Drought assessments in different regions and sectors: summary for policy makers

Drought assessments in different regions and sectors: summary for policy makers

Water scarcity in the Caribbean region places many pressures on water and water resources management, and several productive sectors especially agriculture and tourism. Recent experiences of drought events illustrate the potential impacts of future events and can serve to raise the need for the urgent implementation of adaptation and response measures that could be applied in almost all the socio-economic sectors where water is a critical factor for development. Future increase of drought events in the Caribbean is one of the big challenges for life and development within the Caribbean region as it is indicated by several or almost all the model projections as a consequence of climate change. Agriculture is one of the most important sectors for the Caribbean region, both in terms of income generation and subsistence farming. Therefore, the CARiDRO tool will help the Caribbean develop and maintain robust sectors through policy formulation and implementation of adaptation strategies and measures. The application of the CARiDRO tool will impress on Governments the urgency to formulate and implement policies with regards to using more drought tolerant flora, engage in integrated water resources management, adjustment of cultural and sporting activities, implementing modern livestock management, and modifying and enhancing the tourism products.

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