International Conference on Low Carbon Development

The impact of climate change on Caribbean Countries can have widespread social, economic and environmental implications because of their extensive coastal settlements and coastal urban infrastructure. This is particularly the case in Guyana, where the Nation’s Capital and a significant portion of the population are in an area currently located below mean sea level.

It has been established that “climate change impacts are part of the larger question of how complex social, economic and environmental subsystems interact and shape prospects for sustainable development” (Synthesis Report and Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Thus, the integration of climate change policies with broader sustainability-oriented community development strategies indicates a critical need for more effective planning and coordination.

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