The consensus-based Final Draft Climate Change Policy was published in September 2011. The Policy is the product of three years consultation convened under the Enhancing Capacity for Adaptation to Climate Change (ECACC) project funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) with technical support provided by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). The Policy is based on an extensive technical review contained in the Green Paper – ‘Climate Change Issues for the Cayman Islands: Towards a Climate Change Policy’ (2010), which is the most comprehensive reference document to date on the potential implications of climate change for the Cayman Islands’ economic, social and environmental sectors.
The Cayman Islands’ Climate Change Policy outlines interventions to be implemented over the next 5 years that are required to address priority adverse impacts of climate change to be faced by these Islands. Additionally, the Climate Change Policy contains measures required to curb greenhouse gas emissions from activities that contribute to the problem of continued climate change. This Climate Change Policy recognizes that the combined actions of responding to the inevitable impacts of a changing climate (adaptation) and reducing further contributions to climate change (mitigation) are cost-effective and urgently needed in order to ensure low-carbon climate-resilient development in the Cayman Islands.
Vulnerability & Capacity Assessment of the Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise Impacts on the Cayman Islands’ Tourism Sector – June 2011
As part of the Enhancing Capacity for Adaptation to Climate Change in the UK Caribbean Overseas Territories Project in October 2008 the Cayman Islands National Climate Change Committee hosted a training workshop on how to conduct a Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment for climate change issues likely to affect these Islands. Given that the tourism sector formed a common economic pillar in all the Overseas Territories, it was agreed that all the Territories would carry out a climate change VCA on their national tourism sector.