OECS conducts first ever KAP study on climate Change

The Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) is conducting a survey to assess the sub-region’s knowledge of climate change and its related issues.

The survey will also measure whether citizens of the OECS care about climate change and what personal changes, if any, they are making to reduce the predicted impacts of climate change.

It will also seek to find out the media consumption patterns of the people of the region in order to determine where, how and from whom they obtain climate change information and what their media preferences for such information are.

This is the first study of its kind to be done by the OECS Secretariat with an estimated 500 persons targeted in each of the six independent Member States.

The consulting firm Kairi Consultants Ltd. has been contracted to do the survey and they have already begun gathering data in St. Lucia.

Data collection will also take place in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The results of the survey will be used to guide future public awareness programs on climate change issues in the OECS and for developing and strengthening climate change adaptation policies and activities.

The information gathered will also provide the OECS with baseline knowledge that will be used to facilitate behaviour change among local populations most vulnerable to the predicted impacts of climate change.

The final report of the survey is due to be completed in September 2012.

It will present an analysis of respondents’ knowledge, attitudes and practices related to climate change.©

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