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UB establishes climate change center

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The University of The Bahamas (UB) yesterday established its Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CCARR) Centre, in an effort to offer more research “about the human dimensions of climate change”.

“Research on climate change has long been dominated by institutions in industrialized countries, with far less research coming from the countries that are already experiencing climate change impacts,” said Assistant Professor Dr. Adelle Thomas.

“This has resulted in a research gap, with fewer climate change studies focused on small islands as compared to other places in the world.

“The CCARR Centre responds to this gap by creating a space for much-needed research on the challenges facing small islands as it relates to climate change.”

Thomas added that the center will focus on research about the human dimensions of climate change from a small island developing state perspective.

The center will focus on three pillars – research, policy engagement and education and outreach.

“The CCARR Centre will also be supported by the research graduate program at the University of The Bahamas, which it is planning to initiate during the spring 2020 semester,” said Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Vikenswaran Nair.

“This graduate program will be focused on critical research that is required for national development and supporting the global agenda.

“Climate adaption and resilience is certainly one of the focus areas under the wider umbrella of sustainability.”

He added that the center will also work closely with all of the other institutes, research centers and faculties at the university.

These include the Government and Public Policy Institute, the G.T.R. Campbell Small Island Sustainability Research Complex, the Gerace Research Institute in San Salvador, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Liberal and Fine Arts, Social and Educational Studies, Business and Hospitality and Tourism Studies.

Thomas said that the development of the CCARR will take a phased approach.

“These initial months will be focused on setup and planning, securing funding and developing partnerships,” she said.

“We very much look forward to collaborating with national, regional and international partners as we develop this hub for research, policy support, education and outreach on climate change.”

After reaching out to universities and organizations across the globe, Nair said the interest received was striking, as quite a number of them have expressed keen support in developing capacity, infrastructure and funding.

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