Category Archives: May 2011
Regional Director, Media, Community & Environment, Indi Mclymont-Lafayette Talks about Panos Caribbean’s Environment Programme and the Media’s Involvement
Climate and Development Knowledge Network speaks with Indi McLymont-Lafayette, Regional Director, of Community, Media & Environment. Panos Caribbean. Indi discusses the impacts of climate change in Jamaica and the role of Panos to communicate development issues and the knowledge gaps in the region.
By Andrea Downer, Journalist
Kingston, Jamaica. May 2011 – Four Jamaicans – Dr Michael Taylor from the University of the West Indies, Claire Bernard from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Indi Mclymont-Lafayette from Panos Caribbean and Risk Reduction Specialist Franklin McDonald, are among more than128 experts from the Pacific and the Caribbean, recently attended a four day climate change conference in Apia, Samoa.
The conference, titled Lessons for Future Action, focussed on lessons learnt that can inform future climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in small island developing states. The conference was held from Monday, May 23 until Thursday May 26, 2011.
Mclymont-Lafayette made a presentation on day two on Community-Based Responses to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction says the conference is a good opportunity for the mutual sharing of climate change adaptation strategies and best practice between the Caribbean and the Pacific.
“The conference will provide a good opportunity for the Caribbean islands to work with the Pacific islands to see how together we can share information and ways to adapt to climate change. The conference will share information learned from the Pacific and the Caribbean and then decide how we can jointly tackle the impacts of climate change,” said Mclymont-Lafayette stated shortly before leaving Jamaica for Samoa. She is the Regional Director of Media, Community and environment at Panos Caribbean – a regional information agency.
McDonald also made a presentation at the conference as part of a panel on National Planning and Policy Frameworks towards the end of day one on Monday, May 23rd. Dr Taylor of the University of the West Indies Climate Change Studies Group presented on Underpinning science and modelling tools and Claire Bernard from Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), presented on Regional responses and needs of smallest countries on Wednesday, 23rd.
The Conference was organised by the Australian Government and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and aimed to share and synthesis lessons learned in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Ocean countries, while drawing on experience in Australia and elsewhere. The conference brought together delegates from partner countries, regional and multilateral agencies, donors and non-government organisations with extensive experience and understanding of adaptation issues.
“A key challenge for development in small islands today is reducing poverty and building resilience in a current climate of considerable variability and all too frequent natural disasters. Climate change will increase the urgency of these challenges – making sustainable development more difficult. Effective adaptation and disaster risk reduction will help small islands meet these development challenges in a changing climate,” the conference organizers said in a release.
The conference focused on lessons that can assist the countries that participated to sustain development gains and respond to disasters in the changing climate the world is expected to face in 2030 or 2050.
The conference also considered Small Island Developing States (SIDS) experiences and lessons that exist among the islands in reducing the risks of natural disasters and early adaptation measures, the implications of ‘tipping points’ for natural systems, such as coral reefs and the iterative nature of adaptation which will require `learning by doing’ and flexible approaches as understanding of the likely timing and magnitude of climate change impacts improves.
Other best practices that were shared and discussed included the risks of mal-adaptation and the need for monitoring and assessment of adaptation responses so adjustments can be made over time, common themes and challenges, and examples of good and not-so-good practice emerging from early adaptation activities, including community based adaptation, and what is needed to effectively communicate climate change to a variety of stakeholders.
The outcomes of the conference will help inform national and regional policies, increase donor support and identify how best to address the needs of SIDS in terms of adaptation support and funding.
You can now follow Panos Caribbean on Twitter, you can also send a friend request to our Facebook profile or become a fan of our recently created Facebook fan page. Panos Caribbean also has a Youtube account and a blog that is hosted by WordPress.
Panos Caribbean, like many organisations, has had a website for years. However, as social media has become more popular and relevant, the organisation has seen the need to expand it’s publishing platforms to include the very dynamic and very popular social media tools.
Panos Caribbean will commemorate 25 years of working in the Caribbean in June this year. As part of its activities to mark this significant achievement, the organization has released a short video: “Real People, Real Voices!” which explores some of Panos Caribbean’s recent activities and achievement.
Since its inception in 1986, Panos Caribbean has been working to help empower the most marginalized and vulnerable persons in the region through projects and other activities on issues related to children and youth, public health, media community & environment as well as gender.
There is a lot that we have been able to achieve over the past 25 years and some of our work and beneficiaries are highlighted in the video: “Real People, Real Voices!” which echoes Panos Caribbean’s tagline and motto.
The video production, which is just over six minutes long, can be viewed on our Youtube page by clicking this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5cA0o2vUS8 The video is also embedded below.
Please take a few minutes to watch and hear the real people of the Caribbean talk about how Panos Caribbean has impacted their lives in real ways through our commitment to empowering people to take action to improve their circumstances, their communities and their lives.
For twenty-five years Panos has been working with the media and other communicators to foster debate on under-reported, misrepresented or misunderstood development issues. We believe that only by including the voices and views of those most affected by these issues – usually the poorest and most marginalised people in society – will lasting solutions be found.
Panos may officially have been founded in 1986, but our origins go back to the early 1970s when the environmental movement was gathering pace.
In 1974, UK journalist Jon Tinker started Earthscan, a unit of the International Institute for Environment and Development which offered journalists (and later NGOs) objective information on key global issues and on policy options for addressing them.
By 1986 Jon had transformed Earthscan’s Southern media programme into a new independent institution: Panos.
From the outset, as part of its commitment to Southern-led development, Panos aimed to build a network of independent institutes around the world.
Panos Caribbean will commence a range of activities to mark this tremendous milestone in June 2011 through to June 2012.