St. Kitts & Nevis designs a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

There can be no debate that the impact of climate change is being felt across St. Kitts & Nevis.  As such, the Ministry of Environment convened a workshop to discuss adaptation measures that can be undertaken, given the resources and constraints of the Federation.  There is currently a draft National Climate Change Policy before Cabinet for approval.  The workshop was designed to recommend strategies to support the Policy.

The working group identified the following areas of vulnerability.

  1. Tourism
  2. Agriculture (livestock and food)
  3. Water
  4. Energy
  5. Transportation
  6. Marine and coastal infrastructure
  7. Fisheries
  8. Health and human environment
  9. Funding/Banking

There are a few cross-cutting themes:

  1. The need to create an environment to make all sectors more sustainable and resilient to climate change.
  2. The need to identify and implement innovative renewable energy projects across all sectors.

The main constraints identified were lack of finance and human resources.

A identification of a lead agency and the compilation of the recommendations is pending.