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Final national climate change policy, strategy and action plan for Suriname 2014-2021

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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Suriname’s people, society, economy and environment are already affected by extreme weather and climate events, and are under increasing risk from the impacts associated with climate change.
The May 2006 floods, for example, affected over 13,000 households in Suriname, particularly in Brokopondo and Sipaliwini districts, and caused damage and loss valued at approximately SRD$111 million across the housing, health, education, energy, transport, communications, agriculture, tourism, commerce and trade sectors (Buitelaar et al. 2007).
The best available science projects that in future, temperature will increase, sea level will rise and the proportion of total rainfall that falls in heavy events will increase, while average rainfall will decrease. Action is already being taken to address climate impacts, but more needs to be done.
This report outlines a strategy and action plan from 2014 to 2021.
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