Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency launched the Caribbean Climate Wire

Monday, November 18th, 2013, the  Inter Press Services (IPS) News Agency launched the Caribbean Climate Wire.

The overall goals of the Caribbean Climate Wire are to generate greater awareness about:

·         The impacts of climate change in the Caribbean, and

·         How communities and policy-makers are addressing it.

The Caribbean Climate Wire is an initiative of Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS), which is a regional partnership program between the CARICOM Secretariat and the Federal Republic of Germany. It is being jointly implemented by the Environmental Health and Management Unit of CARICOM/CARPHA, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Inter Press Service - Logo Enlarge image Inter Press Service - Logo (© Inter Press Service)

The CATS program teamed up with the IPS, who has a strong track record on reporting climate change, both as a key theme of its environmental reporting and as a phenomenon that is having an increasing and crosscutting impact on economics, politics and society. In December 2012, IPS won the gold medal award of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation / United Nations Correspondents Association for its coverage of climate change, biodiversity and water issues, including special mention of the work of an IPS Caribbean correspondent.

IPS has a network of reporters in the CARICOM region. They primarily cover small Caribbean states including virtually all eight CARICOM Member States that the CATS program covers, namely Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent.

The majority of these countries rank in the top most disaster-prone in the world in terms of disasters per land area or population. The rest of the Caribbean is not far behind, with all the countries among the top 50 hot spots.

The Caribbean Climate Wire is aimed at deepening the volume and impacts of professional, independent multi-media reporting about climate change in the Caribbean. By providing a mix of different media the outputs of the work will be accessible to different audiences on different platforms, ensuring wide and deep impacts.

For more information check out the webpage of Caribbean Climate Wire