The Complexity of the Caribbean Climate Crisis Requires a Data-Driven Response | New

SANTIAGO, CMC — Delegates attending a sub-regional seminar in Chile said the complexity of the climate crisis in the Caribbean requires a data-driven response at global, regional, national and local levels.

The event was organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Representatives of national statistical offices and ministries of the environment of Caribbean countries, as well as international specialists, stressed the urgency of taking concrete measures that would allow the Caribbean region to make steady progress towards mitigation. and adaptation to climate change.

ECLAC said participants stressed that Caribbean countries not only need high-quality data to monitor, report and analyze climate change, but they also need data to “inform and accelerate mitigation actions”. and adaptation”.

“In response to this need, the experts pointed out that several countries in the region are already working to strengthen the production and use of quality climate change data to inform decision-making through the development of compendiums. environment and climate change statistics and the implementation of data platforms,” said ECLAC.

However, he cautioned that despite these efforts, this development is sporadic and uneven, and critical challenges continue to exist for the maintenance and development of current initiatives.

ECLAC said experts have clarified that some of the region’s most pressing issues are lack of coordination within national statistical systems and with the wider data ecosystem; established protocols for data exchange; and strategic capacity development for climate change data.

Mario Cimoli, Acting Executive Secretary of ECLAC, stressed the urgency of placing the situation of Caribbean countries at the center of the regional and global agenda.

“Caribbean countries are experiencing the effects of climate change, but they also have difficulties in obtaining support instruments to mitigate and deal with this problem, as well as difficult access to financing for development”, he said. declared. “They face a huge asymmetry.”

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Sharon D. Cole