16 February 2012
OECS’ RRACC Newsletter Highlights Progress in New Reducing Climate Risks Project
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has issued the inaugural issue of its newsletter, which discusses the implementation of its US$2.5 million climate risk and adaptation project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

January 2012: The January issue of the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) RRACC News spotlights initial OECS steps to implement the Reducing Risk to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) project.

This inaugural issue of the newsletter covers OECS activities for the period October-December 2011. Beyond summarizing the project and its goals, the newsletter introduces the five members of the new OECS Climate Change Team and provides a synopsis of a September 2011 regional workshop on watershed management. The newsletter further discusses a partnership with Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) to provide science-based modeling, training and information tailored to OECS needs regarding climate risk management, including climate impacts on OECS water resources and adaptation. The publication also details Antigua and Barbuda’s preparation of a demonstration project on adaptation in the agricultural sector.

The RRACC project, with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) of US$2.5 million, covers some 11 islands in the OECS and focusses on reducing climate risks and fostering adaptation. Member States of OECS include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. [Publication: RRACC Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 1]

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