Finland combating climate change in the Caribbean
New meteorological project signed in March
Finland has been co-operating with the Caribbean island states on various environmental and climate change projects in the recent years. Issues that have been on the agenda are especially related to sustainable development through renewable energy projects and disaster mitigation.
Since 2001 Finland has provided support to national meteorological development in the Caribbean SIDS. The aim has been to improve national disaster mitigation, preparedness and early-warning capacity. There have been several bilateral and regional projects led by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. Activities are ongoing and expanding.
A new project aiming at strengthening the hydrometeorological operations and services in the Caribbean SIDS was signed between the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute in March 2011.
Disaster mitigation needs to be incorporated also into the Building Back Better project in Haiti, in order to reduce the damage caused by natural disasters. Finland is currently supporting a project for building hurricane and earthquake proof schools in Haiti.
Furthermore, Finland promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy by financing the Energy and Environment Partnership in Central America, including some Caribbean island states. In 2012 Finland is planning to sponsor a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) conference on sustainable energy.