Aruba has held discussions with the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on approaches to cope with climate change in the wake of the recently concluded 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris.
Aruba’s Prime Minister, Mike Eman, has held talks with the BVI's Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering.
The Deputy Premier shared with the Prime Minister the various climate change and wider environmental challenges facing the BVI, including a prolonged drought earlier this year and the groundswell of sargassum that has inundated the Caribbean basin.
Pickering also underscored the main features of the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund as a mechanism by which to generate sustainable financing for climate change adaptation activities and other measures to protect the environment.
“The great challenge for small island developing states in addressing climate change is securing sustainable financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation activities,” Pickering said.
“The Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund will help to overcome this problem in the BVI context, and we are prepared to share the legal and financial framework that has been developed with other islands such as Aruba in the Caribbean and those in other regions,” he added.