The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Delegation in Guyana continues to execute its Flagship Project – Integrated Environmental Resilience and Risk Management for Agricultural Production with the execution of a Webinar entitled “Integrated Management of Water Resources for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture: Experiences from the Caribbean”. The Speakers were Dr. Kevon C. Rhiney, from the Department of Geography and Geology of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and Mr. Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. This activity which was held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 was the fourth session executed under IICA’s Resilience Project for the year 2016 and has been a part of a regional action involving other Caribbean territories of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Bahamas in addition to the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago which are representative countries under the Caribbean Climate-Smart Agriculture (CCSA) Forum.
The objectives of the Forum are as follows: – Raise awareness of best practices promoting and supporting Caribbean Climate Smart Agriculture – Provide a space for dialogue among the relevant actors to discuss Caribbean Climate Smart Agriculture However, the fourth webinar focused on strengthening institutional connections between climate change adaptation and water resources in agriculture, providing technical examples of adaptation strategies to climate change related to water resources and conservation in the Caribbean and provided the context for the necessary cooperation between agricultural, water and environmental sectors The webinar saw participation from key players in the agricultural sector among which were representatives from National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Guyana (FAF/UoG), the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Hydro-Meteorological Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Representatives from the IICA Delegation in Guyana. The fifth and final webinar session for 2016 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1.