The TCI government is seeking include climate change adaptation strategies into the disaster management system of the Turks and Caicos Islands in a region-wide collaborative effort that is expected to prepare vulnerable Caribbean nations for the effects of climate change.
As part of these efforts, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) hosted two days of consultation July 24 to 25, 2013, on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Comprehensive Disaster Management Phase II (CCDM-II), Climate Smarting of the Country Work Programme (CS-CWP), in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The consultation aimed, among other things, to identify existing, alternative and viable options for disaster risk reduction and examined the TCIG draft country work plan, which charts a course of action for 2013-2020. It is also intended that the consultation will help the TCI to integrate climate change considerations into a draft climate smart CDM country plan.
Specifically the consultation sought to:
• To develop an awareness of climate change and climate change impacts at the national level including existing development challenges, vulnerabilities and future risks focusing on hydro-meteorological hazards and events;
• To identify existing and alternative adaptation options for disaster risk reduction nationally sectorally and gaps in current capacities;
• To prioritise and sequence viable adaptation options into entry points and actions that build on the current comprehensive disaster management country work programme framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.