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IDB hosts climate change worshop
Implementation of Government’s reforms in the area of climate change will be on the agenda, at Understanding the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation, a project launch workshop, tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain. At the backdrop of this technical cooperation initiative, between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, is a US$80 million dollar IDB loan that has assisted the GORTT with the implementation of various international best practices in the area of climate change. This initiative has helped improve the country’s response to climate change and ability to adapt and to strengthen the institutions responsible for the management of climate change related issues.
As part of the ongoing climate change programme, this high-level technical assistance on the costs of adaptation will assist Trinidad and Tobago to better decide on areas of intervention for adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change.
Presentations will be made by several key players including IDB Representative, Michelle Cross Fenty; IDB Climate Change Senior Specialist and project team leader, Gerard Alleng, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Clint Ramcharan, and Dr John Agard, leader of the project technical consultants team. Issues such as reducing the vulnerability and risk associated with climate change, options for adaptation and the costs of intervention will be on the agenda, at tomorrow’s project launch workshop.
According to the IDB country strategy with T&T for 2011-2015: “The implications of changes associated with climate change on the socio-economic and environmental conditions are expected to be significant, particularly in the key sectors of agriculture, human health, human settlements, coastal zones and water resources. “Moreover, the country has very high per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, on the order of 7.58 metric tons of carbon (in 2010 it was ranked number six globally). “The Government is strongly committed to improving the management of the economic and environmental risks resulting from climate change, as well as lowering its GHG per capita emissions, as evidenced by the steps that it has taken to develop a National Climate Change Policy.” In the document, the IDB commits to supporting the “mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and carbon reduction into the country’s development programme.”
It is expected that interventions will focus on:
• integration of climate change mitigation and adaptation concepts into key sector policies; and
• formulation of a stand-alone carbon reduction strategy and policy.
In addition, pilot activities related to coastal zone management in Tobago will likely be supported by technical assistance. The workshop begins at 8.30 am.
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