The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) recently organized a training course entitled “The Use of Sector-Specific Biophysical Models in Impact Assessment in the Caribbean”. This course was implemented under the European-Union (EU) funded Regional Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project in partnership with the Government of Jamaica. The main objective of the training course was to provide technicians and practitioners of the Caribbean region with an opportunity to apply existing climate models as tools for sector-specific decision-making in the context of climate change adaptation. The training course covered two modules: (1) “The Science of Climate Change” and (2) “Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change”. The course curriculum was based on the training manual and workbook developed by Cuba’s Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) and the CCCCC, and was delivered by a team of trainers from INSMET.
The training course was held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in Jamaica from January 6 – 17, 2014. The target audience for the course included climate change experts, technicians and practitioners from public and private sectors as well as non-governmental organizations. Key organizations and groups represented at the course included Antigua & Barbuda’s Ministry of Agriculture; the Bahamas Meteorological Service; the National Climate Change Office of the Dominican Republic; Haiti’s Ministry of Environment, and post-graduate students of UWI’s St. Augustine Campus. Belize was represented at the training by personnel from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) as well as CZMAI’s Data Analyst, Ms. Maritza Canto. According to Ms. Canto this training provided many methodologies for the application of basic climate based models that can be used to enhance climate adaptation planning for the various productive sectors in Belize.