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Build resilience against extreme weather

Heather-Lynn Evanson, [email protected]

Build resilience against extreme weather

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IT IS IMPORTANT that small island developing states do all in their power to mitigate the effects of events of extreme weather.

So says Permanent Secretary in the Minister of Agriculture,  Food,  Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Esworth Reid.

Reid, who is also the chairman of the board of governors of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, was speaking at the launch of a Weather and Climate Ready Programme at the CIMH today.

He says the smaller the size of a country, the more fragile is its economy and therefore the more significant the consequences of severe weather.

Reid added “great emphasis” should be placed on reducing the vulnerability and strengthening the resilience of physical structures that drive and support economic activity, especially with respect to communication and distribution including roads, sea and airports. (HLE)