Barton: US Climate Adaptation Aid to Target Small Island States

The U.S. is expanding its assistance to help vulnerable countries adapt and increase their resilience to the adverse effects of climate change. It will commit USD244 million in fiscal year 2010 and request USD334 million in fiscal year 2011 to support climate change adaptation measures, U.S. Representative on the Economic and Social Council Rick Barton said.

Small island developing states (SIDS) will be “a focus of these [adaptation] activities,” Barton said during the plenary meeting of the 18th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. The U.S. is currently developing bilateral and regional approaches to meeting the adaptation needs of SIDS, he added.

To foster sustainable development for SIDS, a wide range of issues needs to be addressed - including water, health, food security, biodiversity, invasive species, economic development, waste management, chemicals management and trade, Barton said.

“We are very interested to hear more about specific opportunities in the field of renewable energy, a particular focus for the United States,” he said. “Given the costs associated with traditional sources of energy in SIDS, we have the chance to demonstrate technology applications that are both cost-competitive and environmentally sound.”

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.