Overseas countries and territories (OCTs) of the EU

The workshop was held from 27 to 28 January 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

Participating countries and territories

  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Curaçao
  • French Polynesia
  • Greenland
  • St Eustatius
  • St Helena
  • St Maarten

Workshop agenda

Day 1 – Friday, 27 January 2012

Morning (8:45 -12:45)

Welcoming of participants, introductory speeches  incl. GCCA presentation (EN - FR)

Roundtable – Brief introduction of participants

Workshop objectives (EN - FR) and agenda

Module 1: Understanding climate change–development linkages

Module 1 presentation (EN - FR)

Group work: Climate change–development linkages + discussion

Module 2: Mainstreaming climate change and strengthening institutions and capacities

Module 2 presentation (EN - FR)

Afternoon (13:45 – 17:30)

Discussion of Module 2

 Module 3: Understanding the basics of climate change science

Module 3 presentation (EN - FR)

Discussion of Module 3

Module 4: Understanding and planning under uncertainty

Module 4 presentation (EN - FR)

Discussion of Module 4

Module 5: Raising awareness and building partnerships

Module 5 presentation (EN - FR)

Discussion of Module 5

Day 2 – Saturday, 28 January 2012

Morning (8:45 – 12:45)

Module 6: Mainstreaming climate change in national and sector policies, strategies & programmes

Group work: Climate change mainstreaming in a national development strategy

Module 6 presentation (EN - FR

Module 7: Costing, assessing and selecting adaptation and mitigation options and measures

Module 7 presentation (EN - FR)

Discussion of Module 7

Afternoon (13:45 – 17:00)

Module 8: Mainstreaming climate change in the budgetary process

Module 8 presentation (EN - FR)

Discussion of Module 8

Module 9: Mainstreaming climate change in monitoring systems

Module 9 presentation (EN - FR

Discussion of Module 9

Final roundtable and concluding words

Click here for access to (standard) handouts.

16 people (from the above participating countries and EuropeAid) attended the workshop, which was organised in the wake of the 2012 OCT-EU Forum meeting held in Brussels from 24 to 26 January 2012. Participants had a range of backgrounds; they included a Minister of Environment (from French Polynesia), a Member of Parliament (from St Helena) and senior officials involved in a wide range of activities in OCT governments as well as OCT representative offices in the EU.

The delivery of a very intensive workshop over two days only was quite challenging but, based on participants’ feedback, successful. The workshop covered the same themes and modules as the typical GCCA regional workshops, with a specific focus on the (very diverse) situations encountered in OCTs. The wide geographical range of represented countries and territories was a specific feature of this workshop, and led to interesting discussions. Although some impacts of climate change can be significantly different between Greenland and small island countries in the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Atlantic ocean, participants found that they were also facing many similar challenges, and shared experience on how they were responding with the limited resources typically available for countries and territories with small populations.