As a small island state, Grenada is particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts including storms, floods, and droughts.
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is supporting action in Grenada in the development and implementation of a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy.
In the presence of representatives of national and international institutions, the programme was officially inaugurated on April 18 by the Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Roland Bhola.
Key stakeholders met April 22 to discuss and decide on essential activities for the next 12 months.
Due to climate change, Grenada must be prepared for an increase in droughts, hurricanes, or heavy rainfall, as well as for rising sea levels.
The overarching goal of the Pilot Programme, “Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Grenada”, (ICCAS) is to increase resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems to climate change risks.
In his address at the ceremony, Minister Bhola said that “Grenada’s adaptation to climate change must be implemented in a comprehensive manner”.
“Individual and detached activities do not do justice in light of the immense challenge upon Grenada”, he told the participants.
He noted that there were already relevant approaches existing in Grenada but they have been isolated.
At the national level, the programme will support making the vulnerable coastal areas of Grenada “climate-proof”.
An important role for the success of the implementation is the involvement of the local population through a “Community Fund” accessible for tangible, visible adaptation action on the ground.
In addition, the programme will support capacity building in Grenada to gain access to long-term financing for adaptation measures.
Head of the International Climate Financing of the BMU, Norbert Gorissen pointed out the importance of the project even beyond Grenada.
He said: “This integrated approach is being implemented for the first time here in Grenada. The BMU and the Government of Grenada are thus applying new approaches for climate change adaptation, and the insights gained here can be used in the region and beyond”.
During a planning workshop, stakeholders from different ministries, authorities, non-governmental organisations and academia engaged in discussion on concrete activities.
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has approved the programme with financial assistance of 5 million Euros (19 and a half million EC dollars) to run until October 2016.
The programme will be jointly implemented by the Environmental Unit of the Ministry for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).