|U.K. to seek more climate change funding for territories|
|Thursday, 09 February 2012 09:24|
The Turks and Caicos Islands could be in line for more funding to fight the effects of climate change under a proposed programme to target U.K. overseas territories.
The Department for International Development (DFID); the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO); the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) are seeking consultants to design the programme.
“This programme will fill a gap identified in recent reviews of current climate change programmes which show that the overseas territories are not eligible to benefit from some programmes, and those which they can access do not fully meet their needs,” the Ministry of Environment and District Administration said in a Feb. 3 press release.
The terms of reference for the consultancy note that the U.K. government recently created the £2.9 billion International Climate Fund, but that overseas territories don’t appear to be able to get funds because they are not in priority spending categories.
Consultants are asked to consider and recommend three possible approaches for making more money available to the territories:
Most of the U.K.’s 14 territories are small islands that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as sea-level rise; changing distribution of carriers of disease; increased incidence of hot days; changes in rainfall patterns; more acidic oceans; a change in the incidence and intensity of extreme weather events; storm surge; flash floods and tropical cyclones.
The effects on territories can be severe because their most of their economies depend on only a few sectors, such as financial services, tourism and fishing.
“The impacts of climate change in the (territories) are a potentially huge contingent liability, which will fall to the U.K. taxpayer (it is important to consider the costs and impacts resulting from direct and indirect impacts including wider security, migration, pressures on resources),” the terms of reference state.
“Consequently it is in the U.K.’s interest to ensure that the (territories) have access to funding and/or expertise in order to take action to prevent, mitigate and/or adapt to such impacts and to promote low carbon growth.”
The consultancy has a start date of Feb. 20 and is due for completion May 31.
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