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Friday, April 27, 2018

April 27th

What happened this week?

Celebrating optimism on Earth Day 

Young boys stand next to a sign with a message against littering.Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April since 1970.  This international day reminds us about the interdependence between natural ecosystems and human life. It is a celebration of Earth’s biodiversity and a reminder that humanity’s future depends on how we care for our common planet. Earth Day brings us all together to think about our role in preserving nature and fighting climate change. With more and more events that show the dramatic consequences of climate change for life on Earth, there is a risk that people feel powerless to stop and reverse the deterioration of the environment. A wave of ‘climate fatalists’, those who believe we can do nothing to stop climate change, can have a major impact in discouraging action. However, a recent global survey conducted by research firm Ipsos shows that no more than 14 percent of people tend to be climate fatalists. On the other hand, the survey shows that a shocking number of them are young people... Read more

Interesting Facts

World Bank team undertakes rooftop inventory in Saint Lucia ahead of hurricane season

Earlier this month, the Department of Economic Development, Transport, and Civil Aviation through the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), hosted a World Bank mission comprising a Geographic Information System (GIS) Expert and a Drone Expert. The team was in Saint Lucia to undertake a rooftop inventory. Team member Sarah Antos, a Geographer stationed at the World Bank, revealed that the general assessment of roofs in the country is of paramount importance, given the forecast for stronger hurricanes due in large measure, to a change in the global climate. The team is to collect data both from the street view as well as drones and combine this kind of imagery to determine the integrity and the quality of the structure against strong winds while looking at the integrity and vulnerability of the roofs in particular... Read more    

Costa Rica Has A System To Measure Effective Fight Against Global Warming 

The National System of Metrics of Climate Change (Sistema Nacional de Métrica del Cambio Climático; Sinamecc) is the tool with which Costa Rica will begin to measure the effectiveness of its fight against global warming. It is a software that will store the information of all the initiatives implemented by the country, from different sectors, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for warming the atmosphere. Édgar Gutiérrez, Minister of Environment and Energy (Minae), said that this platform will have data on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from companies and institutions... Read more     En español (Spanish) 

UNFCCC Outlines Lessons Learnt on NAPs, Caribbean Island States Launch National Adaptation Plans

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a synthesis report, detailing progress, experience, best practices, lessons learned, gaps, needs and support provided and received in the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs). In related news, the Governments of Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines launched their respective national plans to prepare their countries to climate change impacts by achieving their adaptation goals. Saint Lucia’s NAP addresses multiple sectors, including water, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, education and health, as well as infrastructure and spatial planning, and terrestrial, coastal and marine natural resource management. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ NAP priority sectors include agriculture, energy, fisheries, forestry, health, infrastructure, tourism, water and transport.
The report highlights the Integrative Framework for NAPs and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being developed by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), with the support of the NAP technical working group, to enable explicit consideration of how to contribute to addressing the SDGs through NAPs. It also underscores the role of integrative systems approaches in addressing the coherence and synergy of adaptation action at multiple scales and levels, considering relevant frameworks such as the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)... Read more  Link to the synthesis report

Policy Developments and Outlook
Revised Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems Checklist endorsed 

Revised Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems Checklist endorsedDuring the 9th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), members endorsed the Revised Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems Checklist. The TAC participated in its annual meeting, which was held April 16-20 in St. Michael, Barbados. Following the TAC’s endorsement, the Checklist will be presented to the Management Committee of Council, for onward recommendation to the CDEMA Council for endorsement as an important tool to be pursued by CDEMA Participating States. The Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) Checklist is a practical tool consisting of major components and actions that national governments, community organizations and partners within and across all sectors can refer when developing or evaluating early warning systems. During her presentation, Alexcia Cooke, Regional Technical Coordinator, CDEMA, highlighted the development and adaptation process of the Checklist along with the benefits to be derived from its application. She indicated that the Checklist will be applied in 5 countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines under the project ‘‘Strengthening integrated early warning systems for more effective disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean through knowledge and tool transfer’... Read more  

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