Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

The 16 Caribbean SIDS included in the United Nations official list of SIDS, share significant challenges and having strong historical, cultural and political links. The evidence in this report suggests that there is an urgent need for the region to take the necessary action to respond to the challenges of climate change. 

The report provides guidance on how the region should respond, not only in developing national climate change agendas, but also in building an international regime on adaptation to climate change as well as on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and beyond, taking into account the particular needs of the Caribbean SIDS. 

The chapter 'Responding to Vulnerability and Adaptation Needs in the Caribbean' describes how Caribbean countries have already adopted various adaptation measures. This chapter also includes references to insurance as a tool for risk reduction and risk management, and to the international and regional frameworks for cooperation and capacity building.



Publication Date: October 2008

Related Organizations:

  • United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)


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  • Best practice
  • Policy analysis/recommendations
  • Progress report

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