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Launch of the first Caribbean Regional Energy Efficiency Pilot Financing Facility

 

“Belize to launch the Caribbean’s first Energy Efficiency Financing Facility under the Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD) Project”

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; October 17, 2017 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC/5Cs) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) are scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Agreement launching the first Caribbean Regional Energy Efficiency Pilot Financing Facility for investments in Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE). The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the CCCCC Training Room, Lawrence Nicholas Building, Ring Road, Belmopan, Belize.

The new EE Financing Facility was made possible with a grant of USD 200,000 under the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Environment Programme (GEF-UNEP) Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD) Project, with co-financing of USD 800,000 from the DFC. The pilot financing facility is intended to provide the foundation for the development of a self-sustaining financing window within the DFC to facilitate increased investments in EE and RE.  The work was jointly spearheaded by the DFC, the CCCCC/5Cs and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), with assistance from the GEF and UNEP, in developing innovative sustainable energy solutions that benefit the country and people of Belize.

It is recognized that globally, buildings account for over a third of total energy use and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; typically, 10 to 20 percent (depending on building type) of the total life‑cycle energy consumed is used for the manufacturing and assembly of building materials, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and demolition. Some 80 to 90 percent is used over the life of the building for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation, house appliances, etc. In Belize, for example, the buildings sector (commercial, domestic, and institutional) is the largest consumer of electricity and accounts for more than 90 percent of total electricity consumption. It is therefore, the largest source of GHG emission after the transportation sector.  The Project aims to achieve a minimum reduction of 20 percent in electricity use in the pilot activities that are to take place during 2014 – 2018.

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 MEDIA ADVISORY 

WHO:

  • Hon. Frank Mena, Minister of State, Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities
  • Dr. Kenrick Leslie, CBE, Executive Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
  • Ms. Natalie Goff, General Manager, Development Finance Corporation

WHAT:          OFFICIAL SIGNING CEREMONY: GEF-UNEP ESD PROJECT “BELIZE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PILOT FINANCING FACILITY”

 WHEN:          Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

 WHERE:   Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Lawrence Nicholas Building, Ring Road, Belmopan, Belize

BACKGROUND:

The Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD) Project represents the first regional project that is piloting energy efficiency improvements in the economy of member states in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Buildings are identified to be the major consumers of electricity across the region, as a result, the Project focuses on the building sector for improving the efficiency of energy use.

Peruse the official Background Note – Blended Grant Loan Finance Mechanism – ESD Project (2013)

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan.

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Grenada Showcases climate change adaptation at Regional Conference

This year, Trinidad is host to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre’s International Conference on Climate Change for the Caribbean between 9th to 12th October in Port of Spain. The conference is held under the theme “Integrating Climate Variability and Change Information into Adaptation and Mitigation Actions in the Caribbean Region” and Grenada is represented by a delegation to present its flagship adaption project: Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS).

The project was launched in 2013 as a partnership between the Grenadian and the German governments and is designed to provide a holistic approach to climate change adaptation in the State of Grenada. The overall aim of the ICCAS Program is to increase resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems to climate change risks. The project uses a comprehensive, integrated approach for analysing and implementing adaptation strategies. This model, it is hoped, can serve as a role model for other countries in the region.

The project is divided in several components to pilot adaptation strategies that should be scaled up to larger projects and that prepares Grenada to receive grants for larger projects. It also aimed to support the local communities to implement projects to adapt to immediate climate change challenges and raise the awareness of Grenadians about climate change.

In order to prepare Grenada’s institutions to climate change, ICCAS supported the country in the development of its National Adaptation Plan and helped to integrate climate change considerations into policies and development plans. This, in turn, was the basis for preparing the country to be eligible to receive climate finance for large adaption and mitigation projects. Furthermore, the project went on to train experts to support Grenada’s access to climate finance and to help set up a National Designated Authority that is approved to receive funds from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF is a multilateral fund that was set up to finance large projects to support climate change adaptation and mitigation, especially in countries that are most vulnerable such as small island developing states.

To improve resources planning and management, the ICCAS approach has been to pilot best practices and to build capacity of key actors in the local communities so that they can act as knowledge multipliers. The project targeted 3 areas of action: Coastal Zone Management, Water Management and Climate Smart Agriculture.

