European and Caribbean officials are into the final day of their discussions on Friday discussing the studies and analysis undertaken by the Caribbean Coastal Risk over the last four years.

The three-day meeting is being attended by representatives from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico and the Association of Caribbean States.


Officials at the INTERREG CARIB-COAST programme

The INTERREG CARIB-COAST programme is an EU project led by the Geological and Mining Research Bureau of Guadeloupe, allowing for the creation of a network of experts developing strategies for the prevention of coastal risks and adaptation to climate change.

The organisers said the programme also aims to share, build and disseminate approaches to monitoring, prevention of coastal risks and adaptation to climate change.

“This programme responds to one of the main areas of concern of the Association of Caribbean States, namely the preservation and defense of the Caribbean Sea. It encompasses the entire insular Caribbean including the French West Indies of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Martin and relies on partners such as the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System in Puerto Rico, the Institute of Marine Affairs in Trinidad & Tobago and the MONA Institute of Geoinformatics at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica,” according to a statement issued here.

It said that among the existing tools, is a digital platform for modeling marine submersions, which will also serve as a data bank for the storm and impact monitoring network and the coastal erosion monitoring and prevention network

The statement said that the INTERREG CARIB-COAST programme also takes into consideration the tourist economy related to the maintenance of the beaches and the natural inheritance of the environment, rich in biodiversity.