Recognising the challenges that climate change poses to its population, natural resources and economy, the Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) has taken considerable measures to identify and address, to the extent possible, current and future climate risks at policy and operational levels. In 2017, Saint Lucia embarked on its National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process to facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation considerations into all relevant policies and programmes, and into development planning. Through the NAP process, initiatives to address critical climate change-related risks and development priorities are being developed in an integrated and coordinated manner, utilising existing and future synergies.
Saint Lucia’s NAP has been defined as a 10-year process consisting of priority cross-sectoral and sectoral adaptation activities, complemented with Sectoral Adaptation Strategies and Action Plans (SASAPs). The Government of Saint Lucia has secured a second round of funding through the United States In-Country NAP Support Program through the NAP Global Network to continue the NAP process including a Resilient Ecosystems Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan will be developed.
Given the importance placed on resources and ecosystems at the global level, and the priority to ensure the sustainable use and conservation these natural resources and ecosystems of the oceans’ resources at the national level, the GOSL, is spearheading the development of a Resilient Ecosystems Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan in Saint Lucia, as a priority selected in consultation with the National Climate Change Committee.
Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert acknowledges the importance of a coordinated approach to climate change adaptation across all sectors, and anticipates the emerging adaptation measures deemed critical for building resilience of the country’s ecosystems. Dr. Rigobert adds that “this approach is consistent with the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan for climate change, efforts being undertaken in Biodiversity conservation and will follow the steps, format and recommendations offered in the 2018 ‘Guidelines for the development of SASAPs’ prepared by the Government of Saint Lucia.”
Last October stakeholders came together to review the various measures and to begin to develop project concept notes as part of a project portfolio for this strategy and action plan. At yesterday’s meeting, the measures were validated and endorsed by relevant stakeholders, these will guide decision-making processes related to development and climate change adaptation of Saint Lucia’s ecosystems (both terrestrial and marine), offering solutions to technical, institutional, financial, and regulatory and policy limitations currently hampering adaptation in the sector.
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 451 8746.