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The UK to launch Caribbean infrastructure partnership

Source: livemint

Source: livemint

 The English speaking Caribbean is set to benefit from 300 million pounds in grant funding to support infrastructure development.

British Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement in a joint sitting of Jamaica’s parliament on September 30, 2015.

“I’m launching a new UK, Caribbean infrastructure partnership to build real tangible things that will make a difference for people across the Caribbean. Roads, bridges, ports, critical economic infrastructure that will set the foundations for growth and prosperity and in turn reduce poverty while helping the region to become more resilient to the risks of Climate Change. Just think about what this could deliver, hundreds of kilometer of roads to link up vital markets. Bridges to unite remote communities. New energy projects to power growth and vital defenses to protect coastal communities. Let me be clear £300 million is not soft loads, not tide aid. It is cash grants.”

Cameron says Caribbean leaders will decide how to spend the funds. He also announced an additional 60 million pounds in financing.

“Today I can also announce 30 million pounds for new programs to help attract investments and improve governance and 30 million pounds to help make your hospital more resilient to natural disasters. We need to make sure that if a hurricane strikes, crucial health centers can remain operational to treat the wounded and together this represents a quadrupling of Britain support. It will make us the largest donor to the region. It will create jobs and save lives and you can take it literally as a concrete statement of my commitment to the Caribbean.”

The British Prime Minister adds he hopes the Caribbean will make use of US 9 billion in climate adaptation financing that the UK will provide over the next five years.

“We hope this money can help unlock the global climate deal and giving the vulnerability of small island state that face the risk of devastation from climate change, a fair proportion should be sent, I hope will be spent right here supporting some of the UK’s oldest friends to prepare and provide for the future. When I met Caribbean leaders just a few days ago at the United Nations General Assembly. They made it clear to me directly, just how vital the climate deal is to them. So I pledge to work in partnership with them and other like minded states to secure a bold and ambitious deal in Paris later this year.”

Cameron also revealed that the UK will spend £25 million on building a prison in Jamaica so that foreign criminals in the UK can be sent home to serve sentences in the Caribbean.

More than 600 Jamaican nationals are in UK jails but cannot be deported because of Jamaica’s poor prison conditions.

Officials say the foreign aid-funded deal could save taxpayers £10m a year when transfers begin in 2020.

Credit: The Daily Observer

Barbados Submits its Climate Action Plan Ahead of 2015 Paris Agreement

Barbados submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) comes well in advance of a new universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in Paris, in December this year. This INDC and all others submitted by … Continue reading

Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool holds Training and Roll-Out

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, the Ministry of the Environment and Housing in The Bahamas, and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) partnered last month for another in a series of country-specific roll-outs for the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (C-CORAL) in The Bahamas. “C-CORAL is an online support system for climate resilient … Continue reading

Watch the historic launch of SIDS-DOCK

Tune in today at 11am for the official launch of SIDS-DOCK, the first global intergovernmental organisation of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  Today’s historic ceremony will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in Conference Room 4 (North Lawn Building). Watch the Webcast Live on UN TV or via the SIDS-DOCK site.

Have you read the The SIDS-DOCK Digest? Here’s an excerpt.

SIDS DOCK Institutional Mechanism
  • SIDS DOCK is a SIDS–SIDS institutional mechanism established in 2009 to facilitate the development of a sustainable energy economy within the small island developing states. SIDS DOCK serves as a “docking station” to increase SIDS access to international financing, technical expertise and technology, as well as a link to the multi-billion dollar European and US carbon markets.
  • The goals of SIDS DOCK are to mobilize in excess of USD 10-20 Billion, by 2033, to help finance the transformation of the SIDS Energy Sector to achieve a 25 percent (2005 baseline) increase in energy efficiency, generation of a minimum of 50 percent of electric power from renewable sources, and a 25 percent decrease in conventional transportation fuel use, in order to enable climate change adaptation in SIDS.
  • SIDS DOCK Mission is to catalyze the transformation of the energy sector of SIDS to increase energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and generate resources for investment in adaptation to climate. Some SIDS governments have announced more ambitious goals for the reduction of fossil fuel use in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By providing SIDS with a dedicated and flexible mechanism to pursue sustainable energy, SIDS DOCK will make it easier for SIDS Development Partners to invest across multiple island States, and to more frequently reach investment scale that can be of interest to commercial global financing.
SIDS DOCK Functions
  • SIDS DOCK has four principal functions:
  1. A mechanism to help SIDS develop low carbon economies that generate the financial resources to invest in climate change adaptation
  2. Assist SIDS transition to a sustainable energy sector, by increasing energy efficiency and conservation, and development of renewable energy;
  3. Providing a vehicle for mobilizing financial and technical resources to catalyse clean economic growth;
  4. Provide SIDS with a mechanism for connecting with the global carbon market (“DOCKing”) and taking advantage of the resource transfer possibilities that will be afforded.
  • In December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico, SIDS DOCK received a one-year grant of USD14.5 million in start-up contributions from the Government of Denmark, followed a grant of USD 15 million over two years (2012-2014) from the Government of Japan in December 2011, in Durban, South Africa.


