The Saint Lucian Government is inviting consultants to submit tenders for a consultancy to conduct its 2010 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
In outlining the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the study, the government said it is being done in preparation for the third National Communications Report to the United Nations. It also seeks to enhance general awareness and knowledge on climate-change related issues here.
As part of a wider objective, the consultancy will assist in the national planning and policy formulation, as it relates to mainstreaming vulnerability and adoption measures within the work programme of the various stakeholder agencies. Most importantly, it will allow government to undertake several activities which are critical to mitigating climate change, adapting to the effects of climate change and taking stock and inventory of what processes Saint Lucia has undertaken to incorporate climate change relevance in national development planning.
It will also look at what activities have been taken to promote climate change education and sensitization and what next steps must be taken to help Saint Lucia further efforts in that regard. Data on greenhouse gas emissions will also be presented to the Sustainable Development Ministry. Financial support is being provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical support by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The National Climate Change Committee will lend support to the implementation of activities for the duration of the project, which is expected to last three years.
In 1992, countries joined the UNFCCC, to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and to cope with whatever impacts were inevitable. This cycle of study will last until 2016. The earth is warning every single second. Its average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees over the past century, and is projected to rise another two to 11.5 degrees over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather. This is slowly becoming more evident.
Rising global temperatures have been accompanied by changes in weather and climate. Many places including Saint Lucia have seen changes in rainfall, resulting in more floods, droughts, or intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. The planet’s oceans and glaciers have also experienced some big changes.
Oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising. As these and other changes become more pronounced in the coming decades, environmentalists fear they will likely present challenges to the global society and the environment, especially the Caribbean.