The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) partnered with Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on Wednesday 25 July 2018 to train stakeholders on enhancing climate resilience and disaster management in sustainable tourism.
The workshop, being held at the Prevo Cinemall in Roseau, is facilitated primarily by Dr. Teresia Jennifer Edwards, a Policy Development Consultant.
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Edwards said the aim is to get individuals from across ministries and the private sector to understand what is involved in climate change and disaster risk management.
“In order for the country to actually continue its rebounding goal from climate change and of course with the vision for Dominica being the first climate resilient country in the world, it’s very important that every individual within the private sector, the public sector understand clearly what this means and what they should be doing,” she stated.
The scope of the workshop will include what climate resilience tourism means to the destination and individual stakeholder and tourism sector considerations for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
They will discuss two main topics; climate resilient sustainable tourism and disaster management framework.
In addition to this, Dr. Edwards said, “We will also be looking at best practices that possibly Dominica could consider today in its vision and its goal to continue as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean and as the climate resilient country.”
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of DDA and Director of Tourism Colin Piper while thanking participants for coming to the workshop, said the topic of climate change, disaster mitigation and preparedness are very pertinent to Dominica and the wider Caribbean.
“We live in a region that is prone to the effects of climate change and disasters, especially hurricanes. Of course we have firsthand knowledge and recent experience with hurricanes so the topics have relevance to us personally, for our businesses, and for us as a nation.”
Piper hopes the workshop will enable participants to plan better, to withstand and recover from the negative impacts of climate change and natural disasters.
Piper’s goals coming from this workshop is to have more people educated and informed about these topics in line with the Prime Minister’s stated goal of making Dominica the first climate resilient country in the world.
While telling participants to have a good time Piper also cautioned them saying, “Remember you get out of it what you put into it so we hope for some focus, we hope for some participation in this workshop”.