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3rd Climate Change in the Caribbean Conference



3rd Climate Change in the Caribbean Conference  

Promoting Climate Justice and Climate Resiliency in USVI & Puerto Rico 


April 19-20, 2022 

Virtual Edition 

April 19: 8:30 am – 4:45 pm AST/ET 

April 20: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm AST/ET 





Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and The Nature Conservancy, the 3rd Climate Change in the Caribbean Conference: Promoting Climate Resilience in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, is a FREE two-day virtual conference that will take place on April 19-20, 2022. 



Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have unique historical, geographic, ecological, social, and cultural dynamics. They face climate challenges that require science-based, locally-driven, culturally-informed solutions. This conference will gather leaders in government, business, society, and nonprofits to share insights, support, experiences, and solutions to the immediate and urgent challenges posed to island communities by climate change. Speakers will address the shared priorities to save lives, protect economies and the environment, and sustain livable communities, as well as measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build back better in a more sustainable, healthy, equitable and resilient way. 


Event Registration Link  

Here’s the link to the registration form “3rd Caribbean Climate Change Conference: Promoting Climate Resilience in PR & USVI”: 



 Day 1 

Time  Session/Topic 
8:30 – 9:00 am 


Welcome and greetings from conference sponsors and hosts (EPA, USDA, NOAA, USGS, DOI). 
9:00 – 10:00 am   


Plenary 1: Panel on Global Perspective on Climate Change  


10:00 – 10:45 am  Plenary 2: Climate Change Impacts in U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico 


10:45 -11:00 am  BREAK 
11:00 am -12:00 pm 


Plenary 3: Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives and Opportunities 


12:00 – 1:00 pm  LUNCH 
1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Session I 


(Simultaneous panels) 

Rising Sea Level and Coastal Management/Planning 


Social Vulnerability and Public Health 


Terrestrial Resources – Ecology 


Food Security (agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture)  


2:00 – 3:00 pm 

Session II 



(Simultaneous panels) 

Risk management: Natural and environmental disasters 


Sustainable and Regenerative Tourism  


Coastal and Marine Ecology 


Working Lands 


3:00 – 3:15 pm  BREAK 
3:15 – 4:30 pm  


Plenary 4: Equity & Environmental Justice  


 4:30 – 4:45 pm  Closing Remarks Day 1 


 Day 2 

Time  Session/Topic 
9:00 – 9:30 am  Welcome and greetings from USVI & PR Governments, Communities, NGO, Academia. 
9:30 – 10:30 am   


Plenary 5: Climate Change Mitigation – Strategies for Reducing GHG Emissions (centric to meeting territories clean energy policies linked with hurricane-related recovery work in the energy sector) 
10:30 – 10:45 am  BREAK 
10:45 am -12:00 pm  Plenary 6: Responding to Disasters by Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Communities 


12:00 – 1:00 pm  LUNCH 
1:00 – 2:00 pm  

Session III 


(Simultaneous panels) 

Planned Coastal Retreat – Social Impacts 


Water Resources   


Philanthropy Funding 
Disaster Recovery: Building Back Better   
2:00 – 3:00 pm 

Session IV 




(Simultaneous panels) 

Implementing Sustainable Development Goals in U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico 


Equity, Environmental and Social Justice   


Coastal & Marine Resources – Challenges and Opportunities 


Federal Opportunities Supporting Climate Resiliency and Sustainable Development in Communities and Local Governments 
3:00 – 3:15 pm  BREAK 
3:15 – 4:15 pm  


Plenary 7: Sustainable Development Goals 


4:15 – 4:45 pm   Plenary 8: Insular Area Climate Change Bill 


4:45 pm – 5:30 pm  Final Closing Remarks