The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) called all regional countries to be prepared for climate change, especially the increase in global temperatures and extreme weather events that threaten to become more frequent in the region .
The OECS organization expert Crispin D’Auvergne, who works on climate change and disaster risk management said in Geneva that experts are predicting that the 2018 season will be as busy as the last, when three major storms – Harvey, Irma and Maria – devastated parts of the Caribbean.
D’Auvergne supported on behalf of the OECS an action proposed by UNCTAD on the Caribbean’s fight against this climate phenomenon.
UNCTAD developed a methodology recently put to the test in the Caribbean nations of Jamaica and Saint Lucia, as part of a three-year project looking at the impact of climate on coastal transport infrastructure in the region.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body. UNCTAD is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment, and development issues.
The UNCTAD project is dedicated to assess the climate-related risks and vulnerabilities of airports and seaports, the lifeline of island economies.
The project, on which D’Auvergne – a native of Saint Lucia – worked, concluded end of 2017. In an interview with UNCTAD, he explained the risks ahead and why the Caribbean nations should take to adaptation measures.
Saint Lucia contributes just 0.0015% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet as a small island state it is among the most vulnerable to sea-level rise and more extreme events.
D’Auvergne thinks the more serious impact will be the decline in water as a result of changing rainfall patterns, because some islands are scarce in hydraulic sources. “The Caribbean is special in the sense that lie in an area that is prone to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis,” said D’Auvergne.
Such extreme weather events are expected to become more frequent as global temperatures rise, and Caribbean islands need to adapt, he added. D’Auvergne backed a 70 million Euro climate initiative launched by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States in November 2017.
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance between countries and dependencies in the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean.
It also performs the role of spreading responsibility and liability in the event of natural disaster.The Caribbean organization brings together 10 islands in the region.