Today’s youth has a unique stake in the global dialogue on climate change: within their generation’s lifetime, our planet’s climate will cease to be what we know it to be. Young men and women are playing an active role in protecting the environment and finding innovative solutions to climate change. After crisis, youth often play a pivotal role in adopting and promoting environmentally-friendly practices at home and in the community.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).
Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) experience a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, forest fires, and droughts. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Environmental degradation and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.
By Zadie Neufville
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 18 2015 (IPS) - This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts.
As temperatures exceeded 93.7 F (34.2 Celsius) in several areas, the Meteorological Service urged Jamaicans to “Wake up to the realisation that climate change is already a fact of life.” Some of the hottest days on record had been recorded in July with even higher temperatures predicted for August.
By Desmond Brown
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 6 2015 (IPS) - Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock.
Nearly all of the countries in the Caribbean have been experiencing prolonged drought, posing significant challenges to food production in one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change.
El presente documento entrega un panorama mensual sobre la situación de los precios de alimentos en América Latina y el Caribe. Mediante el monitoreo de la información oficial de los países de la región, se busca entregar una alerta sobre los potenciales impactos que un alza de los precios de los alimentos puede generar sobre el bienestar de los hogares más pobres y vulnerables de la región, dado que son quienes destinan una proporción importante de sus ingresos al consumo de alimentos.
Press Release 1 Issued on: Saturday October 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a participating State of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDEMA), and Sub-Regional Focal Point for the North-Western Caribbean has assumed coordination responsibility for the Islands of the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin’s passage.
Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group for Disaster Management (ECDPG/DM) The Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group for Disaster Management (ECDPG/DM) met on Thursday, September 4, 2015 to discuss and provide updates on the humanitarian response to Dominica. Key updates from the meeting are as follows:
Given the significance of the upcoming Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) in December 2015, the Government of Jamaica and its stakeholders are rolling out a Public Engagement Campaign to raise awareness about the conference and Jamaica’s negotiating position for that event.
The four-month campaign, which was launched on 21 August, is being implemented by the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change with support from UNDP Jamaica.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 13, 2015 – The 16 Caribbean member governments of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) completed their catastrophe insurance portfolios for 2015/2016. All 16 Caribbean members renewed their hurricane policies; all 13 that had earthquake policies renewed those; and 12 obtained excess rainfall coverage – an increase of 4 over the 8 countries that purchased excess rainfall policies for the first time last year.
Inflación alimentaria en ALC ha mantenido una tendencia a la baja desde abril
En junio de 2015, la inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 0,7%.
06 de agosto, Santiago de Chile – En junio la inflación alimentaria mensual en América Latina y el Caribe fue de 0,7 %, disminuyendo 0,1 puntos porcentuales respecto a mayo, manteniendo una tendencia a la baja en los últimos tres meses.
The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$6.8 million grant to help Jamaica improve the quality and use of climate related information for effective planning and action at local and national levels. Approximately 60% of Jamaica’s 2.8 million residents live in coastal communities, rendering them disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance
18 Jun 2015
Por Kenton X. Chance
El agricultor de la isla caribeña de Santa Lucía, Anthony Herman esperaba recuperar el año próximo parte de lo que perdió cuando 70 por ciento de su cultivo de castaña de cajú se marchitó y murió bajo el abrasador sol del sur del Caribe. Pero le clima le tenía preparada otra sorpresa.
CASTRIES, Jun 2 2015 (IPS) - St. Lucian farmer Anthony Herman was hoping that next year he’d manage to recoup some of the losses he sustained after 70 per cent of his cashew crop withered and died in the heat of the scorching southern Caribbean sun.
But on June 1, the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season which coincides with the rainy season, the 63-year-old man, who has been farming for four decades, received “frightening” news about weather conditions in the region over the next year or so.