Caribbean warned to prepare for more severe storms

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Caribbean warned to prepare for more severe storms

At an OECS climate change forum, environmentalists warn that frequency and intensity of extreme weather conditions is likely to increase.

OECS member states have been urged to prepare for more extreme weather conditions and natural disasters as a result of climate change.

The warning came from Crispin d’Auvergne, Saint Lucia’s Chief Sustainable Development Officer, who was a contributing panelist at an OECS climate change forum in Dominica.

The forum is part of the Vini Kozè (Let’s Chat) Series that engages citizens in discussion and debate on development opportunities and challenges facing the region.

According to Mr. d’Auvergne, a 2008 environmental study showed that while Saint Lucia sees an average of one to two Category 4 or Category 5 hurricanes per year, it is likely to increase to four or five hurricanes of that magnitude each year. Citing another study, Mr. d’Auvergne said rainfall in the Caribbean is expected to increase…

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Drought Monitoring in the Caribbean

It has been noted by the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) that many Caribbean countries are concerned about drought conditions, due to the dry weather experienced in January.

However, both the CDPMN  (in Express Newspaper dated 21.02.2017) and the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) (February to April 2017 newsletter) note that short-term and long-term  drought continues to be a concern in Cayman, with N.Belize, Cuba and Tobago having prevalent long-term drought from December 31 up to April. Yet, it should be noted that the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) notes,  in the Trinidad and Tobago Dry/Wet Spell Monitor  and Outlook  by End of April 2017, that concerns for impactful dryness by April are still reduced, with improvement for Tobago due to the slight strengthening of positive Standard Precipitation Indices (SPIs).

Nevertheless, even with near normal rainfall across Trinidad and Tobago, from February to April 2017, persons are still expected to practice proper water conservation and storage, in order to reduce the negative impacts of such conditions, since the reservoir levels may not optimally be replenished.

 

 

Professional Enhancement Programs

Regardless of our  present qualifications, it is always a good idea to seek the means to improve our skills within our quickly changing work environment. For example, with the advancement of new technology, it is better to learn how to improve one’s proficiency rather than being unwilling to learn new skills. However, learning new skills does not only revolve around technology but also various aspects within one’s job specifications such as technical writing, or conflict resolution. I have outlined a few enhancement courses below for those of you interested in learning something new or looking to update your knowledge base.

UWI-ROYTEC

March 2017

  • Fundamentals of Human Resources Management*
  • Time Management*
  • Corporate Protocol and Etiquette

 April 2017

  • Technical Report Writing*
  • Executive Leadership Series Part 1*

May 2017

  • Effective Supervision
  • Comunication Skills for the Digital Age
  • Introduction to Product Management

* Franklin University Provided Programme

Contact Information for UWI-ROYTEC

Website: UWI-ROYTEC
Telephone: 225-1299 Ext. 2111 or 2110

UTT Professional Development Unit

UTT Chaguanas Campus

  • Project Management for Professionals (March 14 -17, 2017)
  • Dealing with Difficult People and Establishing Positive Relationships (March 21-22, 2017)
  • Effective Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (March 22 -24, 2017)
  • Technical Report Writing (March 27-29, 2017)

UTT Campus at SAPA

  • People Management Skills for Managers (March 14-15, 2017)
  • Women’s Self Defence Tactics (March 14, 16, 21, 23 & 28, 2017) (5-8 p.m.)
  • Business Ethics (March 21-23 2017)
  • Fire Safety and Evacuation Preparedness (March 28-29, 2017)

UTT John S. Donaldson Campus

  • Process Management: Applying process mapping to analyse and improve your operation (March 14 -15, 2017)

Contact information:-

Website: Professional Education Unit, UTT
Telephone: 642-8888 ext. 24301, 24119, 21380, 46121
Email: Queries

N.B. Courses are from 8 a.m – 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Water Policy Volume 18 Supplement 1 (2016)

Although one usually comes before two, due to some delivery mix-up, we have just received our print version of the Water Policy journal Volume 18 Supplement 1 (official Journal of the World Water Council), after the Supplement 2.

