Caribbean Part of the Kingdom now also on Climate Adaptation Knowledge Portal

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By Jan-Willem Anker

29 / 05 / 2024



This spring, we added to the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Portal a section all about the Caribbean Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. The pages in this section provide information on climate change and what the Caribbean islands can do to adapt to the consequences.

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Why a separate section for the Caribbean?

Climate change has a major impact on the Caribbean islands. The consequences of climate change there are also different from those in the European Netherlands. This means that these islands need a dedicated central location where they can with climate information. This is only logical, as from a political perspective, the Caribbean islands hold a special position within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten are autonomous countries within the Kingdom, as is the Netherlands. The public bodies of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba (the BES islands) enjoy a separate status as special municipalities of the Netherlands.

Knowledge to make islands more resilient

For the section on the Caribbean, we have compiled as much information as possible on climate change and climate adaptation on the islands. What consequences does climate change have in the Caribbean? What is already happening on climate adaptation? What local and regional networks are working on this? And what relevant research has been conducted? The aim is to expand and improve this section, like the rest of the knowledge portal, in the coming years. Policy officers, entrepreneurs and residents can use this knowledge to make their island more resilient to climate change.

Island voices

A special item we have added to this section is ‘Island Voices’. This is a series of interviews in which residents from different islands and with different expertise talk about how they view climate change and climate adaptation. We find the views and experiences of islanders very important to share. Only together can we take good adaptation measures. In the first interview, you will meet Kimani Kitson-Walters and Anna Maitz of St Eustatius. Kimani is policy advisor for Agriculture, Nature and Environment on St Eustatius. Anna is programme manager of the NEPP (the Nature and Environment Policy Plan).

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