The Caribbean Climate Hub (CCH) is located in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and is one of ten Regional Hubs nationwide. This network of Climate Hubs works with the USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners that will help them to adapt to climate change and weather variability by coordinating with local and regional partners in federal and state agencies, universities, and the public.
The CCH provides:
- Technical support for agricultural land and forest managers to respond to drought, heat stress, floods, pests, and changes in the growing season in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Outreach and education farmers, ranchers, forest managers and advisers on ways to build resilience to extreme weather events and thrive despite change.
Information generated and delivered by the CCH can positively impact food security the sustainability of forestry and agriculture for not only the U.S. Caribbean, but also for the 42 million people that live in the Greater Caribbean region, as well as areas such as the Florida Peninsula and the Pacific Islands, which share subtropical and tropical, oceanic and coastal dominated weather, climate and ecological systems.
The mission of the CCH is to help society sustain and improve the viability of forestry and agricultural production, the availability and quality of soil and water resources, the viability and quality of rural lifestyles, and food security in light of climate variability and change.
The goal of the CCH is to develop and deliver information related to climate, agriculture, and forestry for better planning and implementation of actions related to the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change in tropical working lands.
The vision of the CCH is that agencies, organizations, producers, managers, and decision-makers work collaboratively to promote sustainable and best management practices that ensure food, water, and other vital resources are available in the US Caribbean by sustaining and strengthening the services provided by natural land and seascapes, working lands and rural communities in the face of changing climate.