From UN negotiations to flooding: climate change in the Caribbean

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The way the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and CARICOM countries worked together for the Paris climate talks (COP21) at the end of 2015 was an achievement pointed out to me by several people while I was in Belize on a two week work exchange – from hostel owners to CCCCC staff.

‘For the very first time the region did justice to its power as a negotiating block,’ said Keith Nichols, CCCCC project development specialist. The region was able to consolidate its position around a set of elements common to all countries, such as being Small Island and coastal states. ‘Any impact of sea level rise is going to be devastating to those countries and their economies,’ Nichols explained.

He does point out however that COP21 was ‘not a bed of roses’: ‘An agreement is not worth the paper on which it’s written unless there is a solid action…

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