The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) recently released a report on “Climate Trends and Projections for the OECS Region” which details the development of a regional scale, fit-for- purpose climate risk profile for the region.
The report addresses a number of priority climate hazards such as heat stress, extreme rainfall, sea level rise and increasing sea surface temperatures and was developed with funding provided under the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD)’s Adapt’Action facility through a cooperation agreement between AFD and the OECS.
A key output of the AFD-OECS Adapt’Action programme is a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (CCASAP) to support the strengthening of institutional capacities and climate governance.
One objective of the CCASAP is the development of a consolidated climate profile for the OECS region. Previous analyses on variability and trends in hydrometeorological hazards integral to understanding climate risk were not designed with a high-enough spatial resolution to suit the needs of policymakers, sector planners and environment managers in the OECS region in their aim of achieving climate resilience.