The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, a sub-region within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), will launch a twelve-part Television series on climate change between 6pm and 8pm today, Wednesday, February 13, 2013.
The Television series, which was recently completed with the assistance of a Saint Lucia-based consulting firm, is the first of its kind for the OECS Secretariat and is expected to contribute to awareness building efforts of an OECS-USAID Climate Change Project aimed at “Reducing the Risks to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC).
The launch ceremony will take place at “Our Planet”, a state of the art cinema theatre in downtown Castries and the agenda will include the screening of selected episodes of the series, performances on climate change related issues, brief remarks from officials and a cocktail reception. Nearly 60 invited guests are expected to attend the ceremony, representing local, national, regional and international agencies involved in environmental conservation and climate change related work in the OECS sub-region.
This novel TV series produced by the OECS Secretariat features climate change impacts and solutions, with an emphasis on issues related the water, tourism and agricultural sectors, as well as highlights on vulnerabilities to coastal areas, and increased exposure to natural disasters, such as hurricanes.
The series is part of the awareness component of the USAID-funded climate change project (RRACC), and is expected to generate increased curiosity on climate change and provide tips on how the public can make individual choices that will help them better cope with climate change related issues.
The RRACC Project is a five-year development project which was launched in 2011 to assist OECS governments with building resilience through the implementation of climate change adaptation measures. RRACC will build an enabling environment in support of policies and laws to reduce vulnerability; address information gaps that constrain issues related to climate vulnerabilities; make interventions in freshwater and coastal management to build resilience; increase awareness on issues related to climate change and improve capacities for climate change adaptation.
**This blog is a modified statement from the OECS.