The British Virgin Islands is expected to make more concerted efforts to tackle the growing issue of climate change.
Premier Andrew Fahie said this will include forming an entity dedicated explicitly to the issue.
“We will set up a statutory body for climate resilience and the environment, whose mandate is to develop plans and programmes for climate adaption, policies and strategies,” said Fahie who described climate change as real issue affecting the BVI.
Fahie who was speaking during and a public event last week said the territory and other small island developing states “must join in partnership with global partners”.
In that regard, Premier Fahie said the territory will join the Association of
He said the territory will only join as an observer since the BVI is “not an independent nation”.
In explaining the reason behind the move, Fahie said: “Climate resilience is an urgent issue which we shall pursue. We need to address issues of flooding in low lying areas, land slippages, erosion, beach protection…finding resilient fishermen and farmers and ensuring that public buildings, schools and hospitals are built climate smart, so in the case of hurricanes or other disasters, they can be protected.”
He said more significant announcements in that regard will be made in the coming weeks.