St. Vincent and the Grenadines will host the fourth Climate Change Seminar here this week, to focus on: Approaches to Managing Disaster Risks and Building Resilience.
The Seminar, organized by the OECS Secretariat, will take place at the NIS Conference Room from Tuesday to Thursday this week.
The Secretariat says a major output, will be a portfolio of new ideas for strategies and approaches in managing disaster risks and vulnerabilities, as well as recommendations that will inform policies, plans and programmes for building resilience to extreme events related to climate change.
The seminar will address topics such as – Vulnerability of the region to extreme events that may be brought on by climate change; Economic, Social and Psychological Impacts of Extreme Events and Enhancing resilience to natural hazards and climate change.
The OECS Secretariat says about 80 participants will attend the two-day seminar representing private entities, and government agencies engaged in climate sensitive sectors, as well as international and regional bodies who are leading research on climate change.
The seminar is being held as part of an OECS/USAID Project – a five-year developmental project which was launched in 2011 to assist OECS governments with building resilience through the implementation of climate change adaptation measures.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is scheduled to deliver the feature address at the Opening Ceremony, which begins at six-thirty tomorrow evening.