Castries, Saint Lucia, 17th July 2019. The Government of Saint Lucia, under the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process is continuing its efforts to build climate resilience through engagement with all sectors of the Saint Lucian society, including the private sector. Bridging the climate finance gap and the involvement of the private sector in the climate change discussion, has gained global significance. Indeed, the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, private sector, civil society, public sector, academia, the media, is paramount in ensuring that the fight against climate change doesn’t remain the sole preserve of Government.
As part of this continuing thrust and as a follow-up to consultations held in November 2018 and February 2019 for the development of a Climate Change Private Sector Engagement Strategy as well as a Climate Financing Strategy, the Department of Sustainable Development will be hosting a 2-day TRAINING course on ACCESSING CLIMATE FINANCE. The much anticipated workshop will be held at the Golden Palm Conference Centre (behind Massy, Rodney Heights) from 17th to 18th July, 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.; and a 1-day VALIDATION session for the Climate Change Private Sector Engagement and Climate Financing Strategies will be convened at Creole Conference Room, Coco Resorts (Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet) on 19th July at from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.
The training and validation exercises would not be possible without the unwavering assistance provided by the United States In-Country NAP Support Program, through the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The IISD has been instrumental in helping Saint Lucia fulfil a number of activities under our NAP process.
Dr. Gale T. C. Rigobert, Minister with responsibility for climate change noted the significance of the climate finance training and the two critical instruments being developed. As Saint Lucia seeks to build its resilience to climate change, the Minister sees access to climate finance and having the necessary policies and strategies in place, as being fundamental to our efforts towards a more climate resilient Saint Lucia. The participation of several key sectors in this training is a testament to their commitment and recognition of the importance of partnership and collaboration, as the country continues to plan for, respond to, and address the adverse impacts of climate change.
For more information on climate action in Saint Lucia, visit Saint Lucia’s Climate Change Website at: http://www.climatechange.govt.lc/ or call the Department of Sustainable Development at 468 5833.