The Government of Saint Lucia turns its Focus to Fisheries and Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE: The Government of Saint Lucia is hosting a series of sessions to facilitate discussions aimed at taking action to address climate change, specifically in the fisheries sector. The Government is currently developing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, including sectoral adaptation strategies and investment plans in specific sectors.

Ms. Dawn Pierre-Nathoniel of the Department of Sustainable Development says: “We have been working with Government agencies and other stakeholders in the water sector, as well as the agriculture sector to develop Sectoral Adaptation Strategies and Actions Plans (SASAPs) in these sectors.  We are now doing the same for the fisheries sector, recognising that agriculture and fisheries, together, are the sectors that speak to food security for the country.  Water, agriculture and fisheries were decided upon as priority sectors for the development of these plans in May of this year by a wide range of stakeholders, noting that the intention is to develop SASAPs in all other key sectors, incrementally, as funding becomes available, that is, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning; Natural Resource Management, including coastal, marine, terrestrial biodiversity; Formal Education; and Health.

The sessions currently underway for the fisheries sector, include a technical workshop with the Department of Fisheries on Friday, October 20; focus group sessions with fisher folk on Sunday, October 22 (south) and Monday, October 23 (north); culminating in a broad-based consultation for the sector on Tuesday, October 25, from 9:00 a.m. at the Finance Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine, Castries.

Support for Saint Lucia’s NAP process is through the kind assistance of the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP)/ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Adaptation Plan Global Network (NAP-GN)/International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

For more information, please contact the Department of Fisheries at Tel. 468 4135/43 or the Department of Sustainable Development at Tel. 451 8746.

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