Saint Lucia, like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), is highly prone to devastating natural disasters. Its vulnerability can be attributed to its:
- Small geographical area, which means that disasters take country-wide proportions;
- Location in some of the highest risk areas of the planet; and
- Dependence on a few sources of income for a substantial part of its gross national product (GNP)
The fragility of ecosystems coupled with limited human capacity and financial resources have so far precluded the development and implementation of robust adaptation programs. For a climate vulnerable country like Saint Lucia adaptation to climate change is a fundamental development priority.
…the value in $US of damages and losses caused by Hurricane Tomas in 2010, representing 43.4% of GDP
Saint Lucia is using resources from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) to develop and implement a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR). The SPCR is designed to pilot and demonstrate ways to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning as well as provide incentives for scaled-up action and transformational change.
Resources made available under the PPCR will help catalyze support for civil society and attract private and public sector investments that will build climate resilience in Saint Lucia.