On coastal zone management, ICCAS supported the development of an Integrated Coastal Zone Policy and provided beach profiling equipment to the Environment Division. It also established a community lead mangrove restoration project under which 1900 mangrove seedling were replanted a the community members were trained to produce mangrove honey, to sustainably harvest the mangrove for charcoal and a board walk and bird watching platform was built to facilitate the development of an eco-tourism destination to the area.

On water management, a community rain water harvesting system was built in partnership with the National Water and Sewerage Authority. It consist of a 15,000 square foot catchment area and a 50,000 gallon concrete water tank to deliver pipe water to the community of Blaize, which use to have to rely on collecting water from a stream 1 ½ miles away. The ICCAS project also mapped a total of 45 non-commercial water sources that can be accessed by the population in case of  breakdown of the pipe water system, for instance after a hurricane. In addition communities throughout Grenada benefitted from rain water harvesting tanks and cisterns increasing Grenada’s water storage capacity to 230,000 gallons.

On climate smart agriculture (CSA), the project trained a total of 45 officers at the Ministry of Agriculture and CSA practices were integrated in the ministry’s work plan. ICCAS established a model farm implementing the different recommended practices to secure the future of the agriculture sector. A number of resilient farming practices and incentives were given to farmers to increase climate resilience. These include composting and vermi-culture bins and proper turning technique demonstration. In addition climate Smart technologies in solar power water pump and drip irrigation systems were introduce to schools farming systems.

Local communities, which are already suffering from the effects of climate change, were not left behind by the project. A 1.5 million USD Community Climate Change Adaptation Fund funded a total of 27 community lead projects around Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. These projects addressed issues affecting agriculture and water, public water storage, education and awareness, flood protection, ridge to reef management, recycling, as well as marine and coastal management.

Grenada also needed to raise the awareness of his citizens, especially the children, about climate change and environmental issues. The project lead a large national efforts, backed by 255,000 USD budget, to raise this awareness through radio and TV programme, national events such as football competition and walk, environment fair, school competitions and a wealth of other efforts, including social media and its own project website. It has also developed a climate change toolkit for teachers to start including climate change science into the schools’ after school programmes, as a first step to integrate the topic in the national curriculum. Two new climate change books targeting children between the ages of 5 – 7 were published through the ICCAS project. The climate kids’ adventure books are creating a platform for young children and teachers to discuss climate change issues. There is also an online version of these children books which can be found in this link (http://climatekids.gd/#books).

Soon entering in its last year to wrap up the project, the monitoring and evaluation of the results have already started and Grenada is eager to share its success and challenges with other countries in the region in order to contribute to the region’s learning curve on climate change adaptation solutions.

The ICCAS Program is implemented by the Government of Grenada, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ). It was financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUM) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI) with an 8 million USD budget.

For further information please contact:

 

Government of Grenada:

Aria R. St.Louis

Head of Environment Division

Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

St. George’s, Grenada

Tel: +1-473-440-2708 x26841

Email: ariastlouis@gmail.com

  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH:

Dieter Rothenberger

Head of GIZ-ICCAS

Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

St. George’s, Grenada

Tel: + 1-473-534-8000

Email: dieter.rothenberger@giz.de

 

 

UNDP

Mr. Martin Barriteau

Project Coordinator

Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

St. George’s, Grenada

Tel: +1 (473) 440-2708 ext. 3027

Mobile:   +1(473) 4168980

Email: martin.barriteau@undp.org

Website: www.bb.undp.org

 

 

 

Regional Scientists To Present 1.5 Report at Caribbean Climate Change Conference

PRESS RELEASE – Port-of-Spain: October 9, 2017: When scientists and researchers meet in Trinidad at the International Climate Change Conference for the Caribbean this week, it will be in the aftermath of the devastation wrought in the region by successive monster storms in the current 2017 Hurricane Season.

The conference, which is being hosted by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in association with the European Union (EU) funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA+) runs from October 9 to 12. It brings together regional scientists to update regional stakeholders on the ongoing regional research in climate change, inform on actions being undertaken to build climate resilience across the region by regional and international organisations, and discuss issues related to climate finance and the science, policy and finance nexus.

Scientists will present the key findings of the 1.5 to Stay Alive research project for the Caribbean region, which was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank. This should offer more insight into the consequences of global warming exceeding a 1.5 degree Centigrade threshold and provide our regional climate change negotiators with a more robust science-based platform for further insisting at the forthcoming Conference of Parties (COP) at the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) that global mitigation efforts need to be scaled up so that global warming does not exceed this threshold.

