Session Lead: Adrian Trotman & Shawn Boyce
Description: Caribbean states continue to be severely impacted by weather, climate and water related hazards often leading to significant losses. Hazard assessments, forecasting products and services have been developed and implemented through various initiatives to support disaster risk reduction. These initiatives have (i) supported the development and publishing of climate monitoring and forecasting products and the establishment of the Caribbean Regional Climate Centre (RCC) at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH); (ii) provided resources for the establishment of the Caribbean Dewetra Platform (CDP) – currently used in the Caribbean for near real-time monitoring and impact-based forecasting; (iii) supported the enhancement of numerical weather prediction and hydrological modelling for improved lead times; and (iv) fostered innovative approaches to climate and disaster risk management. Currently, the CIMH is working with the FAO and other partners, including CDEMA and CIMA Research Foundation, to implement the Resilient Environment and Agricultural Caribbean Habitats (REACH) project. The project has been designed with a special emphasis on developing a two-way communication mechanism to manage climate related agricultural risk and leverages existing services provided by the CIMH. It is expected that the CIMH and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) will support the initiative through the provision of climate products and services that support the management of climate risk in agriculture and food security among other sectors. Complementing initiatives being implemented by the CIMH and other partners are enhancing the CDP and demonstrate the application of the Rapid Analysis and Spatialisation of Risk (RASOR) platform in the Caribbean for risk assessment and risk forecasting. This session showcases the integrated suite of operational products, services and tools developed, used and managed by the CIMH and other partners, to support climate related risk management across multiple sectors, including agriculture, as illustrated in the REACH project.