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The Global to local Climate change adaptation and mitigation scenarios (GoLo CarSce) action aims to contribute to efforts to help Small Island Developing States within the Caribbean Region better understand and manage the effects of climate change. This knowledge is intended to improve resilience and build their adaptive capacity towards promoting more sustainable forms of development and sustainable livelihoods.

This three year action was proposed to the ACP Caribbean and Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development under the 2010 call for proposals and is currently being executed by the Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus in association with 6 regional partners: UWI Mona; UWI Cavehills Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies; The Cropper Foundation; The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute; and one international parter, the Stockholm environment institute. For More details on our partners visit our Partners Page.

Action

This Action is designed to improve the scientific understanding of the effects of climate change on the ecological, social, political and economic systems of Caribbean SIDS, through the development of a set of locally-relevant, socio-economic scenarios for the Caribbean which:

a. are being designed within the context and framework of Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5);

b. make use of four new Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) of the IPCC;

c. will apply cutting edge technologies and tools in order to present the most comprehensive and scientifically credible data and projections about the effects of climate change within the Caribbean Region in the medium to long-term (2035 and 2100).

Goals

The primary Goals of this project are: At the regional and sub-regional levels within the Caribbean

1. To offer the socio-economic scenarios to Caribbean decision-makers in order to provide them with a menu of response options that could help to support and enhance decision-making in the Region, related to climate change adaptation and sustainable development(including sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction), both at the national and regional levels;

2. To provide an opportunity for building the capacity of scientists, researchers and decision-makers within the Caribbean Region specifically related to the development and application of climate change socio-economic scenarios;

3. To develop stronger bases for economic diversification options that will result in the improved quality of life for Caribbean citizens.

At a global level

1. To make the Caribbean socio-economic scenarios available for use by the scientists of IPCC so that the regional and sub-regional perspectives and considerations which are generated on account of this Action could be used to enrich global climate change scenarios and datasets;

2. To use the experience gained through this Action to develop a set of guidelines for downscaling climate change at the sub-global levels (regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national) that could help bring greater consistency to climate change downscaling methods and approaches around the world.