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UWI to conduct survey on climate change, livelihoods in SVG


The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, in collaboration with the Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Venice, Italy, and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Belize,{{more}} will be conducting a survey to determine the potential impact of climate change, through the effect it has on the supply of and demand for freshwater, on the exposure, sensitivity and vulnerability of the livelihoods of communities in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The project is called CASCADE (Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Water Resources and Human Livelihoods in the Coastal Zones of Small Island Developing States) and commenced on April 25, 2014.

Professor Patrick Watson, director of SALISES at the St Augustine Campus, said that the project aims to understand household views on environmental issues affecting the community and the survey results will provide guidance for future public awareness programmes and policy development. He added that the knowledge obtained will also allow government agencies, NGOs and community groups to take appropriate measures to adapt to and, hopefully, minimize the negative impacts identified, which will be to the benefit of all the citizens of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The local community is advised that research administrators with visibly displayed name badges will be visiting households in all areas of St Vincent and the Northern Grenadines from April 28 to June 8, 2014.

The questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Professor Watson said: “We believe that the results of this exercise will be of critical importance to individuals and their families and responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.

“We do sincerely appreciate the help of community members in participating in this survey.”