At a glance
Like most small island developing states, OECS Member States face challenges originating from their small size and geographical location: small economies, limited infrastructure, and high vulnerability to natural disasters such as hurricanes. These characteristics, in association with prevailing land tenure systems, fragile soil types, physiographic and climatic variation, limited land area available for development, create intense competition between the land use options, which include urban settlement, agriculture, tourism and other infrastructure. These challenges are compounded by the projected impacts of global climate change, which is expected to exacerbate floods, storm surges, erosion, and to reduce the availability of freshwater.
The land management policies in the region are a common national level constraint that jeopardizes efforts towards a sustainable development resilient to the impacts of climate change. Notwithstanding previous intentions and efforts, the weak institutional capacity and resource framework has limited progress. The result is a region willing but not having the capacity to enforce climate change adaptation policies in relation to land management.
In this context, the project intends to address the issue of sustainable land management on the basis of a comprehensive and integrated regional approach, by supporting the OECS Secretariat to play the leading institutional role in legislating on environmental protection including aspects related to climate change.