At a full-day session on November 14th, the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) and co-opted agencies were updated on the various climate initiatives underway or completed, with the opportunity to provide guidance, further to input provided to date.
The NCCC was appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers in 1998, with a mandate to provide advice on and give support to national climate change-related programmes and processes, with membership comprising public, private sector and civil society entities and academia. This body, along with co-opted organisations, has met and interacted multiple times in the year 2019.
The role of the NCCC has evolved over time. It has helped to facilitate and guide national efforts relating to: climate change adaptation and building resilience; national climate change strategies and action plans; and climate change education, training and raising public awareness. The NCCC is expected to play a significant role in new and emerging initiatives including:
- Climate Change Adaptation Policy (CCAP)
- National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process
- Climate financing process in collaboration with the National Designated Authority (NDA) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF)
- Climate Change Bill that is under development.
Revised Terms of Reference are being finalized to enable the more effective functioning of the NCCC.
Presentations were made, not only by the Department of Sustainable Development as the climate change focal point, but also by a number of Government agencies involved in climate action, including the National Designated Authority NDA to the GCF, that is, the Department of Economic Development and agencies with responsibility for Energy, Gender Relations and Agriculture. The day ended with a presentation on the highlights of the upcoming 25th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled for Madrid in December 2019.
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.