray Simpson, CEO of the CARIBSAVE Partnership, stressed the importance of increasing public awareness of the threats from climate change: “The Caribbean is considered to be one of the most vulnerable regions in the word to the impacts of climate change.”
It is therefore very important that Caribbean communities, governments and scientists work together to examine how vulnerable they are to climate change and develop evidence-based strategies that reduce their vulnerability. For that process to be meaningful, Caribbean people need to be aware of the kind of risks they are exposed to – whether it is extreme weather events, floods, diseases, water and food shortages or sea level rise. They also need to be aware of existing projects or recommendations from around the region that are reducing the vulnerability of communities and small businesses and that can – and should – be replicated.
The launch will take place at the Hilton Hotel on 29th Feb from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and will include remarks from Minister of the Environment Hon Dr Denis Lowe. There will also be a short question and answer session with the film’s producer, Dr. Owen Day, and a panel of experts, including Dr Neville Trotz of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr Robin Mahon of UWI and representatives of the Coastal Zone Management Unit.