The Government of Saint Lucia and private sector stakeholders gathered for critical talks on 27th February 2019, in preparation for Saint Lucia’s first Biennial Update Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Saint Lucia has delivered three national communications on climate change. These reports provide information on Saint Lucia’s efforts to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Biennial Update Report will be used to further share information, especially about Saint Lucia’s effort to mitigate climate change, and also to chart the way forward for the sustainable development of the country.
The meeting discussed the greenhouse gas inventory (which estimates the emissions of gases that cause the warming of the planet) and mitigation assessments conducted under the Third National Communication process, as well as the proposed work plan in these areas for the project cycle 2019-2020.
Currently, the island is working along with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to promote the Biennial Update Report activities. The process allows for building the capacity of civil servants and members of the private sector, compile the various data sets and produce various evidenced-based reports.
To this end, Saint Lucia has successfully secured a project valued at US$352,000 to undertake the data collection, analysis and production of the Biennial Update Report, well as to engage in public education and outreach on climate change. The main objective of this project is to advance Saint Lucia’s obligations in combating and responding to the effects of climate change under the UNFCCC process.
Minister for Sustainable Development, Dr Gale T.C. Rigobert noted: “Meeting our obligations under international conventions is essential to us securing the necessary financial support in order to be able to further mitigate and adapt to climate change. Saint Lucia continues to lead the charge as a small island developing state which continues to be adversely affected by the impacts of climate change.”
The National Climate Change Committee will lend support to the implementation of activities for the duration of the project over the next two years.
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.