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WASHINGTON, DC---The World Bank has warned
that a rise in sea level could have "catastrophic
effects" for the Caribbean and would affect the
poorest and most vulnerable in the region.
A new study by the Washington-based financial
institution has urged Caribbean nations to link risk
management with social, economic and environmental
initiatives in order to increase their resilience to
"Salt-water erosion and coastal flooding will be
just a couple of the most serious consequences of
this phenomenon," warns the study, noting that 70
per cent of the Caribbean population lives on the
It noted that in all of the main cities in the
Caribbean, millions of inhabitants are less than a
mile from the coast---"including, obviously, highly
vulnerable cities like Port-au-Prince, Haiti and
The World Bank says that if the sea continues to
rise at the current rate, Santo Domingo, the capital
of the Dominican Republic, will be one of the five
cities most affected at a global level by climate change
in 2050---after Alexandria, Barranquilla, Naples and
"The Dominican Republic is already taking action
to face this great challenge, but there is still much
to be done," says Jerry Meier, an expert in climate
change for the World Bank.
Noting that tourism and agriculture are "the root
of many Caribbean economies," the report cautions
that coastal erosion caused by rising sea levels is "a
real threat for the tourist industry."
It says that coastal erosion is "already a reality"
faced by St George's, Grenada, Kingstown, St Vincent
and the Grenadines, Castries, St Lucia, and "above
all in Cane Field, Dominica, where the airport already
In addition, the report says that the Caribbean
faces the problem of salt-water infiltration into its
freshwater, noting that the region relies heavily on
rain water to refresh its freshwater reserves, "which
are threatened by a rise in global sea levels.
"If they don't act quickly, many countries face the
possibility of having to finance the costly process of
desalination," it adds.
To improve their climate resilience, the World Bank
has produced a series of recommendations.
It urges that land planning be incorporated more
into social programmes "to tackle how exposed they
are to risk."
The bank also recommends that an economic
recovery and diversification plan be established fol-
lowing a disaster, and that there be more investment
in flood controls and preparation for changes in
rainfall volume and frequency. (CMC)
Heads of national statistical institutes
of Latin America and the Caribbean gath-
ered at the Statistical Conference of the
Americas (SCA) in Santiago, Chile, have
agreed to strengthen the measurement of
poverty, public security and justice, South-
South co-operation and disability, and to
improve gender equality indicators.
These agreements feature in the final
resolution approved at the closing of the
seventh meeting of the SCA, which is a
subsidiary body of the Economic Commis-
sion for Latin America and the Caribbean
(Eclac), which from November 5 brought
together representatives from member
countries, as well as experts from the United
Nations and other international agencies.
In the final document, the SCA approves
the creation of a working group on statistics
for public security and justice, which will
consist of Mexico as co-ordinator, as well
as Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba,
Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the Dominican
Republic, as well as a specialized centre of
the United Nations Office on Drugs and
The Conference also agreed to set up a
task force composed of Argentina, Brazil,
Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and
Venezuela, with Eclac support, responsible
for formulating and proposing a method-
ological design and roadmap that would
measure South-South co-operation.
In addition, delegates approved the cre-
ation of another task force to prepare a
regional report on measuring disability in
Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The SCA called on countries to include
in their upcoming censuses the recom-
mendations proposed during the discus-
sions at this body.
In terms of the labour market, it noted
the activities proposed for 2014-2015 to
progress towards the standardization of
measuring labour informality.
The Conference also supports the targets
for continuing to improve gender statistics,
and calls on the region's countries to col-
laborate on implementing the global strat-
egy for improving agricultural and rural
statistics in Latin America and the
Caribbean, particularly in terms of South-
South co-operation strategies.
At this SCA meeting, the working group
on institution building presented a series
of activities for the period 2014-2015 ori-
ented to implement the Code of good prac-
tice for statistics in Latin America and the
Caribbean, and particularly to carry out
global evaluations in five of the region's
countries, and the development of South-
South co-operation for the application of
The SCA calls on countries that are inter-
ested in taking part in or benefiting from
these activities to make themselves known.
The Conference appreciated the
strengthening of national statistical capac-
ities and the dissemination of good prac-
tices in monitoring the Millennium Devel-
opment Goals (MDGs) in the region's
countries, while also calling on them to
increase their efforts to produce the infor-
mation needed to formulate MDG indi-
cators---with a view to accelerating the
achievement of the Goals by 2015, and to
actively participate in the process of the
Region's countries to strengthen statistics
The World Bank says that if the sea
continues to rise at the current rate, Santo
Domingo, the capital of the Dominican
Republic, will be one of the five cities most
affected at a global level by climate change
in 2050---after Alexandria, Barranquilla,
Naples and Sapporo.
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