Business View Caribbean | Feb 2019

DEVELOPING A CLIMATE RESILIENCE POLICY FOR ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES G overnment, civil society, and private sector stakeholders from various economic sec- tors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) participated in the first national consultation on December 11, 2018, to develop a climate change policy to mainstream climate resilience into the country’s development agenda. The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CA- NARI) is providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustain- able Development and Information Technology in SVG to facilitate the series of national consulta- tions and develop the new policy. The aim of the first consultation was to gain input from stake- holders on their needs, priorities, and relevant measures for adaptation and mitigation for key sectors to inform the new climate change policy. At the national consultation, the Director of Planning, Recardo Frederick, noted that “Climate change is a real threat to St. Vincent and the Grenadines with the islands facing more extreme hurricanes and weather, including droughts in OPENING LINES Stakeholders identifying key needs and potential measures to address climate change in priority sectors 8