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Ecosystem based approaches for climate change adaptation in Caribbean SIDS

dc.contributor.authorPascal Peduzzi (United Nations Environment Programme/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Alexander Wolf (ZMT Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Biology)
dc.coverage.spatialLatin America and the Caribbean
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-11T20:04:57Z
dc.date.available2016-10-11T20:04:57Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.urihttps://wedocs.unep.org/20.500.11822/8413
dc.descriptionExisting climate variability and global climate change are major threat stosustainable development in the Caribbean, particularly for the Small Island Developing States(SIDS). Hurricanes, storms urges and extreme rainfall events cause major damages to the assets of coastal populations, infrastructure and ecosystems. Climate projections suggest that sea level rise(SLR) and the increase of sea water temperature will continue, as well as the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events are likely to increase. Ecosystem based Adaptation(EbA) approaches, combining both engineered and community based benefits, are promising to prepare SIDS for future climate change scenarios. This reviewiew identifies Caribbean SIDS which highly depend on their marine ecosystems and are particularly vulnerable to climate change related risks and provides a recommendation on SIDS which are most suitable for EbA approaches including restoration and climate change adaptation efforts. Theselection was based on an assessment of the most important coastal ecosystems, namely mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs, which can mitigate the consequences of climate change. In particular, the ecosystems extent, status, and potential to climate change adaptation(CCA) were assessed. The existence of protected areas and the management of those areas were considered additional assets as they constitute absolute pre-requisites for any EbA approach addressing restoration efforts, to become successful in the long run. The island states of Grenada, SantaLucia, Jamaica, SaintVincent & the Grenadines and The Bahamas display suitable conditions, given certain prerequisites are to be met, for restoration efforts of various kinds to be implemented in the near future.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherUniversit de Genve
dc.publisherCentre for Tropical Marine Ecologie (ZMT), Bremen
dc.rightsPublicen_US
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjectclimate change adaptation
dc.subjectclimate change mitigation
dc.subjectclimate protection
dc.subjectenvironmental protection
dc.subjectcoast protection
dc.subjectcoastal environment
dc.subjectmarine ecosystem
dc.subjectmarine environment
dc.subjectmarine pollution
dc.subjectisland
dc.subjectisland ecosystem
dc.subjectfreshwater co
dc.subject.classificationClimate Change
dc.subject.classificationEcosystems Management
dc.subject.classificationDisasters and Conflicts
dc.titleEcosystem based approaches for climate change adaptation in Caribbean SIDS
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.old-id10842
wd.identifier.uneplive1
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 13 - Climate Action
wd.identifier.sdgiohttp://purl.unep.org/sdg/SDGIO_00000047


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