J-CCCP Commissions Climate Change Knowledge Attitudes and Practices Reports in Eight Caribbean CountriesApr 14, 2017
In early 2017, the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership successfully completed Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) studies in Belize, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Surveys provide quantitative and qualitative information on specified social and individual behaviour. The surveys indicate misconceptions, gaps in information or understanding and other obstacles which present a barrier to behaviour change.
The project is planning to roll out communications campaigns on the benefits of mitigation, adaption and disaster risk management interventions for sustainable cities in town and communities be developed. As such, these studies provide an evidence-based platform for campaign development.
Campaigns for each country have been based on this in-depth research into behaviour which relate to climate change. The results help target communication campaigns in order to encourage the development of desired behaviours.
The results indicated that much of the Caribbean population is familiar with the term climate change and can adequately define and describe causes and consequences. Across the board, attitudes and behaviours require adjustment, to various degrees.
Links to the KAP reports are provided above for reference.