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Report on the KAP survey of six participating member states

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The KAP  on  climate  change  was  conducted  to  assess  the  knowledge  of,  attitudes to,  and practices of  the  population  of  the  OECS - Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitt and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines -  in  relation  to climate  change. 

As part of the project, Reducing the Risks to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC), the results of the survey were to inform the development of a regional  awareness  strategy  and  action  plan  for  improving  public  awareness  and education  on  the  predicted  impacts  of  climate  change  and  on  the  importance  of
implementing measures for adaptation and resilience in the OECS.

The  survey  dealt  with  a  number  of  critical  factors  of  relevance  to  the  OECS  sub-region, with  regard to  climate  change,  including  the  people’s  perception  of  the seriousness  of  the  problem, their  level  of  awareness  and  knowledge  of  the  causes and consequences of climate change, and their response to it, both at the household and institutional levels.

For SIDS, which  have a  number  of  environmental  and socioeconomic  characteristics  which make them vulnerable  and  present  particular  challenges  in  arriving  at  sustainable  development, the threat of climate change has the possibility of exacerbating existing socioeconomic  and  environmental  problems and  creating  new  ones. 

The  survey results suggest the need for the people of the OECS to have a greater understanding of climate change and its ramifications for Caribbean societies and more specifically for their daily lives.