Environment

Koreans visit to discuss

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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Representatives of the Korea International Cooperation Agency, the Korean Institute of Ocean, Science and Technology, the University of Korea and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) visited Jamaica last week to engage in discussions with members of the country's Climate Change Division regarding implementation of the Impact Assessment of Climate Change on the Sandy Shorelines of the Caribbean Project. The project is aimed at improving the resilience of coastal communities to climate change and sea level rise through the establishment of a regional erosion-monitoring network and the sharing of beach rehabilitation, observation and preservation best practices. It also seeks to broaden the scope of training and education and increase awareness about the vulnerability of the coastal zone to climate change. The selected coastal monitoring sites will be located in critical coastal areas in which high levels of coastal deterioration have had a significant economic and social impact. Focus will be placed on areas with a high socio-economic value due to tourism.

The project, valued at US$4 million, is being funded through the ACS Special Fund by the Republic of Korea, and will be carried out in three phases over a period of 31 months, from June 2017 to December 2019.

To date, eight member states of the ACS have confirmed participation in this project, including Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica will be participating through the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

The ACS, established in 1994, is comprised of 25 member states, nine associate members, and six founding observers. It is aimed at strengthening the regional co-operation and integration process, with a view to creating an enhanced economic space in the region; preserving the environmental integrity of the Caribbean Sea; and promoting the sustainable development of the greater Caribbean. It provides a forum for dialogue and cooperation in five primary areas of focus:

• The preservation and conservation of the Caribbean Sea

• Sustainable tourism

• Trade and economic external relations

• Natural disasters and disaster risk reduction

• Transport.

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