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Put your money where your footprint is!

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

The 2014 Annual Report- Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally

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
  • Regional Highlights
  • CCAFS People
  • Funding and strategic partners

Download the Report here.

Credit: Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security

Species like parrotfish help protect the reef

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

Vacancy- Project Manager, Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (CCP)

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.

BVI Supports Regional Efforts On Climate Change

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 future of the Caribbean

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.

Credit: Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing

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)

Some coral reefs are proving tough to climate change

Copyright: Flickr/David Burdick/NOOA

Coral reefs around the world are adapting to climate change, according to the latest data from a study by the France-based Institute for Development Research (IRD).

The 15-year international study, which was first published in PLOS One in October 2014 and was recently released publicly (27 April), noted that certain species of coral reefs are evolving and even thriving in warmer coastal waters.

Working with partners around the world (researchers from Australia, France, Taiwan and the United States), the IRD team observed and collected data from seven coral reefs in the Caribbean, the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. They discovered that certain species of corals were resistant to temperature rises while some were more likely to vanish from the ecology of these regions.

“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.
He says the species that will probably survive into the next decades are those characterised by a thermal tolerance and life history traits adapted for longevity.

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.
Bates explains that there is often a direct relationship between the number of species present in a system and the number of different functional roles these species play. The most species-rich communities are those that provide the greatest diversity of functions such as oxygen production.
But while coral reefs may not disappear, coral species richness may decline, which will have important ecological and conservation implications.Bates notes conservation efforts will be shaped by considering how to maximise the different functions of heat-tolerant species and protect their habitat such as upwelling regions, which offer relatively cooler environments as conservation areas.
Credit: SciDev.net

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