The aims of the workshop were to recognize the common challenges and data needs of small islands in relation to risk reduction and climate change adaptation; to identify development needs for additional data services; and to identify useful methods for the dissemination of such services.
The workshop was an activity of the INNOVA project and brought together 35 participants representing stakeholders predominantly from the Caribbean with representation from the Pacific and Indian Ocean region, as well as providers of climate and earth observation services. It was jointly organized by the Climate Service Center Germany – Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht and the University of the French Antilles in Guadeloupe.
The workshop format combined participatory methods, individual presentations, plenary discussions and group work. The presentations highlighted regionally (for the Caribbean) and globally available data sources as well as location specific case studies.
Detailed information of the outcomes of the workshop are found below, including workshop presentations, case studies, workshop report, photos, short video statements and the “Guadeloupe Declaration”.
The participants of the workshop are gratefully acknowledged for their active participation and contribution. Future Earth Coast, and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) made financial contributions to the workshop. The workshop was financially supported by an ERA4CS INNOVA project (European Commission Grant Agreement Reference 690462), the I2B project CoastalClimateServices@GERICS and the Climate Service Center Germany – Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. GEO Blue Planet, Global Water Partnership and the Indian Ocean Commission made additional contributions of time and effort.
Lena Rölfer and Louis Celliers – January 2020