Regional Briefing on National Adaptation Plans - Caribbean in Focus

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April 2018
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), Global Environment Facility (GEF)

This briefing Regional Briefing on National Adaptation Plans - Caribbean in Focus aims to provide a brief overview of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) experiences of Caribbean countries, and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities. This is based on the consultations and discussions which took place at the NAP Training Workshop for the Caribbean, held in Georgetown, Guyana, from 31 May to 2 June 2017.

Small-island States, including the Caribbean islands, are amongst the countries which are most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Climate variability and change is already being observed in the region, including; warming of atmospheric and sea surface temperatures; sea level rise; and an increase in extreme weather events. Precipitation is expected to decrease. Some current impacts include coral bleaching, beach erosion, decreased freshwater stocks, changes in fish species, loss of land and forests, and an increase in vectorborne diseases, including malaria. Climate change in the Caribbean brings an increased risk of loss of infrastructure and loss of life.