(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Sustainable Development will, today, host a video screening of ‘Saint Lucia: Into the Future.’ The screening is part of a project titled “Increasing Saint Lucia’s Capacity to Monitor MEA Implementation and Sustainable Development”.
In September 2019, the department hosted a four-day Scenario Planning Workshop in conjunction with Caribbean Associates Inc. The workshop aimed to demonstrate the use of the National Environmental Information System (NEIS) for scenario planning as a cross-sectoral and inter-agency collaborative tool for environmental management; develop environmental scenarios reflecting possible futures and pathways for Saint Lucia under increasingly severe climate change conditions and other pressures on local ecosystems; and generate a set of actionable strategic priorities based on social, economic and environmental data for evidence-based policy and planning around climate change adaptation, land degradation and loss of biodiversity.
“Saint Lucia: Into the Future” is a compilation of scenarios of a plausible future of Saint Lucia, based on trends observed in quantitative data, expert opinions from interviews, video evidence and desk research. The video is also a demonstration of the use of the NEIS for translation of data into useful and actionable information; and presents a baseline for environmental scenarios in Saint Lucia which can be revisited, revised, and used to inform strategic planning.
The video screening session will mainstream the use of the NEIS for impact, risk, and vulnerability assessment in adaptation planning; raise awareness on the plausible future of Saint Lucia under increasingly severe climate change conditions, land degradation and loss of biodiversity; and increase public education, awareness and participation in integrated environmental management.
The video screening will be held at the Finance Administrative Centre on Feb. 11, at 2 p.m.