Climate Change at the center of national decision making

On Monday December 4th and Tuesday December 5th, 2017 the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit in the Environmental Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development hosted consultative meetings with governmental and private sector stakeholders focusing on building a culture of climate resilience in Trinidad and Tobago.  Financial agencies, insurance agencies and other agencies dealing with health, food security and disaster preparedness were involved due to the far reaching implications of climate change.  A third meeting will be held for stakeholders in Tobago on Thursday December 7 at the Magdalena Grand from 9 AM.
Please see the link below for a video highlighting the Trinidad leg of the meeting and please see a speech attached delivered on behalf of the Minister of Planning and Development.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is receiving support from the European Union (EU) under the “Technical Assistance to the Environment Program in Trinidad and Tobago”. The environment program aims to address the challenges of pursuing a low-carbon climate resilient development path and to contribute to the achievement of the Government of Trinidad & Tobago’s goals to improve the management of natural resources in the country. As part of the larger Environment Program, technical assistance is being provided to support the Ministry of Planning and Development in undertaking climate change vulnerability and risk assessments that will be developed and presented in a geo-spatial format to: (a) provide a comprehensive picture of the impacts of climate change, climate variability and projected climate change impacts; and (b) facilitate decision-making on climate change risk management by key agencies. Additionally, the project will facilitate the surveying and mapping of the Tobago Main Ridge Forrest Reserve which is one of the country’s principal carbon sinks in order to support national efforts aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions as defined in the National Climate Change Policy. A key guiding principle of the Technical Assistance is to facilitate capacity building and the transfer of knowledge concerning climate change vulnerability and risk assessments.

The key objective of the National Consultative Meeting is to present the following preliminary project reports for stakeholder review, consideration and input:
· Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for key sectors (Agriculture, Water Resources, Human Health, Coastal Resources, Fisheries, Human Settlements and Infrastructure, Biodiversity, Finance and Insurance) and for Tobago;
· Climate Change Risk and Adaptive Capacity Assessment; and
· draft Strategic Framework and Program for Climate Change Risk Management .
The Meeting will provide a forum to obtain input from Key Stakeholders into these documents in order to ensure that key findings reflect national consensus and can be used to inform and guide the revision of the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and also provide input into efforts to mainstream climate change into the national budget process.

Workshop Participants
Key experts from the public and private sector, non-governmental organizations and other members of civil society are expected to provide input during the workshop, including experts from key vulnerable sectors (Agriculture, Water Resources, Human Health, Coastal Resources, Fisheries, Human Settlements and Infrastructure, Biodiversity, Finance and Insurance).