About Saint Lucia’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP)
Saint Lucia’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) has been defined as a ten (10)-year process (2018–2028), consisting of priority cross-sectoral and sectoral adaptation measures for eight key sectors/areas and a segment on the “limits to adaptation,” complemented incrementally with Adaptation Strategies & Action Plans for priority sectors/thematic areas. Priority sectors/thematic areas for adaptation action include: Water; Agriculture; Fisheries; Infrastructure and Spatial Planning; Natural Resource Management/Resilient Ecosystems (terrestrial, coastal, and marine); Education; Health and Tourism. Other key sectors/thematic areas will be identified through a cyclical, iterative NAP process.
Saint Lucia’s NAP process is spearheaded by the Sustainable Development and Environment Division (SDED) of the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD), currently housed within the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations, and Sustainable Development. The NAP process has benefited from the inputs of multiple stakeholders, comprising public, statutory, academic, and private sector bodies. Indeed, this process has involved both state and non-state actors, such as media personnel, who play an important role in helping efforts to positively influence thinking, mould outcomes, change behaviour, and instigate action across the populace at all levels.
This process also supported a climate change website, animated videos, and training for Government entities and journalists in communicating about climate change. A NAP Assembly and Donor Symposium were also all made possible under this process, through the support of several entities.
Specifically, the process has benefited from the financial support of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Japan–Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP). Technical and financial support for Saint Lucia’s NAP process has also been provided through the United States (U.S.) In-Country NAP Support Programme (NAP-SP), implemented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Technical support for the chapter on the “limits to adaptation” in the NAP was provided under the IMPACT project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The IMPACT project is jointly implemented by Climate Analytics, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Charles and Associates (CAA) Inc. The Department extends its thanks to all of the foregoing and takes this opportunity to recognise the consultant, Clara Ariza, for her tireless efforts in Saint Lucia’s NAP process, under the able guidance of SDED.