16 people from Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, French Polynesia, Greenland, St Eustatius, St Helena, St Maarten and EuropeAid attended the GCCA workshop on ‘mainstreaming climate change in national development planning and budgeting’ organised in Brussels for overseas countries and territories (OCTs) of the EU. The workshop was organised in the wake of the 2012 OCT-EU Forum meeting, held in Brussels from 24 to 26 January. Participants had a range of backgrounds; they included a Minister of Environment (from French Polynesia), a Member of Parliament (from St Helena) and senior officials involved in a wide range of activities in OCT governments as well as OCT representative offices in the EU.
The delivery of a very intensive workshop over two days only was quite challenging but, based on participants’ feedback, successful. The workshop covered the same themes and modules as the typical GCCA regional workshops, with a specific focus on the (very diverse) situations encountered in OCTs. The wide geographical range of represented countries and territories was a specific feature of this workshop, and led to interesting discussions. Although some impacts of climate change can be significantly different between Greenland and small island countries in the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Atlantic ocean, participants found that they were also facing many similar challenges, and shared experience on how they were responding with the limited resources typically available for countries and territories with small populations.
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