Climate change and MEAs: Where does T&T stand?


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Climate change and MEAs: Where does T&T stand?

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October 13, 2021 


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The Ministry of Planning and Development said that Trinidad and Tobago has signed onto several Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on climate change.

Trinidad and Tobago’s greenhouse gas emissions are high - greenhouse gas emissions trap heat and the international community has realised that man-made gases associated with the development of states have caused imbalances and changes in the climate which, if left unchecked, will continue to negatively impact human health as well as food supply, weather, oceans and land masses.

So how do MEAs shape Trinidad and Tobago's policies on climate change?

The Ministry said that in June 1992 over 100 countries attended a UN Conference on Environment and Development called the Earth Summit, and agreed to work together toward sustainable development.

Trinidad and Tobago signed onto the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Agreement and also the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), among others.

The objective of the UNFCCC is to stabilise global concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at levels that prevent dangerous interference with the world’s climate.

Other measures include:

  • Creating an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions
  • An action plan to mitigate the effects of climate change
  • Promoting and cooperating in the application and diffusion of technologies and promotion of sustainable management
  • Preparing for adaptation to the impacts of climate change
  • Conducting and sharing research to increase public awareness

The Paris Agreement seeks to strengthen the global response to the threats of global warming and climate change to pursue efforts to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The UNCCD has two objectives: to provide scientifically justifiable solutions for land degradation and to improve the integrity or condition of degraded areas.

The Ministry said Trinidad and Tobago’s obligations include cooperating internationally in areas of collection, analysis and exchange of information, working together to promote an integrated approach in developing national strategies to combat desertification and to ensure adequate financial resources are available for programs.

The country is also obligated to develop a national action programme based on guidance from the Convention’s Secretariat and give regular reports on measures taken to implement the Convention.

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