Prime Minister of Dominica urges countries in the region to collaborate more on climate change issues

The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, calls on the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to draw inspiration from the experiences of other regional blocs such as Asia and the Pacific, in particular with regard to the management of the impact of climate change.

“Dominica is fully prepared to share lessons and experiences from its efforts to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation,” Skerrit said at the opening of the two-day high-level conference on developing of a decision program based on science and data. -making on Resilience in the Caribbean on Thursday evening.

Skerrit told the event organized by the Climate Resilience Executing Agency for Dominica (CREAD), the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research and the Organization of American States (OAS) that it is his country’s strong desire to see the Caribbean become the first region resilient to climate change in the world.

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“And so, I challenge our regional organizations like CARICOM, CANARI, CIMH, CDEMA, the 5 Cs and others like the OAS and NOAA to put in place a resilient action learning program to the climate around CREAD’s activities,” Skerrit said.

“I am so serious about this that I intend to table resolutions on this, first in my Cabinet and Parliament, then in the OECS and CARICOM. We have to learn together, otherwise we will stagnate separately,” he added.

Skerrit said at the ceremony that the reality is that climate change is already upon the region and while “we are already dealing with its impacts, not only are we seeing stronger, bigger and more frequent storms, but droughts more intense, record heat waves, species, among others.

“The fact that the world’s major polluters are not taking enough action to stop global warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius, makes it imperative that we accelerate action and our own efforts to build resilience.”

He said next month the world will gather in Egypt for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) to discuss these issues.

Skerrit said that in line with his country’s resilience building agenda, he and the government are fully committed to the outcomes of the conference here.

One of the objectives of the conference is to identify critical gaps in the availability and use of scientific data to support decision-making on reducing vulnerability and building resilience in the Caribbean.

It also aims to assess good practices and lessons learned in building national, regional and global resilience, as well as to develop an agenda for collaboration between Caribbean governments and regional and international agencies to fill these critical gaps. short, medium and long term data. term.


Teresa H. Sadler