By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana’s Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plan (CRSAP) is one that will guard against the effects of climate change and will definitely avert the possibility of any catastrophe, says Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.
Harmon made the statement as the consultation phase for the draft document winded down at the Regency Suites on Monday, December 14. He stated a lack of a proper policy is the precursor to catastrophe.
“I am very confident that our national policy for facing the issues of Climate change in their entirety will put to rest any possibility of catastrophe due to the lack of proper planning. I am convinced that the action plan that will engage our attention here today is a positive step in the right direction for Guyana with regard to climate change,” said Harmon.
He urged that participants engage fully on the key tenets of this document to ensure that the end product is consistent with Guyana’s reality and will take into consideration every possibility and eventuality with respect to the effect of Climate change.
“It is already an established fact that without action now, the impacts of Climate change which is already manifested through increased rainfall and other environmental anomalies will become more frequent and occur with greater intensity. This will have deleterious effects on every sector of our economy and undermine our growth prospects. Therefore, the “do nothing” alternative is not an option for us.”
He noted that it is also important for everyone to have a clear understanding of Guyana’s vulnerabilities in relation to the wider development context and work to bridge them.
“This will foster improved well-being for our citizens as the positive impacts of development projects would be maximized which could in turn reduce impacts of Climate change for our people,” said Harmon.
It was stated that the policy consolidates work done over the years with regard to climate change and goes on to identify key climate risks and priority resilience building actions.
It has been dubbed a comprehensive, forward looking policy document that will for the next five years, guide Government on advancing projects in sectors that are prone to extreme climate effects such as Agriculture, Drainage and irrigation , health and sea defence.
Additionally, it provides a set of building actions that will enhance our capacity for national adaptation planning and becoming climate resilient.