Climate changes and health are inextricably linked. Climate conditions affect human well-being both directly, through the physical effects of climatic extremes, and, indirectly through influences on the levels of pollution in the air, on the agriculture, marine and freshwater systems that provide food and water and on the vectors that cause infectious diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Kala Azar and Filaria.
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New initiatives in agroforestry are seeking to integrate indigenous trees whose products have traditionally been gathered from natural forests into tropical farming systems, such as cocoa farms. This is being done in order to provide marketable timber and non-timber forest products from farms that will enhance rural livelihoods by generating cash for resource-poor rural and peri-urban households. There are many potential candidate species for domestication that have commercial potential in local, regional or even international markets.
A review of the economics of climate change in the Caribbean will be the subject of a study to be undertaken by ECLAC Sub-regional Headquarters for the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago (ECLAC-POS) and funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).