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The Government is developing a Climate Change Risk Assessment Tool that will enable better planning of community and national projects, particularly those that could be affected by climate change issues.

“Once completed, any Ministry agency, or Parish Council will be able to use this tool to assess the risk of community and national projects against specific climate change scenarios,” said Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill.

He was speaking on Wednesday, June 26, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

The Minister further informed that training of all Ministers and heads of agencies in using the climate change management tool will commence before the end of the year.

“We are grateful to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the United Kingdom-based group called Acclimatize, for working with us on this,” he said.

On another matter, the Minister informed that the Government, through the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) has given support to the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad, to win an international tender and commence the establishment of a Caribbean Climate Change Innovation Centre.

“I am proud to announce that the Climate Change Innovation Centre will be one of only six centres of excellence of its kind being established by the World Bank in different regions of the world,” Minister Pickersgill said.

The Caribbean Climate Change Innovation Centre will operate from the SRC and CARIRI in Trinidad.

Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards