Government launches project to establish Climate Data Repository

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis launched a project to establish the country’s first Digital Climate Data Repository.

Stakeholders from across St. Kitts and Nevis came together for consultative sessions on 17th June, 2024 at the Nevis Disaster Management Conference Room and on 18th June, 2024 and at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

The Digital Climate Data Repository will eventually provide accurate and actionable information which will enable the country to better understand and predict the impacts of climate change and inform decision making related to disaster risk reduction and climate services opportunities. 

Additionally, it will increase stakeholders’ and communities’ understanding of climate change, early warning systems, and emergency response in order to support more effective decision-making and mitigation of climate related risks.

During the launch, Auren Manners, Green Climate Fund (GCF) focal point within the Ministry of Sustainable Development, highlighted that the project will take the government closer to where it needs to be, which is an increased reliance on data for evidence-based, decision making which is best achieved through digitalization. 

During his presentation, Senior MET Officer, Elmo Burke, explained that the project is the result of an earlier Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis of the St. Kitts Meteorological Department that assessed the department’s ability to inform decision making in key climate sensitive sectors.

Burke added that the project will also facilitate storm surge and wave modelling for the country and introduce a front-facing website for the meteorological services.

The project, which is funded by the GCF , will be implemented over 10 months by international consulting firm, HR Wallingford, which previously worked with the water sector in St. Kitts and Nevis on strengthening climate resilience.

It will be overseen by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5 Cs) which serves as the government’s delivery partner on several GCF funded initiatives.

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