PRESS RELEASE – Effective climate change policies require genuine engagement and evidence that you have not only consulted stakeholders, but that their views have informed your process.
This was one of the key points raised by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) at the launch of the new phase of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), held in Brussels, Belgium, 27-29 October 2015.
GCCA+ is the EU’s largest initiative to combat climate change in the world’s most vulnerable places and particularly supports dialogue and cooperation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like the Caribbean.
As Caribbean states engage in the current global climate change talks in Paris under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the importance of stakeholder participation in climate change initiatives must be recognised as a priority.
In the Caribbean, the first phase of the GCCA supported the “Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management Project in the Eastern Caribbean” process, managed by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on behalf of participating members.
As part of this project, CANARI was contracted to assist the Government of Montserrat to update its draft National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan.
The main objective was to deeply engage stakeholders in Montserrat to ensure that the Policy and Action Plan were focused on addressing the priorities in Montserrat.
During the panel discussion at the official launch of the GCCA+, Nicole Brown, CANARI Associate, gave an overview of this and several other CANARI projects focusing on promoting participatory approaches and using innovative tools such as participatory three dimensional mapping (P3DM).
P3DM contributes to an increased understanding of the impacts of climate change on natural resources, and is a way to ensure that traditional knowledge is considered in decision-making, and that local community groups are included in decision-making on climate change at the local level.