Suriname Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+)

Suriname Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+)

At a glance

Duration
to
Status
Active programmes
Region
Caribbean
Country
Suriname
Countries involved
1
Total budget
-
Sector(s)
GCCA priority area(s)
Effects of climate change on the region

Climate Change is a major issue for the Republic of Suriname as it is particularly vulnerable to the increasing frequency and severity of droughts, floods and severe storms, and their impacts on sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, as well as infrastructure. Such climate-related hazards are having increasingly adverse effects on the country and future climate change is likely to further exacerbate the situation. Based on problem analysis and needs assessment, the action will support Suriname in two areas:

  • The first component will focus on climate data collection, on the performance of the national meteorological service, on hydrological/hydraulic modeling as a basis for sustainable water resources management at the country level, and on adaptive research in the agricultural sector aiming to reduce the sector’s vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change. This is linked to the focal sector of the 11th EDF NIP, sustainable agriculture.

  • The second component will address the problem of ongoing destruction of the mangrove ecosystems which provide a natural defense of the coastal area against sea level rise and erosion. 

In the medium term, the knowledge and information generated by the proposed action will be essential inputs for subsequent climate change mainstreaming into national policies and strategies in concerned sectors.

The proposed action will also directly contribute to global EU and international climate change commitments (REDD+, UNFCCC, SIDS etc).

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Specific objectives

To reduce Suriname’s vulnerability to negative effects of climate change,

To enhance Suriname’s capacity for developing and undertaking appropriate and effective measures to adapt to climate change effects.

Key achievements

  • Programme Management Unit and Steering Committee installed.
  • Activities underway with inception phase completed including a revised working plan approved by Steering Committee.
Main activities per result

Knowledge and understanding of climate change effects and of opportunities or ways to cope with negative effects are enhanced.

  • Strengthen capacity at the national meteorological service,

  • Undertake water resources modeling and planning for integrated and sustainable water management,

  • Identify opportunities and develop new technologies to reduce the vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate change and climate variability

Essential tools and structures for sustainable management, focused on conservation of mangrove ecosystems, are in place

  • Develop a National Mangrove Strategy,

  • Conduct an economic (monetary) valuation study of the mangrove ecosystems,

  • Update and implement existing management plans of 4 coastal MUMAs,

  • Establish and adequately equip management structures at the 4 coastal MUMAs,

  • Patrolling and enforcement activities improved,

  • Public and community awareness campaigns designed and implemented.