Grenada - Pilot Programme for an Integrative Adaptation Strategy
As of: November 2019
Objective and activities
The project supports the island state of Grenada in increasing the resilience of sectors of the population and ecosystems that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. To do this, it takes an integrative approach across different sectors and different levels: at national level, the project strengthens the government’s capacity to coordinate different stakeholders in the field of adaptation. At individual sector level, it supports Grenada in using its water resources efficiently and in developing coastal zone management plans that take current and future climatic changes into account. At local level, the project partners support specific adaptation measures that increase the resilience of poor sectors of the population, while at the same time improving their living conditions. This comprehensive approach can serve as an example for other countries in the region and facilitate access to additional resources for adaptation to climate change.
- Grenada - Pilot Programme for an Integrative Adaptation Strategy
State of implementation/results
- The National Climate Change Committee adopted a new structure in 2014 and has assumed responsibility for coordinating the activities of the Government, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.
- The Government, the private sector, the academic community and non-governmental organisations have worked together to draft a policy for coastal zone management in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
- Coastal zone considerations were integrated into the draft Climate Resilience, Environment and Natural Resource Bill.
- More than 60 representatives of various ministries, the private sector and non-governmental organisations have been trained in the structured climate risk analysis of the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL). – In November 2017, the Grenadian Cabinet approved the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NAP) as well as the Climate Change Policy and Action Plan (2017-2021.
- The current national Growth and Poverty Reduction strategy has been revised to include climate change aspects and now supports a climate-sensitive poverty reduction policy.
- An awareness campaign is also targeting younger people with a climate change song circulated as a music video.
- 'How to become a climate champion’: Illustrative material has been produced to teach primary schoolchildren about climate change.
- In the interests of coastal protection, a comprehensive monitoring system has been put in place to conduct beach surveys, the necessary equipment has been procured and training sessions have been held. In addition, 1,900 mangrove seedlings have been planted in north-eastern Grenada. This afforestation measure is being accompanied by activities to promote alternative sources of income, such as beekeeping, ecotourism and sustainable coal mining. A joint committee made up of representatives of the local population and the authorities has been set up.
- With assistance from the programme, a Green Climate Fund project has been devised for climate change adaptation measures in the water sector. The programme has advised the Grenadian Government on developing resources and skills in this context. The GCF proposal was approved by the GCF-Board (42 Mio USD).
- GCF Readiness funding of about 330 000 Euro were secured
- A pilot plant for rainwater harvesting went into operation in Blaize in 2016. Using a storage tank with a capacity of 190 cubic metres, the community’s households are now directly connected to a drinking water supply system for the first time.
- Pilot measures on climate-smart agriculture have been carried out to train more than 60 government representatives and farmers. Here, traditional approaches are used to optimise water use and to propagate environmentally responsible composting and use of fertilisers. Climate-smart farming is firmly established in the Ministry of Agriculture's Three-Year Plan.
- In collaboration with a German company, Ökobit GmbH, the first of ten biogas systems has been installed, using organic waste from pig breeding. In addition to generating energy, this produces natural fertiliser and reduces environmental and marine pollution.