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Dominica

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Dominica.

Country Context

The Commonwealth of Dominica (Dominica) is situated between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Dominica is a volcanic island with a series of complex mountain ranges, characterized by very rugged and steep terrain and volcanic peaks and cones of lava craters. The government has made strides in protecting the country’s spectacular biodiversity via an extensive natural park system and eco-tourism has recently become a mainstay of the economy. The agricultural sector accounts for about 17 per cent of gross domestic product and 14 per cent of employment, with crop production led by bananas. Due to its rugged inland topography, 90% of Dominica’s residents are located near the shore, as is most of the island's infrastructure, alluding to significant vulnerability to sea level rise, as well as flooding as Atlantic storms and hurricanes become stronger as a result of climate change.

The Environmental Coordinating Unit (ECU) is a unit established by a Cabinet Decision in 1999, to coordinate all environmental activities in Dominica. The overall function of the ECU is to bring about more focused environmental management approaches to the solving of Dominica’s environment problems, advise government of the development of more coherent environmental policies and enhance Dominica’s compliance with international treaties and conventions to which it is signatory. It also serves as the focal point for Multilateral Environmental Agreements to which Dominica is a party. Dominica ratified the Paris Agreement on September 21, 2016 and the associated Nationally Determined Contribution can be found here

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Climate Data

Historical Trends

The section provides access to historical climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation from 1900 to 2016.

Projected Trends

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

Climate by Sector

This section contains information from multiple climate indicators and indices relevant for key economic sectors. Simple narratives can help you interpret and extract summaries of potential climate change impacts at the sector level.

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Vulnerability

This section allows you to explore the susceptibility of livelihoods and natural systems to impacts from climate variability and change and facilitate the exploration of socioeconomic and development data and its relationships with natural hazards vulnerable areas.

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Impacts

This section allows you to explore the climate information from multiple climate indicators and present them with simple, embedded interpretation for an informative, high-level summary of the potential for future climate change impacts on key socioeconomic sectors.

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Adaptation

This section helps you grasp key national adaptation policies and reports, explore options for key sectors, and understand current adaptation gaps and needs for enhanced climate smart planning.

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