Canadian gov't funding climate resilient programme in the Caribbean
The vulnerability of the Caribbean islands to climate change puts their economy, environment and population at risk.
With this in mind, the government of Canada has decided to fund the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) a programme that aims to increase the capacity of local institutions to deliver skills training programmes that meet the economic and environmental needs of the region.
The 15 million dollar project runs for five years and will be rolled out in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia.
In Dominica, the programme will be managed by the faculty of Applied Arts and Technology of the Dominica State College (DSC).
Public Relations Officer Monelle Alexis, said the DSC has partnered with Algonquin College and Dalhousie University, both based in Canada, to offer training in areas such as Water and Coastal Management, Eco-Tourism, Agriculture and Construction.
SAGE is expected to increase participation of 30 small and medium sized enterprises in gender equitable workforce planning, development and certification.
The main objective is to have a more qualified work force, for employment in economic sectors associated with climate change.
Ms Alexis said the Dominica State College has also embarked on the Rotary Distance Learning Project (RDLP) which will enable Dominican-owned businesses to be more competitive and adaptable to climate change.
She said through this programme, technical education and skills training will be offered to students in remote areas.
This programme (RDLP) is being funded by the Rotary club of Canada.