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Region to focus on climate change

Experts are predicting that the Caribbean is likely to experience warmer summers, extreme weather events, water scarcity, marine bio-diversity loss, sea level rise, increases in disease outbreaks, political destabilisation and travel cost increases through mitigation, as a result of climate change.

And as a result, it has become increasingly important for decision makers at the regional, national and local levels to have specific and accurate data on the impacts of climate change.

To this end, a training workshop titled: Climate Change Modelling and Adaptation in the Caribbean Region, is currently in progress at the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The workshop, which began on Monday and runs until January 19, aims to equip policy makers from Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, with the tools needed to understand how to use and model the climate change data, use such information when making future projections and selecting adaptation options.

Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe, is expected to deliver the keynote address during the official opening ceremony of the workshop on Friday at Cave Hill at 8:30 a.m.

The training course was developed by the Climate Studies Group Mona of the UWI, Mona Campus, and the Cuban Institute of Meteorology on behalf of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, to train people in the use of critical data and equip them with the necessary tools needed.

The first workshop was conducted from August 20 to 31 in Jamaica, and saw policy makers from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis taking part.

During the two-module training course, participants will be exposed to topics such as Climate Change; Climate Change Projections; Communicating Climate Change; Risk and Vulnerability Analysis; Methods in Adaptation; Disaster Risk Reduction and Children in the Caribbean, and the Economics of Climate Change.

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