"Lessons for Future Action" Conference highlighted the threats posed by climate change and natural disasters and sought to promote greater collaboration between SPREP and the 5C's with the adoption of an MOU.
26 May 2001: A conference on “Lessons for Future Action,” which took place in Apia, Samoa, emphasized the urgency of climate change adaptation and future decisions affecting small island developing States (SIDS), given the threat of natural disasters. At the end of the Conference, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C’s) adopted a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Through the MOU, the Caribbean will for the first time have a joint and side event sponsored by SPREP at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, which will convene later this year in Durban, South Africa.
Speaking at the Conference, Michael Taylor, University of West Indies, discussed community perceptions of and responses to climate change and risk and highlighted the role of science that enables critical evaluation of the core climate change message. Speaking about renewable energy, Al Binger, Science Advisor, Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS), emphasized that effective adaptation would be very difficult without transformation of the energy sector to make significant financial resources available. [SPREP News] [SPREP Bulletin]