PIOJ to host dialogue for development lecture


With global climate change emerging as one of the most significant threats to the sustainable development agendas of CARICOM countries, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will host a Dialogue for Development Lecture, focusing on the theme: ‘Building Climate Resilient Economies: The Way Forward’.
The lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Distinguished Lecturer and Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Ulric Trotz, will unveil in his presentation, the serious development challenges being faced within Jamaica and the Caribbean as a result of the impact of natural hazards.
The presentation will also show that projections from regional climate modules point to a warmer and drier Caribbean in the future, with dire consequences for social and economic activities.
According to Director, Sustainable Development and Regional Planning Division, PIOJ, Claire Bernard, the lecture is extremely relevant to Jamaica, which is located in a multi-hazard zone.
“Jamaica is what is called a small island developing state and we are particularly vulnerable to meteorological hazards, such as storms, hurricanes and droughts, which have the potential to severely hamper the development goals of our country,” she said.
“With Climate Change, the projection is that there is going to be an increase in the intensity and frequency of storms; there will be more prolonged droughts and so you can see the potential impact on the agricultural sector and livelihoods, and by extension, the potential for an increase in the rates of poverty,” she told JIS News.
The PIOJ is encouraging members of the public to attend the lecture, participate in the discourse and avail themselves of information.
Now in its 7th staging, the Dialogue for Development Lecture was launched in 2001 by the PIOJ to engage the public in meaningful dialogue on development issues. Last year’s lecture focused on the topic: ‘Growth in the Post Commodity Production Era in Jamaica’.

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