Head of the Office of Climate Change, Mrs. Janelle Christian said that Guyana will be focusing on community resilience as the country embarks on the process of developing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP), which is an essential component in the fight against climate change. She was speaking at the closing ceremony of the three-day Caribbean National Adaptation Plans Training Workshop held at the Ramada Princess Hotel at Providence.
Mrs. Christian said that traditionally, the focus had been on the effects of natural disasters on the agricultural sectors, not realising that it is the people, who are most affected, with the most vulnerable groups facing the greatest challenges in the aftermath. In this regard, she underscored the need for national consultations in the development of a National Adaptation Plan.
She noted that Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda have committed to working with each other, so that Guyana can use the experiences of that country in engaging civil society. The Head of the Climate Change Office said that it is necessary that the participating countries seek to identify ways of matching the capacity support available regionally with those from international donor agencies. She said, “I think the important thing is to advance the process, some little step…We are at different stages and to also try to see how we can network and continue to learn from each other.”