One of those areas in the country that continues to be affected by climate change is Monkey River Village, in Toledo. The village has been seeing its land getting washed away by the sea since the early nineties, and it has gotten progressively worse. Only fifty-two families inhabit this patch of land, however, it is predicted that they may have to relocate entirely since. The CCCCC’s International and Regional Liaison Officer, Ambassador, Carlos Fuller, says they are looking at projects that are geared at salvaging this land that the sea has been slowly washing away for the past two decades.
Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer, 5 C’s: “Communities like Monkey River it’s not a matter of decades indeed for them it’s now and it’s tomorrow so that’s certainly an area that we need to address and so I know there are projects that are now being looked at as to what is the best remedy to address the issue of Monkey River and that’s one of the issues we have to look at. We don’t want to do one adaptation so for example putting up a seawall suddenly and then it affects somebody else you know in Placencia or somewhere else because of what occurs there so we really have to ensure that whatever measures we take are appropriate. But similarly we need to provide for those people who are now being affected by it with recourse to other ways of making their living because that to me is the most important thing. As you know Monkey River was a town back up to the 1960s because it had so many people but obviously people have migrated out of the community, the community has dwindled significantly as people younger people look for other opportunities and we don’t want that community to lose that sense that they belong together or else the community will disintegrate so we need to find a way of getting them the resources, the capacity, the alternative livelihoods so that they can survive and how they would use the existing resources that they have and promote that much more.”