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.