A special team led by Development Director for the Caribbean, Stefan Kossoff and Climate Change Team leader Richard Carter visited several sites across Dominica to review the investments made by United Kingdom Aid (UKAID) to help the country fight the climate change.
Meanwhile, the officials of the team also paid a visit at Smart Hospital in Grand Bay to examine the new upgradation, as well as followed by a visit to Good Hope to hear about vital UK-funded work through Climate Resilience Execution Agency (CREAD).
The Delegates also did a site inspection of the newly installed geothermal plant, which is funded by United Kingdom and the World Bank.
The Minister for Planning, Economic Development and Renewable Energy Dr Vince Henderson, along with Minister of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence- Ocativia Alfred, the CEO of CREAD Francince Baron and DGDC Ltd Chairman Fred John assisted the delegation team during their visits at various sites across Dominica.
UK 🇬🇧 Development Director for the Caribbean, Stefan Kossoff & Climate Change Team Leader, Richard Carter, visited Dominica 🇩🇲 this week, to review UKAID investments that are helping in the fight against #ClimateChange. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/17GA0m4Ese
— UKinCaribbean 🇬🇧 (@UKinCaribbean) December 4, 2021
Impact of Climate Change on Dominica:
Climate Change is posing threat to developed nations of the world, but the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are among the major victims. From past few years, Caribbean has been at the centre point and facing the severe consequences of climate-change. It is becoming a reason for the slow pace development among many countries across the region.
Continuous change in temprature resulting in affecting ranges of species, waterflow in watershed, reduced food availability for wildlife.
Increase in pressure on forest reserves due to loss of coastal agricultural lands by salinization. Loss of coastal forests due to inundation and increasing storm events.
Another big impact is extinction of loss of wildlife species from the altered habitate. Along with these side effects, Beaches of Dominica also experiences erosion.
As Dominica’s most of the important infrastructure is located on the coastline, close to the sea level, which makes them vulnerable to flooding and storms.