UNDP Support in Caribbean SIDS

Introduction

With more than half of its population living within 1.5km of the shoreline, Caribbean SIDS share similar environmental and socio-economic concerns as other SIDS - especially when it comes to adapting to climate change. Global climate change has induced such climate condition to change in an extreme direction, dramatically increasing the number of very warm days and nights in Caribbean region according to the analysis of data from the late 1960s to 2000. There is also a trend towards an overall decrease in precipitation, with prolonged dry spells having occurred over the last few decades.

The projected consequences of climate change for the Caribbean—higher temperatures, declining precipitation, rising sea levels and potentially adverse changes in the patterns of extreme weather events—have strong implications for long-term development in the region. Within the Caribbean, the most vulnerable sectors include tourism, freshwater, agriculture (food security), human settlements and economic infrastructure. Other important over-lapping sectors include human health, biodiversity and fisheries.

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Source: UNFCCC, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Small Island Developing States - Background paper for the expert meeting on adaptation for Small Island Developing States, and Medeiros, Hove, Keller, Echeverría, Parry (2011) “Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: The Carribean.” Adaptation Partnership / International Institute for Sustainable Development; and Caribbean News, Grenada to receive German-funded climate change projects, 8 December 2011.