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INDC Preparation Webinar for Least Developed Countries

CDKN and Ricardo-AEA presents a public webinar for Least Developed Countries on ‘How to prepare your Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)’. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 14:00-15:00 UK time (GMT+1). To join the webinar, register now. The UNFCCC has invited all Parties to communicate to the secretariat their INDCs “well in advance of COP … Continue reading

Scientists Map Caribbean Seafloor as Part of 12-Year Project

U.S. scientists on Tuesday completed a nearly two-week mission to explore waters around the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a 12-year project to map the Caribbean seafloor and help protect its reefs. A team with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied an area of 270 square miles (700 square kilometers), using equipment including … Continue reading

Climate Education Week Nears – 18th – 25th April, 2015

The Climate Education Week Toolkit is now available! It is a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with everything you need raise awareness and boost knowledge about climate change. The Toolkit includes a week’s worth of lesson plans, activities, and contests for K-12 students that meet Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core (a curriculum in the United States). Each day covers a different theme related to climate change with two highlighted activities handpicked by Earth Day Network for your use.

This cross-disciplinary resource has a range of activities from an energy conservation action plan to reading and discussing Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, with the goal being to educate and engage your students on climate change.

As we prepare to celebrate Climate Education Week, we invite you to also peruse the 1.5˚C Stay Alive – An Education Initiative, which was specifically developed for the Caribbean. The four unit curriculum (The Warming Climate, Sea Level Rise, Pine Forest and Social Impacts of Global Warming), includes classroom face to face interaction, field trips, workbooks and varied assessments, has a total of 46 wide-ranging lessons with supporting resources and several videos.

The 1.5 Stay Alive Curriculum Units

Credit: Climate Education Week

Caribbean and International Water and Funding Agencies Meet on a New Caribbean Climate-Proofing Water Investment Initiative

Over thirty (30) representatives from key regional and international water and finance institutions will meet in Barbados on April 9th and 10th, 2015 to help steer a new Caribbean Climate-Proofing Water Investment initiative spearheaded by the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) under its Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) executed in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).

The two-day Consultation will provide the stakeholders with a thorough overview of the new initiative which includes the development of a Regional Caribbean Climate Resilience and Water Security Investment Plan (CReWSIP). This plan is aimed at providing a coordinated and programmatic approach to identifying, prioritising and sourcing finance for the work of regional agencies in enhancing the climate resilience of the Caribbean water sector.

The upcoming Stakeholder Consultation is a crucial step in the process to ensure that the CReWSIP responds to regional needs and will help regional institutions deliver their respective roles and mandates as they relate to water security. It provides the opportunity for regional institutions to elaborate on how the Investment Plan can support their work and to guide the process in the right direction. Additionally, it will allow development partners to define how CReWSIP could be used as a vehicle to channel resources into regional water security issues.

According to Dr. Natalie Boodram, Programme Manager of the GWP-C WACDEP, “Collaboration and coordination between regional stakeholders is essential for the Caribbean Climate Resilience and Water Security Investment Plan to deliver benefits on the ground.”

The Caribbean Climate-Proofing Water Investment Initiative is being funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and while GWP-C and the CCCCC are coordinating the development of the CCReWSIP, the resulting programmes and projects are anticipated to be implemented through regional institutions, with the support of development partners.

Some of the organisations that will be represented at the upcoming Meeting in Barbados include: the GWP-C, the CCCCC, the CDKN, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the European Union (EU), the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), the Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA), the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and other agencies.Download media release here.

Credit: Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C)

Vacancy – CCRIF, Risk Management Specialist

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) SPC invites eligible consulting firms and highly qualified individuals to express interest in providing Risk Management services. The principal responsibilities of the Risk Management Specialist (RMS) include actuarial assessment and risk management, financial planning, catastrophe risk modelling, hazard event monitoring and reporting, interacting with participating governments and fostering strategic partnerships, and coordinating reinsurance placements. The RMS is a contractor position.

The full profile for this consultancy is available at: http://www.ccrif.org/content/job-posting

Expressions of Interest must be submitted no later than April 24, 2015.

Please send expressions of interest to: rms@ccrif.org.

For more information, potential candidates may contact jobs@ccrif.org.

Planning for Climate Change Conference Series

Following the success of the Inaugural ‘Planning for Climate Change’ Conference in December 2014, on two Conferences entitled ‘Planning for Climate Change’are being planned. The first will be held on the 25th of June this year at the University of London, and the second will be held on the 28th of October 2015 in Dublin at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce  Details can be … Continue reading

New High Resolution Projections Predict Coral Reef Bleaching in the Caribbean

As the climate changes and temperatures warm, corals are becoming more susceptible to bleaching. Now, researchers have looked at bleaching in detail and have discovered when and where bleaching will occur in the coming years. “Our new local-scale projects will help resource managers better understand and plan for the effects of coral bleaching,” said Ruben … Continue reading

UNU-EHS and UPEACE Online Course on Climate Change, International Law and Human Security

The University for Peace (UPEACE) and UNU-EHS are pleased to invite applications for a new certificate online training course on the topic of “Climate Change, International Law and Human Security”. This six weeks online course will be co-taught by experts from both institutions and will take place from April 8th to May 19th, 2015.

The course is intended for staff members of the United Nations and its agencies; staff members of other inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, and government agencies; academics; practitioners; and students, who are working or researching in fields related to climate change and environmental, human rights, international law, development, and migration, amongst others. UPEACE and UNU-EHS aim to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.

The course has a limited number of seats available. Qualified participants will be admitted on the combined basis of first-come-first served, gender equality and regional representation.

To apply, please click here.

Credit: UNU-EHS

More Than Scientists – a new video campaign

A new project—More Than Scientists was launched March 15. It brings together climate scientists, advocacy organizations and the public in an innovative campaign that offers a unique glimpse into the real life stories, personal views and feelings of the experts on climate change. From leading universities such as MIT, University of Washington and Harvard, climate experts … Continue reading

BVI Is First To Launch Financing Framework For Climate Change Issues

  The Virgin Islands became the first Caribbean Territory and a leader amongst small island states globally in establishing the policy and financing framework needed to address the causes and impacts of climate change. This milestone was achieved with the passage of the Climate Change Trust Fund Act 2015 in the House of Assembly Tuesday … Continue reading


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