Dominica tackles climate resilience

first_img(L-R) George de Romilly, Samuel Carette, Dr. Kenneth Darroux and Lloyd Pascal.Officials within the ministry with responsibility for the environment, physical planning, natural resources and fisheries are taking the lead in the Caribbean region in adopting a strategy to tackle climate change. The ministry on Tuesday launched a low carbon climate resilient development strategy which they describe as a “platform” to placing the country on the path to creating a “green economy”.Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Fisheries, Samuel Carette told Tuesday’s launching that the document is in keeping with Dominica’s promotion as the Nature Island of the Caribbean.“We have spoken a lot about organic Dominica and organic agriculture; about our eco tourism ethos and so basically what we have been articulating over the years is a form of sustainable development pathway that we wish to attempt to follow over a period of time”.That strategy has been developed for an 8 year period, 2012 through to 2020.Carette explained that the strategy, “capture all our thoughts, actions and processes that we’ve been articulating and undertaking in a coherent and very integrated way to lead us into 2020 along the path of a green economy”.The document was created with a view to attracting financing for the implementation of some the necessary initiatives which must be taken.“We must position the country in a very strategic way to be able to gain access to some of the climate change funding,” Carette noted, but this he said is very necessary in order for the government to improve the quality of life of citizens.“The intention is to improve the quality of life our people, to ensure that our people continue to enjoy a decent standard of living and they continue to breath good fresh air, to enjoy our forests, enjoy our waters, enjoy our clean marine environment and to continue to live as long as possible”. Meanwhile one of the consultants who participated in putting the strategy together, George de Romilly, explained that the overall goal of the document is to promote growth and development on the island.“The overall goal is to promote sustainable development; to address poverty, to look at promoting exports, at promoting the growth of the productive sectors here. How do we address the concerns of food security, livelihoods, poverty, education, health issues and that’s where the strategy really comes together by looking at this in a holistic manner”.He also noted that climate change poses major challenges as governments must find funding to address damage caused by its effects every year.“We’re talking about millions of dollars in damage every year from climate change from sea rise, storm surge, increased hurricane intensity, landslides but there’s also an opportunity here which the government has articulated in this strategy”. He said however, despite the many challenges climate change poses there is an opportunity to be seized; an opportunity to transform the Dominican economy so that every citizen can benefit.“It’s an opportunity for green growth, a green economy to help transform the way we do things in Dominica”.He said it will create an opportunity to “train our people to make sure they have better jobs, that they have an opportunity to export some of these services, reduce some of the cost involved to the everyday Dominican and look at the energy costs”.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica tackles climate resilience by: – March 22, 2012 Share Share 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img