A two-day consultative workshop geared at mainstreaming climate change adaptation into comprehensive disaster management has been launched in Dominica.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop on Thursday, Lyndon Robertson, Program Officer at Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), pointed out it is his hope that a draft climate smart plan for the island will be created at the end of the consultation.
“We are increasingly faced with man made disasters in terms of chemical disasters, fires … in this era we have to be conscious of climate change,” he said.
According to him projections show that there will be an increase in the number of disasters affecting the region thus climate change adaptation is the way forward.
“The initiative of comprehensive disaster management evolved in the region since 2001 and has been enhancing and advancing since then,” he said.
The Objectives of the consultation include developing an awareness of climate change and its impacts at the national level including existing development challenges, vulnerabilities and future risks focusing on hydro-meteorological hazards and events.
It will also identify existing and alternative adaptation options for disaster risk reduction nationally and sector level and gaps in current capacities. It aim to prioritise and sequence viable adaptation options into entry points and actions that build on the current comprehensive disaster management country work programme framework for disaster risk reduction and integrate climate change considerations into a draft climate smart Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) and Comprehensive Work Program (CWP) for Dominica.
Topics to be covered include an overview of the guidance tool for mainstreaming climate change adaptation, review of the current CWP and enhancement beyond 2012, climate change impacts in Dominica, adaptation options and entry points in the CWPs, among others.
Presentations will be made by the Ministry of Finance, the Environmental Coordinating Unit, and the Office of Disaster management and by Lyndon Robertson and Sherrod James from the CDEM.