Topics discussed in this issue include water resources management, water pricing, water governance, water rights and river pollution, among others.

 

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Water Policy Journal Volume 18 Supplement 1

Persons wishing to view this document can visit me at my desk or send me an email. Happy reading folks.

Water Policy – Volume 18 Supplement 2

We have just received a print copy of the Water Policy journal (Volume 18 Supplement 2), the official journal of the World Water Council,which was published in December 2016.

This issue focuses on “Drought Policies: Case Studies on Mega-droughts for the High Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)” and provides articles which focuses on topics such as drought aspects, insurance, water policy responses, extreme climate, integrated water resources management and drought management.

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Water Policy Journal Volume 18 Supplement 2

For those of you interested in viewing this journal, you can either email me or visit me at my desk. Happy reading folks 🙂

Flood Response Using Earth Observation Data and Products

In browsing, the current issue of the EOS Earth and Space  Science News magazine (Volume 98 Issue 2) I came across an article detailing the NASA Flood Response Workshop, which was held in Greenbelt, Maryland, from 14 – 16 June, 2016.

Bringing together a unique group of seventy  (70) persons from a variety of organizations such as government agencies, academia, non-governmental agencies, the private sector, as well as, aid organizations, the workshop held by the NASA’s Applied Sciences Disasters Program, was seen as an opportunity for “unique and successful dialogue” (EOS, 8) among the relevant stakeholders including persons from organizations interested in capacity building and flood response.

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EOS Earth and Space Science News, Volume 98 Issue 2 February 2017

For further details on the article itself, and other interesting information, you can go directly to the current issue of the magazine, EOS Earth and Space Science magazine (Volume 98 Issue 2 February 2017).

Previous articles are also available in the archives section.

However, to view issues of Eos from 1997 through 2014, please visit Wiley Online Library. Older issues are available through an institutional subscription to AGU’s backfile or for AGU members by logging in to AGU.

 

World Wetlands Day- Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

With an insightful and informative article in today’s Trinidad Express Newspaper, Rahanna Juman, from the Institute of Marine Affairs, reminds us about the importance of maintaining and promoting our wetlands, since they are significant tools for aiding in climate change and dealing with extreme weather events.

One can also get further information from the Ramsar website by following the Word Wetlands Day link.

For instance, coral reefs such as the Buccoo Reef, are known to act as offshore barriers, with seagrass beds, sequestering and storing carbon which provides mitigation benefits in terms of climate change. This is also the case for mangrove forests and tidal marshes. Yet, the major question is whether or not sufficient measures are being undertaken to ensure that our wetlands such as the Nariva and Caroni Swamp and the Buccoo Reef, are being managed for future sustainability.

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However, with this in mind, there are ways that communities, individuals and policymakers can aid in the sustainability of our wetlands which are as follows:(taken from the following Wetlands Sustain Lives How Can We Sustain Them?)

Communities

• Find out how the wetlands in your area are being used or overused – and who depends on them. How do wetlands protect your area during extreme events?

• Adopt practices that ensure long- term sustainability of the local wetlands for everyone. Measures might include controlling illegal fishing and dumping, no –take rules, set catch limits and regulate the type of activities by season.

• Clear rubbish from wetlands, and unblock streams and rivers.

Policy-makers

Governments can include wetlands in their strategy for coping with disasters. Possible measures:

Designate wetlands in flood- and storm-prone zones as protected areas.

• Restore degraded wetlands that act as protective barriers.

• Work with local stake holders and civil society to promote sustainable agriculture, fisheries and tourism.

• Adopt cross sectoral policies especially in agriculture and water to help protect wetlands.

Individuals

Organize or join a wetland clean-up.

• Become a Wetland Ambassador advocate for wetlands.

• Use water more sparingly and avoid toxic products that drain into wetlands.

• Participate in actions to conserve and restore wetlands

Also if you’re looking for a fun activity, for you and the family, you  can visit a wetland near you and enjoy the simple pleasures that it offers. Persons between the ages of 18-25 worldwide can also take part in the Wetlands Youth Photo Contest, which runs for the period between February 2 to March 2 2017 and offers a chance to win a flight to a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections.