From rising sea levels to natural disasters and coastal erosion, climate change has hit many small islands severely and St. Kitts and Nevis hasn’t been spared either. The twin-island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, set in the Lesser Antilles, is threatened both by the sea level rise and the region’s increasingly frequent and severe hurricanes.
“It’s very vulnerable and easily impacted by climate change. Especially during these two years droughts and hurricanes damaged the country’s agriculture sectors,” says Alex LJ Shyy, Deputy Secretary General, ICDF, an organisation that has been helping with adaptation measures.
The nation which has been hit by loss and damage is looking at funds to rebuild the lost infrastructure due to repeated hurricanes and flash floods. “Our very own experience is such that we access loans for infrastructural development and halfway through our development we are impacted by hurricanes, some extreme weather events. we have to again access more loans to correct the problems caused by this natural disasters. So it’s important for us to be able to access loss and damage finance because while we take loans to fix our country we are then impacted by these natural disasters again,” says Joyelle Clarke Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Climate Action and Constituency Empowerment.