The Virgin Islands: Climate Change Green Paper

Topics: Climate, Global warming, Climate change Pages: 108 (29968 words) Published: September 11, 2010
The Virgin Islands

Climate Change Green Paper
Prepared by the Conservation and Fisheries Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour Author: Angela Burnett Penn

August 2010

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The Virgin Islands

Climate Change Green Paper

Prepared by the Conservation and Fisheries Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour Author: Angela Burnett Penn

August 2010

CONTENTS
FOREWORD ............................................................................................................................................. 1 PREFACE ................................................................................................................................................... 2 The Green Paper – Purpose and Origins ................................................................................................................. 2 How to Read the Green Paper ............................................................................................................................... 3

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS........................................................................................................................ 4 INTRODUCTION...................................................................................................................................... 5 Climate Change – What Is It? ................................................................................................................................. 5 Why Care About Climate Change? ......................................................................................................................... 8 Climate Change Impact Areas .............................................................................................................................. 10 The Virgin Islands Vulnerability and Adaptation Potential ................................................................................... 11

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ....................................................................................................................... 12 The Virgin Islands Context ................................................................................................................................... 12 Projected Changes in Climate .............................................................................................................................. 13 Climate Changes Happening Now ........................................................................................................................ 14 Potential and Existing Climate Change Impacts ................................................................................................... 15 Institutional, Legal & Management Arrangements for Responding...................................................................... 17 Towards an Adaptation Strategy ......................................................................................................................... 18 Climate Change Adaptation Options .................................................................................................................... 19

1.0│ THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CONTEXT ........................................................................................... 29 1.1 │Location ...................................................................................................................................................... 29 1.2 │Geography and Topography ........................................................................................................................ 30 1.3 │Climate and Natural Hazards ....................................................................................................................... 31 1.4 │Natural Resources ....................................................................................................................................... 34 Plants (Flora)...

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Since temperature is a basic control of the Earth’s climate, climate change is not just limited to increasing temperatures, but changes in other fundamental aspects of climate (UNFCCC, 2010)
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