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Responding to climate change in the Caribbean

Start Date:13 Jun 11 End Date:14 Jun 11

The Caribbean is highly vulnerable to the effects of global warming, and is one of the regions likely to be most profoundly affected by the impacts of climate change both in the short and long-term. Increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, rising sea-levels, and damage to marine eco-systems already threaten Caribbean environments, human settlements and livelihoods. A host of initiatives has been launched by governments, NGOs, and the private sector over the past decade in the search for effective economic, social and technological responses, with varying effectiveness. And the nations of the Caribbean are increasingly active in international climate change negotiations.

But the region's diversity socially, politically, economically, and geographically, represents a unique challenge both for regional policy responses to climate change, but also for international cooperation and governance. Equally, the Caribbean's trading partners and investors face a range of challenges, and perhaps opportunities, in their future engagement with the region.

The conference will be staged half-way between the UNFCCC COP 16 in Cancún (December 2010) and COP17 in South Africa (December 2011), which will do much to shape the international political and financial framework within which the Caribbean will seek to adapt to the impacts of climate change and pursue low-carbon development strategies.

This policy-focused conference aims to bring together academic researchers, officials from Caribbean governments and international agencies, and representatives of the private sector and non-government organisations working in the field. It will assess progress to date, highlighting lessons learned: the problems and obstacles as well as successes.

By assessing the story to date, the conference will provide an opportunity for policy-makers, scientists, investors and educators to better understand the requirements for effective, forward-looking responses to climate change challenges in the years ahead.

A conference report will be made available on the web, with conference papers. Papers will also be submitted for publication in relevant journals and considered for publication in an edited book.

Please send an enquiry to Emily Morris if you are interested in attending this event. The registration form and schedule are available to download.

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