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Dominica: National workshop on generating climate change and disasters indicators for policy decision- making

19 de julio de 2022|Evento

The Caribbean region is acutely threatened by climate change, particularly the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Dominica is no exception. Availability of quality statistics and indicators are crucial to effectively respond to the effects of climate change and build resilience.

Background

The Caribbean region is acutely threatened by climate change, particularly the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Dominica is no exception. The country is situated in the tropical cyclone belts and is directly exposed to the forces of the oceans. And as a small geographical area, disasters might affect vast proportions of the country.

Availability of quality statistics and indicators are crucial to effectively respond to the effects of climate change and build resilience.

Against this backdrop, the ECLAC´s Statistics Division, Sub regional Office for the Caribbean, in collaboration with the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, are joining forces to enhance the production and use of key indicators and metrics to monitor and adapt to the effects of climate change and strengthen Environmental Information Systems (EIS). These efforts, supported by the Development Account of the United Nations, aim to boost the environmental pillar of the 2030 Agenda and improve policy coherence in the implementation of the Escazú Agreement, the Revised St. George´s Declaration (SGD 2040), the SAMOA Pathway, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework.

Objectives
  1. Train the participants to build selected environment, climate change and disaster indicators and its metadata.
  2. Identify data and capacity gaps to develop an Environmental Information System (EIS) and build a regional resilience platform.
  3. Have a better understanding of how geospatial data can enhance the use of environment, climate change and disaster indicators for effective decision making.
Expected outcomes
  1. At least four prioritized climate change and disasters indicator and its metadata are available at the end of the workshop.
  2. A selection of prioritized indicators from the Global Set of Climate Change Indicators are identified for Dominica.
  3. Follow up steps to build further selected climate change and disasters indicators are agreed with the national focal points from the Central Statistical Office and the Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment of Dominica.

19 Jul 2022

  • Inaugural session and introduction to the workshop

    09:00 a 10:30
    Inaugural session and introduction to the workshop

    - Lorna Prevost Stephens, Chief Statistician acting, Central Statistical Office of Dominica
    - Mandra Fagan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment
    - Faustina Wiggins, Project Officer, CARICOM Secretariat
    - Chamberlain Emmanuel, Head of Environmental Sustainability Division, OECS
    - Reena Shah, Chief, Environment Statistics Section, UNSD
    - Rolando Ocampo, ECLAC Statistics Division

    • Alda Díaz, ECLAC
      Presentation of the participants, introduction, and objectives of the workshop
  • 1. Global and regional enabling frameworks and strategies

    10:30 a 11:50
    1. Global and regional enabling frameworks and strategies
    • Faustina Wiggins, CARICOM Secretariat
      1.1 Regional work on environment statistics as a guiding force to improve availability of climate change and disasters statistics and indicators
      Gale Archibald, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS
      1.2 Regional strategy to strengthen capacity development for environment and climate change statistics in the Caribbean
      Reena Shah, UNSD
      1.3 Global Set of Climate Change Statistics and Indicators: a tool to identify multi-purpose indicators on climate change
      David Barrio, ECLAC
      1.4 The Escazú Agreement: a pathway to developing an Environmental Information System (EIS)
      » Q&A Session
  • 2. Environment, climate change and disasters indicators for Dominica needs and priorities

    12:05 a 15:15
    2. Environment, climate change and disasters indicators for Dominica needs and priorities
    • Kimisha Thomas, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment
      2.1 National policies and plans where environment, climate change and disaster indicators are required
      Iskuhi Mkrtchyan and All participants
      2.2 Group dynamic (3): demand and priorities of indicators along the policy-making cycle
      Iskuhi Mkrtchyan and All participants
      2.3 Group work: Review the Global Set of Climate Change Indicators and select priority indicators for the country, All participants by groupile chosen
      Karina Cázarez, ECLAC
      2.4 Choosing the indicator to be built during the workshop
      Georgina Alcantar, ECLAC
      Conclusion of the day and what to expect for day 2
      Abdullahi Abdulkadri, ECLAC
      End of day 1

20 Jul 2022

  • 3. What is needed to produce environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators?

    09:00 a 09:30
    3. What is needed to produce environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators?
    • Vernice Lloyd-Taylor , Statistical Officer, Central Statistical Office
      3.1 Types of data sources used in Dominica: strengths and weaknesses
      Robin Carrington, UNSD
      3.2 Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES) and its implementation tools
  • 4. How to produce environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators?

    09:45 a 11:20
    4. How to produce environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators?
    • Janet Geoghagen-Martin, ECLAC
      4.1 From data to environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators and statistical classifications and typologies
      Francisco Jiménez, ECLAC
      4.2 The geospatial dimension of environment, climate change and disaster statistics and indicators
      Georgina Alcantar, ECLAC
      4.3 ECLAC´s methodology to produce environment, climate change and disasters indicators
      Alda Díaz, ECLAC
      4.4 How to develop a methodological sheet & examples of methodological sheets
      Analía Pérez and Paula Fuenzalida, ECLAC
      4.5 Interactive quiz on Methodological Sheet (Slido)
  • 5. Building selected environment climate change and disasters indicators with national data

    11:35 a 15:40
    5. Building selected environment climate change and disasters indicators with national data
    • Karina Cázarez, ECLAC
      5.1 Instructions for group work
      Abdullahi Abdulkadri, ECLAC
      5.2 Exercise example
      All participants
      5.3 Group work: building selected climate change and disasters indicators and their methodological sheets
      Insights from the working groups
      Karina Cázarez, ECLAC
      Conclusions of the day and what to expect for day
      Abdullahi Abdulkadri, ECLAC
      End of day 2

21 Jul 2022

  • 6. Recap from day 2 and introduction to day 3

    09:00 a 09:15
    6. Recap from day 2 and introduction to day 3
    • Analía Pérez and Francisco Jiménez, ECLAC
      Welcome to day 3 + Slido
  • 7. Presentation of group work results: indicators and methodological sheets

    09:15 a 11:25
    7. Presentation of group work results: indicators and methodological sheets
    • All groups present their indicators and methodological sheets
      Remaining groups present their indicators and methodological sheets and receive feedback from the audience and the ECLAC team
  • 8. Towards an environmental information system in Dominica

    11:50 a 15:30
    8. Towards an environmental information system in Dominica
    • Karina Cázarez, ECLAC
      8.1 Instructions for group work
      Ishi Mkrtchyan, ECLAC & All participants
      8.2 Group work: dissemination and sustainability of the new indicators: challenges & potential solutions
      Georgina Alcantar, ECLAC
      8.3 Recommendations to establish an Environmental Information System
      8.4 Evaluation of the workshop
  • Closing remarks

    14:35 a 15:30
    Closing remarks

    - Lorna Prevost Stephens, Chief Statistician (A.g), Central Statistical Office of Dominica
    - Mandra Fagan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment
    - Georgina Alcantar, ECLAC Statistics Division, Chief of Environmental Statistics and Climate Change Unit

    • Abdullahi Abdulkadri, ECLAC
      Delivery of Certificates & Group photo
      Abdullahi Abdulkadri and Georgina Alcantar, ECLAC
      End of the workshop