Climate-related events are significantly impacting water security in the Caribbean.
And with most of the island states being volcanic, they depend heavily on rainwater harvesting and surface water to meet their freshwater needs, yet rainwater is becoming increasingly unreliable because of reduced annual precipitation.
The water sector is undoubtedly becoming a national priority for most of the Caribbean. #caribbeanclimate.
See how work is being done in 16 CARIFORUM countries to realise the objectives of a more water-secure region.
Early Warning Systems throughout the Caribbean
Climate change has unmistakably led to more extreme weather events. According to the World Meteorological Organization, between 1998 and 2020, climate-related events resulted in the loss of 312,000 lives and directly affected more than 277 million people in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In the years ahead, heat waves, severe drought, wildfires, coral reef depletion and extreme weather events like hurricanes are expected to grow in frequency and intensity in the Caribbean. But hope is on the horizon, early warning can save lives.
Regional efforts towards augmenting climate resilience are vital given that the Caribbean’s vulnerability to climate change will increase in the future.
Building resilience will require a multi-faceted, strategic, comprehensive, and sustainable approach championed by key decision-makers in government, industry and the private sector.
The Enhancing Climate Resilience project, being implemented by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and funded by the European Union, targets 16 CARIFORUM countries and aims to reduce the human and economic impacts of climate change while finding opportunities to build resilience.
This will be accomplished through climate resilient water infrastructure, enhanced capacity and a more effective response to climate change by means of adaptation measures.
The project is implementing integrated water resource management and will contribute to greater water security in the Caribbean. Under this component, project accomplishments include water utility adaptation plans, stakeholder consultations, preparing and implementing climate resilient water sub-projects, and developing new standard operating procedures for climate proofing infrastructure benefitting over 35 million people.
Commissioned by: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Funded by: The European Union