At a glance
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).