SCASPA’s Meteorological Officer II, Ms. Vincere Benjamin attend a Caribbean Drought Monitoring and Planning Training Workshop in Barbados. Under the banner, “Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean” (BRCCC) the workshop was funded by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is delivered by World Meteorological Organization and implemented by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). The BRCCC Programme contributes to the sustainable development of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by supporting the region’s initiatives related to the adaption of climate change and increasing climate variability and disaster risk reduction.
Participants included persons from the Meteorological services of Trinidad, Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts, Jamaica, The Cayman Islands and Belize. In attendance also were persons from various Water departments throughout the region, from countries, Barbados, Guyana, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Antigua working in collaboration with the Meteorological Services from their country. Persons representing the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) were the key speakers.
The objective of the workshop was for each participant to be trained to run and manage applications that will allow the generation of Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) and Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) values. The applications can generate a station’s drought history using station based climate data. These applications have been developed by the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC).
Participants were encouraged to use the knowledge gained within their islands and collaborate with other agencies or departments to develop a National Drought Policy for their county.