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The Department of the Navy Hosts Climate Tabletop Exercise with Caribbean Partners

25 June 2024

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Department of the Navy (DON) is hosting Climate Action III, the third in a series of table top exercises (TTX) the DON has held during the last three years that validates and exercises Climate Action 2030, the DON’s climate strategy. The TTX, which will take place June 25-26 with Caribbean nations, and key stakeholders and partners, to identify areas of collaboration to increase climate resilience. 

The DON convened Caribbean partners, non-governmental organizations, Department of Defense, and federal agencies, to contribute their expertise to develop actions and strengthen partnerships between U.S. and Caribbean partner nations.

“The impacts of climate change, from increasing temperatures and droughts, to changing precipitation patterns and sea level rise, are impacting our forces, our communities, and economies,” said Meredith Berger, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment and the Department of the Navy’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “Island and coastal nations like our Caribbean neighbors are on the front lines of this challenge, and we know that when we work together, we do better. We have a lot to learn from each other, and even more to gain from working together to build our shared climate resilience and enhance our collective security.”

Over the past year, senior leaders from the Department of the Navy have convened several engagements with Caribbean leaders and technical experts, discussing the practical challenges and opportunities for collaboration in building climate resilience. The broader U.S. government has similarly expanded its climate action in the Caribbean, including the launch of the U.S. Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis (PACC). Launched by Vice President Harris during the Summit of the Americas in June 2022, PACC 2030’s objectives are based on 4 pillars: 1) Improving Access to Development Financing, 2) Facilitating Clean Energy Project Development and Investment, 3) Food Security and Enhancing Local Capacity for Climate Adaptation and Resilience, and 4) Deepening Collaboration with Caribbean Partners. Learn more about the work we are supporting under each pillar.

This tabletop exercise is the third in a series the Department of Navy has led in as many years focused on climate impacts. This year, it brings together Caribbean experts with U.S. agencies such as USAID, the Department of State, NOAA, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense, to explore practical climate resilience solutions across three key areas: Community Health and Safety, Infrastructure Resilience (to include energy, water, built and natural infrastructure), and Climate Research, Data, and Planning Tools.

The event will simulate an 18-month period characterized by weather events intensified by climate change, spanning two consecutive hurricane seasons. Scenarios will include unusually dry conditions leading to wildfires, high temperatures straining power grids and crop production, multiple hurricanes making landfall in quick succession, significant damage to critical infrastructure, and flooding and landslides causing extensive damage to power, telecommunications, transportation, airport, and seaport facilities, as well as communicable disease outbreaks post-hurricanes.

The scenario will allow for participants to combine geographic and functional expertise to identify specific opportunities where Caribbean nations and the U.S. can partner to build climate resilience and focus on preparedness ahead of a disaster.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps is focused on increasing climate resilience, reducing the climate threat, and remaining the world’s dominant maritime force. The Navy and Marine Corps will consider climate impacts, risks, and opportunities in all relevant guidance and decision-making processes to improve effectiveness, efficiency and resilience.

The Department’s Climate Action 2030 strategy document is available for download here

 

 

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