Turning data into decisions for environmental protection

People have the power to improve our ocean resources. Understanding the current health of these resources and the needs of those who use them is the first step toward making decisions that protect them for the future.  Last week in St. Kitts and Nevis, marine biologists, fisheries officers, scientists and natural resource managers from the … Continue reading

Suriname’s fisherfolk agree to form national fisherfolk association to partner with decision-makers

Fisherfolk leaders from five fishing communities in Suriname agreed to form a national fisherfolk association within the next year to strengthen their voices in fisheries governance.  The national fisherfolk association would seek to engage with the Fisheries Department and other key stakeholders in the development and implementation of fisheries and related policies, legislation and Draft … Continue reading

Caribbean Nations Are Preparing For Paris Climate Talks

Negotiators and ministers with responsibility for climate change have ended their meeting in Saint Lucia determined to make their demands heard in Paris. Saint Lucia is responsible for climate change issues at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) level, and the island is bringing together climate change negotiators from the member states to cement its plan for addressing … Continue reading

Climate Change, the Pope and the Caribbean

In a little over a month’s time negotiators from around the world will gather in Paris to try to reach a final and globally binding agreement on a new treaty on climate change.  It is no exaggeration to say that achieving this is of existential importance to the Caribbean.

The meeting, from November 30 to December 11, will be the largest since 2009 when a similar attempt in Copenhagen failed, only to be followed by recriminations between the developed world, advanced developing nations, and those countries most at risk, over who was to blame.

Since then the process has moved on and the positions of many nations, most notably the United States and China, have become closer. One general reason for this is that the two countries among many others have since the Copenhagen summit agreed to regulations, policies or laws that now enable them to make specific pledges on how they are going to cut greenhouse gas emissions, rather than the non-specific approach taken in 2009.

Despite this, agreement in Paris is not assured. There remain many difficulties over the draft text, with participants in the most recent negotiations in Berlin expressing concern about the slow and convoluted process, given that the meeting in Paris is just under two months away.

More significantly there remain hard to reconcile issues relating to long-term finance, and how to differentiate obligations.

Although developed nations have affirmed their commitment to providing annually up to 2020 US$100 billion for climate change financing, the details will only be revealed at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in early October, and the post 2020 level of commitments have yet to be agreed.

Differentiation of obligations between developed and developing nations also remains unresolved. While Europe and the US want an approach that would see all national commitments converge, China and India are arguing for an alternative differentiated approach.

Other issues still to be addressed include uncertainty about the criteria that will be applied for at-risk nations like those in the Caribbean and Pacific when it comes to climate-related loss and damage; a matter that was highlighted by the recent damage caused to Dominica by tropical storm Erika. There is also disagreement over ending the use of fossil fuels such as coal by 2050, a measure opposed by China, India and others.

More worryingly still, reports suggest that when all of the national pledges have been submitted, the cut in global emissions may be around 3°C; not enough to meet the projected global target of 2°C, let alone the 1.5°C or lower that the Caribbean is hoping for.

Climate change has become an issue like no other. Despite the continuing sometimes angry debate about whether global warming is man-made or cyclical, it has also become a much broader moral issue related to inequity, development and the role of capital in a globalised economy.

In this context it is striking that in the last few days how, in different ways, this aspect of climate change has been highlighted by both President Obama and President Castro using language driven by the common presence in their nations of a visitor able to speak from the standpoint of morality. In both nations Pope Francis was able to demonstrate though his words and writing that social justice and equity require a compatible moral response from the world, when it comes to climate change.

“I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution”, Pope Francis told President Obama at the White House.  “It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our ‘common home’, we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change,” he said quoting his recent Papal encyclical, Laudato Si.

