Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Climate Vulnerability Profile
This vulnerability profile provides an overview of USAID program vulnerabilities for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Mission supports development assistance programs in Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The region is characterized by differing levels of economic development and income across and within these nations. The countries in this region have different vulnerabilities and will experience different impacts from climate change, yet all are dependent on tourism and associated industries. Temperature increases, sea level rise, and extreme events can impact the number of days suitable for tourism and have resulting impacts on these countries’ economies. These countries also tend to have aging infrastructure (e.g., roads, hospitals, water facilities); poor infrastructure conditions make them more vulnerable during extreme events such as the annually returning cyclone and hurricane season. Rich in biodiversity, continued exploitation of these countries’ resource base, changes in land use, decreases in water quantity and quality, declining aquaculture, and loss of shorelines due to coral reef degradation could each increase the vulnerability of these countries’ economies to climate changes.Find other country and regional climate risk management resources here.