ST. LUCIA-St. Lucia launches Green Climate Fund readiness project.

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – The government has launched the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme Grant (NAP GCF) project.

The 30-month GCF Readiness Project aims to develop adaptation measures in key sectors further and inform action, ultimately supporting the shift from adaptation planning to implementation.

“Today’s launch of the Green Climate Fund Readiness Project unlocks another level to our climate adaptation efforts and will support the move towards the tangible gains of implementation,” Sustainable Development Minister Shawn Edward told the ceremony that brought together key stakeholders, experts, technical officers, non-governmental and civil society organizations, and private sector actors to discuss key project areas.

“Your presence here signals agreed collective action towards bolstering St. Lucia’s climate adaptation efforts. Each of you here represents key sectoral and cross-sectoral stakeholder groups who will contribute towards building plans of action to safeguard our heritage, homes, and livelihoods,” he added.

The project is valued at US$1.7 million and will be rolled out in phases over 30 months. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of the remaining priority NAP sectors, namely education, tourism, and infrastructure/spatial planning, to develop sectoral adaptation strategies and action plans.

It is also intended to bolster the evidence base in these critical sectors to advance adaptation technologies and solutions focused on coastal resilience and enhanced private sector engagement in the adaptation process.

The cabinet-endorsed Private Sector Engagement Strategy will also be implemented to promote private sector inclusion and participation in St. Lucia’s climate change adaptation response.

A government statement said research and assessments conducted during this project will also enhance the understanding of climate-related coastal vulnerabilities, risks, and impacts to guide decision-making and adaptation planning.

“All activities are expected to position St. Lucia to gain greater access to finance, enabling the country to implement adaptation plans and thus strengthen climate resilience across sectors, the fundamental goal of the NAP GCF Readiness Project.

“The NAP GCF Readiness Project will boost climate resilience efforts, defining how the country and its population will adapt to the urgent and growing threat of climate change. St. Lucians can expect to witness and be part of widespread consultation, engagement, and awareness-raising activities throughout the project,” the statement added.

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