He also told the US Congress: “Now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a culture of care and an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”

It is an approach summed up in recently comments made by the Indian President, Narendra Modi, when he called for a change in language from “climate change to climate justice,” because of its disproportionate affect on the poor.

As this column has previously observed, climate change is an issue on which the Caribbean has every reason to have its voice heard and be taken very seriously.

The science apart, for most citizens the circumstantial evidence is powerful. A severe drought is affecting most of the region, nations are introducing water rationing, there is the likelihood of crop failures in Haiti, tropical storms and sea surges are becoming more intense, and other manifestations such as flooding, abnormally high temperatures, sargassum seaweed, and coral bleaching can be observed in every nation from the Bahamas southwards to Suriname and French Guiana.

Not only is 50 per cent of the region’s population and the majority of its productive enterprise and infrastructure within 1.2 miles of the sea, but its low lying nature and its fragile eco-systems demonstrate the danger of a change in sea level, making it voice central to influencing international opinion to its own and to the world’s advantage.

A little earlier this month Caribbean climate change negotiators, ministers and regional experts met for three days in St Lucia – the country has lead responsibility within CARICOM for climate change and sustainable development – to establish a single coherent position to take to Paris and to deploy in preparatory meetings. The meeting, organised in collaboration with the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), focussed on areas of convergence and divergence in the negotiations ahead of the meeting in Paris in December.

Let us hope that the voice of the Caribbean will be heard loudly in the coming months, and it is able with other small island states to convey the nature of the common threat.

Credit: Dominica Today

Sandals and Guy Harvey Team-up To “Save Our Seas”

Source: caribjournal

Source: caribjournal

The Sandals Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and CARIBSAVE (INSTASAVE Caribbean) have teamed up to launch an initiative called the Save Our Seas Program in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

The project will be implemented in the curricula of 40 schools across the region and will work on developing marine awareness and environmental stewardship.

“The people of the Caribbean have relied on the ocean for centuries but have never necessarily grasped the impact they have on its wellbeing,” said Sandals Foundation Director Heidi Clarke. “By teaching the next generation to understand how their actions affect the marine ecosystem and give them ownership of its wellbeing we can hopefully make a much needed change.”

Some of the program’s features will include marine awareness videos, posters, lesson plans, activity books, and competitions.

The lesson plans, which will be directed at students in grades 6-8, have been designed to promote interactive and engaging learning regarding topics such as “Coral Reefs and Protecting Our Oceans,” “Creatures of the Sea– Marine Mammals and Sharks,” “Sea Turtle and Coastal Ecosystems,” and “Climate Change.”

CARIBSAVE (INSTASAVE Caribbean) is a regional nonprofit organization whose mission strives to address sustainable development and issues of climate change.

Dr Guy Harvey, patron of the program, is a Jamaican marine wildlife artist and conservationist whose illustrations of sea life have been depicted in prints, posters, and clothing worldwide.

“Guy Harvey is an acclaimed conservationist and a true son of the Caribbean,” Clarke said. “Having him onboard with this program really injects a degree of creativity and innovation the children are sure to be attracted to and they’ll certainly be kept engaged throughout its entirety.”

Credit: The Daily Observer

Assessors of Full Applications [Technical Assessment Committee], Local Adaptation Measures (LAMs) Grant Scheme

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received financing from the German Development Bank (KfW), toward the cost of implementing the Coastal Protection for Climate Change Adaptation in the Small Island States in the Caribbean Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under this Contract for three (3) Individual Consultants for the above-referenced Consultancy. The overall objective of the consultancy is to assist the CCCCC in the selection of the best proposals received under our Call for Proposals Local Adaptation Measures Grant Scheme to achieve a high-quality, complete and coherent selection process of projects in line with the criteria set out in the Guidelines for Applicants.

Interested eligible applicants may obtain further information from the CCCCC’s Office from September 25, 2015 to October 20, 2015 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Complete Terms of Reference (ToR) along with its annexes are available in English and should be accessed below:

Final ToR – Assessors of full application


Updated resumes should be emailed to the Project Manager referenced “Assessors of Full Applications [Technical Assessment Committee], Local Adaptation Measures (LAMs) Grant Scheme” no later than 2:00 pm on Tuesday October 20, 2015 to the address listed below: 

Project Manager
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
Attn: Ms. Dorett Tennyson, Procurement and Administrative Officer
Lawrence Nicholas Building
Ring Road
Belmopan, Belize
Tel: 501-822-1094, 822-1104
Fax: 501-822-1365
Email: dtennyson@caribbeanclimate.bz

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