The available information suggests that the environment looms large in the future of the Caribbean today. The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Baldwin Spencer, has described the situation in these words: “there is no doubt that on the whole the impacts of climate change on small islands will have serious negative defects especially on socio-economic conditions and bio-physical resources, including the land.” The impact of climate change is not confined to the smaller Caribbean states. Several of the larger states such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica have also been challenged by the consequences of hurricanes and other horizontal disasters.
The physical formation of the Caribbean states would suggest that over time, environmental changes will poise long term challenges to most of them. Rising sea level will affect most of the coastal states, including Guyana. It is to the credit of the Caribbean Community that it has taken measures to put in place institutions which could help the Region in combating climate change, and it has also done studies which could inform policy and provide the basis for practical action. Additionally, the Region as a whole has become part of a global debate on climate change, and in some cases, such as the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in Guyana is showing both imagination and application.
Below are Papers/Extracts and other writings undertaken by the Region on Climate Change: