Facing the Effects of Climate Change, the Caribbean Focuses on Adaptation

Facing the Effects of Climate Change, the Caribbean Focuses on Adaptation
A fisherman stands on a breakwater of old tires and driftwood that local residents made to protect their village, Telegraph, Grenada, April 22, 2013 (AP photo by David McFadden).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on countries’ risk exposure, contribution and response to climate change.

According to a recently released report by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, climate change will lead to more frequent and severe droughts in the Caribbean region, already home to seven of the world’s most water-stressed countries. That will in turn affect agriculture, with the risk of food shortages. In an email interview, Carlos Fuller, the international and regional liaison officer at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, discusses the region’s climate change policy.

WPR: What is the Caribbean region’s risk exposure to climate change, what effects of climate change are already apparent, and what sorts of adaptation approaches will countries have to adopt or develop?

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