Bishop’s College Secondary School in Carriacou held their ribbon cutting ceremony on 10 June 2016, on the school compound to officially bring to completion a Climate Change Resilience and Flood Mitigation Initiative at the school.
This project was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Project (ICCAS), which is being funded by German Government through the UNDP Community Climate Change Adaptation Fund (CCCAF). This project will now successfully allow the school to maintain a sustainable drainage system to effectively dispense water from around the school compound.
Bishop’s College is located in an area of high vulnerability and it poses a risk to disaster management and public health. Over the years the school has been severely affected by the persistent and debilitating problem of flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. The occurrence of these flooding incidents impacted the ability of the school to function, due to multiple closures. The issue was further compounded by contamination of the school’s sole water supply by flood water seepage.
This flood mitigation initiative will increase the schools ability to significantly reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to health and property. The project is an example of community climate change adaptation where the drain was constructed to create a safer environment for learning and less time will now be spent on disaster management. The construction of a 284 foot drainage system has enhanced the school and the surrounding community and will increase the schools resilience to the effects of climate change.
The ICCAS project is part of the International Climate Change Initiative funded by the German Government to assist Grenada to adapt to climate change and is executed through the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and the Environment.
Ministry of Agriculture