THE Government of Jamaica is inching closer to a decision on a boundary for the island’s hotly debated, biodiversity-rich Cockpit Country.
Information reaching the Gleaner newspaper is that government stakeholders, who were up to a few weeks ago divided on the issue, had managed — by way of a series of meetings — to reach a common position.
Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Colonel Oral Khan is quoted in that newspaper as saying that Cabinet is even now in receipt of a recommendation that reflects that position.
“They (Cabinet) will consider it (the recommendation). If they are happy, they will sign off,” he said. ”The decision now rests with them, and they will satisfy themselves that the decision is in the best interest of the country.”
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THE climate change advisory body, convened by the Government of Jamaica in 2012, is shortly to be reformed according to a local news report.
The body is said to be undergoing restructuring, following close to a year out of commission.
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GROS ISLET, St Lucia — Government climate negotiators and civil society groups from the Caribbean who met with artistes and journalists here last week have discussed strategies to drum up local awareness and attract international attention as part of the region’s preparation for the climate change meeting in Paris at the end of the year.
The plan is to roll out some of the projects simultaneously across the region ahead of the Paris talks and stage one or two others during the session.
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GROS ISLET, St Lucia — The Caribbean Sea is expected to come closer and closer inland over the next several years, posing a threat to millions of people across the region.
Experts say the rise in sea level around the world will be as much as two metres more than it is now, but it will be higher in the Caribbean than most other places.
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MORE than 50 regional stakeholders, among them journalists, are currently gathered in St. Lucia for a two-day workshop on climate change and the Caribbean.
The workshop — the brainchild of communication NGO Panos Caribbean, in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean — is intended to, among other things, promote discourse and prompt action from civil society on climate change.
This, in the best interest of the Caribbean and ahead of this year’s meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, set for Paris, France in December.
The specific objectives of the workshop, which is being held at the Palm Haven Hotel, are to:
- introduce journalists and artists to the Caribbean’s preparation for the Paris meeting; and to the issues that are most critical for the region;
- enhance the capacity of journalists to cover climate change, including through increased networking among journalists covering the subject matter, with a greater understanding of the social justice issues involved;
- support Caribbean artistes with the capacity to advocate on climate justice and climate change issues; and
- build the accountability of negotiators and key government officials attending the Conference of Parties (COP) to report back to the region through increased public education and sustained climate reporting.
Among the offerings so far have been:
- a presentation by Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy Science and Technology Senator James Fletcher earlier today;
- a look at climate predictions by Dr. Spencer Thomas of Climate Analytics — another partner in the workshop; as well as
- a panel discussion on climate change and its impacts on livelihoods and communities.
Later this afternoon, journalists will be treated to exposure to coverage of the COP, which is held annually toward the end of each year. At the same time, participating artistes are to be involved in an advocacy brainstorming session.
Tomorrow, they will have group work on key messages to come from the event and work done on a pre-COP communication and action plan while additional next steps are worked out.
Meanwhile, together with Panos and FES, the event has been made possible with the support of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, the High Level Mechanism Project on Climate Change for SIDS and LDCs, Climate Analytics, Charles and Associates, the Organisation of American States, and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.