Caribbean Climate features an exclusive contribution by 24 year old Dizzanne Billy, who is an active executive member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, in which she reflects on the Caribbean’s carbon footprint and the importance of employing various forms of renewable energy in an effort to combat … Continue reading
In 2014, as the focus on climate-smart agriculture sharpened, CCAFS helped advance the concept and practice in farmers’ fields and in global initiatives, through close collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers.
The report consists of the following topics:
Impact through policies and partnerships
Enhancing capacity to deliver impact
Breakthrough science and innovation
Communications for development
Addressing gender and social inequality
Funding and strategic partners
Download the Report here.
While drifting along on a shallow ledge on Conch Reef, I spot a group of colorful parrot fish chomping away at algae and other growth on the coral. A bit farther I see a massive plume of white debris blast from the tail end of a large parrot fish. “What goes in must come out,” … Continue reading
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) wishes to engage a Project Manager with a strong background in climate change and project coordination, and who can quickly and effectively lead project implementation with relevant country and regional counterparts in the Caribbean.
|Location :||Bridgetown, BARBADOS|
|Application Deadline :||08-Jun-15|
|Additional Category||Crisis Prevention and Recovery|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year Renewable|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One Year Renewable|
For more information on the requirements for this post and how to apply, kindly view the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) website.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, joined Caribbean leaders in Martinique last week for a regional consultation with the President of France, Francois Hollande. The leaders met on May 9 to agree on a regional position on climate change ahead of the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties … Continue reading
The following is a presentation by Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean, held at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, on May 6, 2015. It is indeed a pleasure for me personally, as well as the Caricom Secretariat, to be associated with this “one of a … Continue reading
Recorded Webinar: ‘How to prepare your Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)’ for Least Developed Countries
Listen to the recorded webinar which details CDKN and Ricardo AEA’s ‘Guide to Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ for Least Developed Countries. LDCs have contributed less to current global emissions than other countries; so the burden of cutting emissions will rest with major economies. However to avoid dangerous levels of climate change, all countries will have to play a role, and the UN has indicated that LDC contributions towards a global agreement should “reflect their special circumstances”. There is currently no formal template available from the UNFCCC, and countries are using a range of different approaches.
Chris Dodwell and Kiran Sura go step by step through the INDC template and answer audience questions – accompanied by Emelia Holdaway. This accompanies the published document of the same name, which you will find on http://www.cdkn.org/indc. The Guide to INDCs is not an official publication of the UNFCCC, nor is it endorsed by the UNFCCC. However, it was developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders, including authors of existing INDC guidance, representatives from LDCs, and organisations working with CDKN to support INDC preparations. It draws from the INDCs which have already been submitted, and a range of referenced literature. The authors have also ensured that this template is consistent with existing guidance published by UNDP/GIZ and World Resources Institute.
By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The CDB is the premier regional financial institution, established in … Continue reading
WRI releases issue brief, Revaluing Ecosystems: Pathways for Scaling Up the Inclusion of Ecosystem Value in Decision Making
The World Research Institute (WRI) released the issue brief “Revaluing Ecosystems: Pathways for Scaling Up the Inclusion of Ecosystem Value in Decision Making“. The issue brief summarizes six critical ideas discussed at The Rockefeller Foundation center in Bellagio at a workshop on “The Future of Revaluing Ecosystems”. These six ideas were advanced over the last year by many of the meeting participants, experts at WRI, as well as several external experts.
The six topics explored in the brief are:
mainstreaming ecosystem values in national economic accounts;
building capacity for more pragmatic ecosystem assessments;
highlighting the benefits of investing in natural infrastructure;
investing in ecosystems to reduce risk in the food and beverage sector;
using financial tools (restoration bonds) to restore ecosystems in agricultural landscapes; and
using knowledge and communication tools to promote more resilient communities, particularly after disasters.
It is not specifically a marine and coastal publication, but you will find a solid blue streak throughout. Water runs through it!
The issue brief is at: http://www.wri.org/publication/revaluing-ecosystems
Read blog “Revaluing” Ecosystems to Include Nature’s Value on Balance Sheets about the brief.
Please download the publication, tweet, blog and share with your networks.
Let’s keep up the “Revaluing”.
Credit: World Research Institute (WRI)
“Many warm-tolerant corals have less complex body shapes and thus offer lower habitat complexity. These coral reefs will be used by fewer fish (and other) species.”Amanda Bates, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia“Due to the sedentary nature and narrow tolerance range for environmental conditions of corals, reef ecosystems are highly vulnerableto acute stressors, and may change rapidly in their structure and functioning. They are thus expected to be highly vulnerable to future climatic changes,” explains Mehdi Adjeroud, a co-author of the study and senior researcher at the IRD.
Species of the genus Porites are among these “winners”, Adjeroud says. In contrast, species of the genus Acropora will probably decline in many Pacific reefs, as already observed in the Caribbean.
Coral reefs are a key component for marine biodiversity, providing food and shelter for thousands of reef-dwelling organisms. They also provide coastal protection and serve the needs of 500 million people worldwide through economic, social and aesthetic goods and services.
With this discovery, scientists are able to focus on understanding the biology of heat-resistant coral reef species and to use this knowledge towards conservation of other dwindling species, Amanda Bates, a marine ecologist with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in the University of Tasmania, Australia, tells SciDev.Net.
Bates, who has been studying heat-resistant marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, suggests “pre-adapting” species to climate change. This means rearing warm-tolerant genotypes or moving species to warmer areas to allow the natural selection of the most tolerant genotypes and species.
“Many warm-tolerant corals have less complex body shapes and thus offer lower habitat complexity. These coral reefs will be used by fewer fish (and other) species,” she says.