TT Government secures US $25.6 million for climate change

Minister Robinson-Regis interacts with some of the high-tech Geographical Information Systems (GIS) equipment during a recent visit to the Imstitute of Marine Affairs (IMA).

August 24, 2016: The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development announces Cabinet’s approval of Trinidad and Tobago’s participation in a CARICOM Climate Change Centre Climate Change Adaptation Programme.  This Programme is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to the amount of US $25.6 million, and will be implemented by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Climate Change Centre. 
A part of the programme, Trinidad and Tobago will have to undertake activities to establish centralized institutions for the location of environmental and climate elated data and information for easy access and management, establish systems to monitor the status of coral reefs, utilize satellite images and Geographical Information System (GIS) tools for decision making, training and capacity building for national technicians and local experts to support the incorporation of risk and hazard assessments in the planning and decision making process.
Through the aforementioned activities, the Climate Change Adaptation Programme will assist participating countries to:

  1. Achieve climate change resilience,
  2. Improve data management for decision making,
  3. Improve data collection from critical socio-economic sectors,
  4. Develop the enabling environment and build the capacity to access further international climate financing, and;
  5. To achieve the post-2015 sustainable development goals.

This will be beneficial to Trinidad and Tobago since climate change and placing the environment at the centre of social and economic development are key themes of the National Development Strategy, Vision 2030.  This project will have overall benefits to fisher folk, the agricultural sector, disaster mitigation and it will be a key factor in all-inclusive national development.
The Ministry of Planning and Development, as the Ministry with responsibility for climate change will play the key role in achieving the goals of this project through its Environmental Policy Planning Division (EPPD).