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Govt secures US $25.6m for climate change

Monday, August 28, 2017
Camille Robinson-Regis

Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis says that Cabinet has given approval for T&T’s participation in a CARICOM Climate Change Centre Climate Change Adaptation Programme.

According to a release from the ministry’s website, the programme is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to the amount of US $25.6 million, and will be implemented by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Climate Change Centre.

The release further states that as part of the programme, “Trinidad and Tobago will have to undertake activities to establish centralized institutions for the location of environmental and climate related data and information for easy access and management, establish systems to monitor the status of coral reefs, utilise satellite images and Geographical Information System (GIS) tools for decision making, training and capacity building for national technicians and local experts to support the incorporation of risk and hazard assessments in the planning and decision making process.”

According to the release, the aim of the Climate Change Adaptation Programme is to assist participating countries to “achieve climate change resilience, improve data management for decision making, improve data collection from critical socio-economic sectors, develop the enabling environment and build the capacity to access further international climate financing, and to achieve the post-2015 sustainable development goals.”

This release noted that participation in the program will be beneficial to T&T since “climate change and placing the environment at the centre of social and economic development are key themes of the National Development Strategy, Vision 2030. This project will have overall benefits to fisher folk, the agricultural sector, disaster mitigation and it will be a key factor in all-inclusive national development.”