Several Caribbean territories were represented at a recent European Union climate change workshop:
The “Islands and Adapting to Climate Change” workshop … was geared towards small islands, addressed challenges and applicable tools that overseas territories can implement to manage climate change adaptation initiatives and strategies.
In attendance were representatives from The Cayman Islands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaco, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Wallis & Futuna, Fresh Polynesia, New Caledonia, St. Pierre ET Miquelon, the Falkland Islands and Greenland.
Also in attendance were representatives from the European Commission, the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, (OCTA) the United Kingdom´s Department of International Development (DFID) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).
In an update to the Department of Information and Public Relations on her return to office last week, [the British Virgin Islands] Climate Change Coordinator, Ms. Angela Burnett Penn, highlighted some major items discussed.
“Overseas Countries and Territories are among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. The Caribbean overseas territories (OT) of the UK are currently working on a joint climate change declaration to push our agenda,” Burnett Penn reported.
She added that, “Workshop participants agreed that a priority for OTs is the development of a common adaptation strategy on climate change. This would encompass three central pillars which are sustained financing, a local and EU level political strategy and local capacity building.”
For more information read the full article from BVI Platinum News.
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