Improving and managing geospatial data

There is a need for improved access to high quality, updated bathymetric (underwater depth) and nearshore topographic data to support climate change analysis related to sea-level rise, storm surge, flooding in the Caribbean. This component will provide the critical geospatial data for ongoing adaptation planning at the regional and national levels.

Activities include:

  • Conducting bathymetric and nearshore topographic research for specific vulnerable locations in the six PPCR countries in the Caribbean.
  • Processing of the data from the research to create geospatial outputs.
  • Production and sharing of geospatial outputs with key national and regional stakeholders to support their ongoing climate analysis and adaptation planning.
  • Development and dissemination of case studies.

Expansion of Regional Climate Monitoring Networks

Through this component area we are supporting the  expansion of the regional climate monitoring network and building the capacity of national and regional structures to deliver relevant climate products and services.  It is also strengthening the Caribbean’s linkages with global climate information centers.

Activities include:

  • Improving the acquisition of weather data across Caribbean PPCR countries
  • Developing priority climate products and services for some PPCR countries
  • Organising capacity building workshops to help national meteorological offices deliver on their expanded role as national climate centres
  • Increasing the capacity for backup storage of regional climate data


Improving Availability of Downscaled and Expanded Climate Projection Models

As climate challenges intensify, there is an increasing need for climate data to be available at scales relevant to the Caribbean. Reliable climate data for the region will support adaptation planning, decision making and sectoral level modelling efforts. It is also establishing a framework linking regional and sectoral climate models for adaptation planning in four key sectors and developing a Regional Coastal Zone Integrated Information Management System.

Activities include:

  • Providing a high performance computer system (housed at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus) that is working to deliver regional and country level climate projections and high resolution maps for the Caribbean.
  • Establishing a framework for linking regional climate models to sector models to support adaptation planning and decision making in the agriculture, health, water and marine resources sectors.
  • Developing a Regional Coastal Zone Integrated Information Management System, including producing high resolution climatic data for the coastal zone.

Supporting key adaptation initiatives

This component is enhancing resilience across these main areas:

Health– to reduce climate variability and climate change related risks from the mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue,Chikungunya and Zika Virus

Marine Resources-to reduce climate variability and climate change related risks on the fisheries industry;

Agriculture-to improve the availability of climate resilient varieties of plants and agricultural production systems;

Water-to develop an enabling environment for Rainwater Harvesting Systems via policy and capacity building;

and through Mainstreaming climate change considerations into development planning including the use of climate change risk and adaptation tools. 

Component 4 has five sub-components:


Objective: To reduce climate related risks from mosquito-borne diseases including dengue and chikungunya

Activities include:

  • Establishing early warning systems for three PPCR Caribbean countries
  • Providing dengue-related GIS vulnerability maps for three PPCR Caribbean countries
  • Disseminating information on the relationship between CC & vector borne diseases  to Health Ministries, Planning Units, Schools and Community Disaster Groups in three PPCR Caribbean countries


Objective: To improve the enabling environment for Rainwater Harvesting systems through policy and capacity building

Activities include:

  • Installing rainwater harvesting systems in three water-stressed communities
  • Producing and disseminating an updated handbook and technical fact sheets on rainwater harvesting
  • Training service providers to install Rainwater harvesting systems that incorporate water safety measures in four PPCR countries

Marine Resources/Fisheries

Objective: To reduce climate related risks to the fisheries sector

Activities include:

  • Developing an ICT-related Early Warning System to reduce climate related risks to fisherfolk
  • Conducting an assessment of the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change and climate variability on regional fisheries
  • Developing a regional fisheries and environmental database

    Mainstreaming Climate Change Considerations into Planning and Policy

    Objective: To integrate climate change considerations into planning and facilitate the use of climate change risk and adaptation tools for development planning and policy making

    Activities include:

    • Conducting policy and legislative review in targeted PPCR countries for the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation
    • Training/Sensitising policy makers in select PPCR countries in the use of climate risk assessment and management tools for planning


    Objective: To improve the availability of climate resilient plant varieties and agricultural production systems in the region

    Activities include:

    • Developing climate change resilient agriculture production systems and livelihoods
    • Developing seed banks in select PPCR countries
    • Increasing the storage capacity for climate resilient plant varieties


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