Lessons learned from Suriname NCAP Project

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 30th Mar 2011

Conclusion and Discussion

The activities carried out under the second phase of the NCAP programme have focused on developing a better understanding of the baseline vulnerabilities and on the elaboration of specific adaptation measures for protecting the livelihoods and economic activities in these key districts. In order to do so, the project has carried out a range of sector studies and has organized various meetings and consultations to discuss possible adaptation measures. The main outcome of the project is a set of detailed recommendations and suggestions that can be integrated into a climate change strategy and action plan for Paramaribo and Wanica. The approach used during this project could also be replicated to develop adaptation strategies and action plans for the other districts in the country.

In the course of the project, a few difficulties were encountered which were mainly related to the relative lack of good quality data. In carrying out the sector assessments it was often noted that the necessary data was lacking or not available in the required formats. The lack of good data also made it difficult to develop a complete and clear picture of the vulnerabilities in the two districts. Another issue that has emerged during the implementation of the project is the interrelations between the different sectors. It has been noted that in many cases developments in one sector will affect and have an impact on the developments in another sector. These relationships are not properly understood and new, innovative tools and methodologies will be needed to further explore these relationships.

Regardless of the above-mentioned difficulties the project has achieved its objectives. The project has also proven to be instrumental in increasing the awareness of both policy makers and the general public to the potential impacts of climate change on the study area and consequently more attention is now given to the aspects related to climate change than before. People are, for instance, increasingly considering climate change when making decisions about land use and housing. The project has also had a positive impact on communities and organizations who are now collaborating more on issues related to climate change.

In terms of further steps to be taken, the following key areas have been identified:

• Further activities need to take place to strengthen key institutions both in terms of human resources and in terms of tools to carry out tasks and responsibilities.

• A spatial plan needs to be drawn up allocating specific areas to specific purposes and activities.

• Further research needs to be carried out in order to improve our understanding of the role and value of mangrove forests in protecting the coastal zone from sea level rise and other climate change impacts.

• Data collection and monitoring systems need to be designed and upgraded in order to facilitate the collection of relevant data about climate change and its impacts on the coastal zone of Suriname.

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