The meeting is being held under the theme “Adaptation in Action” which CCCCC’s Deputy Executive Director and Science Advisor Dr. Ulric Trotz said because this best describes the focus of regional institutions and countries in the face of threats posed by Climate Change.

“The 2017 Hurricane Season shows us that we must be proactive in building resilience in the small nation states of the region. And while adaptation and mitigation are critical, climate financing is a much-needed lifeline if the region is to successfully pursue a low carbon climate resilient development pathway. We cannot survive unless we are able to build to withstand these super storms,” he said.

Climate negotiators and Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Focal Points from across the region are also in attendance.

Other sponsors include the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), United Nations Development Programme Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (UNDP J-CCCP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan.

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Vacancy – NDC Implementation Specialist – New York

Climate Analytics Inc. (NY) is looking for an NDC Implementation Specialist to work under the supervision of the Director of the Climate Analytics New York office. The main work areas will be as follows:

  • Contribute to the development of a strategy for climate change adaptation and mitigation implementation for Climate Analytics,
  • Support the activities of Climate Analytics in mitigation and adaptation implementation projects particularly in the Caribbean and support similar work undertaken in the other regions,
  • Liaise with Caribbean countries; regional; national organizations and governments and financing entities to identify priorities and opportunities for climate action implementation,
  • Undertake research and analysis of NDCs, NAPs and other strategic and planning policy documents and support Climate Analytics’ stakeholders in translating NDCs into implementation plans and project proposals,
  • Support capacity building and readiness activities, including through training,
  • Assist in integrating science into implementation activities and project proposal development,
  • Provide input for management and reporting on projects, and dissemination of results.

Required qualifications and competencies:

  • University degree, ideally in a subject related to climate change, finance or (climate) economics, public policy, public administration, political science, international relations, environmental studies, or a related field;
  • At least 2 years of experience in policy research on national climate change policies and plans, international climate change negotiations; and/or
  • At least 2 years of experience in working with government agencies and providing policy advisory services in the areas related to climate change;
  • Experience in project development and proposal writing
  • Experiences in project management, change processes, multi-stakeholder coordination across various sectors and/or in sectors relevant for climate change;
  • Experience with economic, technical and institutional analysis;
  • Experience with economics of climate change, climate change funding mechanisms, etc.;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills.

Other skills and requirements:

  • Excellent command of MS-Office;
  • Very good analytical and writing skills
  • Experience with preparation of reports
  • French or Spanish speaking – a plus

Conditions

Starting date: ASAP

Duration: 6 months

Location: preferably at Climate Analytics New York City office

Specific requirements for the NY location: US Citizen or holder of a Green Card

Interested?

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to recruiting@climateanalytics.org until October 18, 2017 with the subject line NDC Implementation Specialist.

For questions related to this job offer please contact Ms Laetitia De Marez laetitia.demarez@climateanalytics.org

Please note: Interviews will be scheduled between October 23 and October 27.

Vacancy – Consultant, Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD), Grenada

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received financing from the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Environment Programme (GEF-UNEP) for the implementation of the Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD) Project, aimed at reducing fossil fuel-based per capita electricity consumption in buildings in five Caribbean pilot countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards contracts for consulting services titled “ESD National Coordinator/Consultant, Grenada.”

Peruse the following official documents:

– Expression of Interest – National Coordinator-Consultant, Grenada

– Terms of Reference – National ESD Project Coordinator/Consultant

Further information can be obtained at awilliams@caribbeanclimate.bz during office hours 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, and 1.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The deadline for submission is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Monday 30th October 2017.

Invitation to Quote – Variety Of Goods

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) invites you to submit quotations for a variety goods for use by the Centre’s Communications Unit.

Project Title: Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP)

Source of Funding: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Purchaser: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Contract Ref: USAID-CCAP/CCCCC: SH-G-23-2017 Contract Title: Supply of Equipment and Goods for the Communications Unit at the CCCCC

Issued: September 20, 2017

Peruse the following official documents:

Deadline for submission of quotation must be delivered by electronic means to the email address procurement@caribbeanclimate.bz at or before 2:00 p.m. (Belize Time GMT- 6) on Thursday 28th September, 2017.

Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services- Firms Selection – Strengthening the capacity of the NDA and developing a strategic framework for SVG

The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently signed a grant agreement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for readiness support to access climate financing from the GCF. Accordingly, the government will be procuring a consultancy firm to assist with its readiness activities of:

  1. Strengthening the capacity of the Nationally Designated Authority (including developing an operation manual) and
  2. Developing a country strategic framework for engagement with the GCF.

Peruse the official Request for expressions of interest – Consultancy Services- Firms Selection – Strengthening the capacity of the NDA and developing a strategic framework for SVG

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail) by 29th September, 2017.

Ministry of Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour
Attn: National Designated Authority
1st Floor, Administrative Building
Bay Street
Kingstown
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Tel: 784-457-1746; 784-457-2182
E-mail: cenplan@svgcpd.com ;dcorea@svgcpd.com; ctoby@svgcpd.com

Guyana builds Climate Resilience

(L-R) CCCCC’s trainers, Diana Ruiz and Albert Gilharry, (standing) with government officers in a recent St Lucia training.

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; September 19, 2017 – A National Training Workshop on the use of Climate Impact Tools and Models for Decision Making is currently underway at the University of Guyana’s Computer Lab in Georgetown, Guyana. The workshop will run from September 20 to 27, and being held under the USAID-sponsored Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID- CCAP).

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is implementing the project that aims to build resilience in the development initiatives of 10 countries of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, as they tackle climate change induced challenges.

Under the project the Caribbean Assessment Regional DROught (CARiDRO) tool; the Weather Generator, the Tropical Storm Model and accompanying web portal and data sets have been developed and are introduced to countries of the Eastern Caribbean to help countries to enhance their development activities and reduce the risks to their natural assets and populations, due to climate change.

The tools are open source online resources to provide locally relevant and unbiased climate change information that is specific to the Caribbean and relevant to the region’s development. The integration of the tools into national policy agendas across the region is being spearheaded through regional and country workshops, which are crucial to ensuring effective decision-making and improving climate knowledge and action.

CCAP beneficiary countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

The USAID CCAP project was designed to build on both USAID’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean Regional Development Cooperative Strategy, which addresses development challenges in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, and the CCCCC’s Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to a Changing Climate and its associated Implementation Plan that were unanimously endorsed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads.

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TOOLS

Regional Climate Models and Caribbean Assessment of Regional Drought (CARiDRO)

The Caribbean Assessment Regional DROught (CARiDRO) was designed to facilitate drought assessment in the context of the Caribbean and Central America. It is a flexible system that should accommodate the requirements of different users. The online tool is composed of two main sections: a descriptive one where the user can find information on how to use the tool as well as terms and concepts that are useful. The other section is where the user can fill out a form with different fields in order to produce results accordingly. CARiDRO allows the user to access and to process different observed and model datasets for the Caribbean Region to produce results based on two Drought Indexes, the Standardized Precipitation Index (McKee,1993) and the Standardized Precipitation-Evaporation Index (Serrano et al, 2010).

Weather generator

The Weather Generator provides daily weather time series for use in impact assessments and impact models. It generates weather data for the future that can be used across sectors (e.g., water, agriculture, health) in the same way as historic weather series. The main benefit and utility of the WG is that it provides information for a single point location – directly comparable to what is observed at weather stations.

Tropical storm model

A simple advection model premised on past memorable and notable storms generating grids for each 15-minute period in the storm model. The variables include precipitation rate and wind speed.

Portal and observed data

This web portal provides information and datasets concerning:

  • The observed climate of the present day
  • Regional Climate Model projection of the future climate
  • Future scenarios of weather downscaled from the Regional Climate Model projections
  • Scenarios of weather derived from hypothetical tropical cyclone events

This web portal is intended for use by regional and national institutions, consultants and scientists concerned with the climate and impacts of future climate change in the Caribbean region. Accordingly, a considerable degree of contextual knowledge of climate change and its impacts, and analytical expertise is assumed. Browse the portal: http://www.cariwig.org/ncl_portal/#info

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan.

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CCCCC Announces Its International Conference on Climate Change

Credit: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. Not for use without written permission.

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; September 18, 2017 – More than 100 climate scientists, researchers and negotiators from across the Caribbean and the world will gather at the Hilton Hotel in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad from October 9 to 12, 2017, to highlight the region’s climate change adaptation successes at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) International Conference on Climate Change for the Caribbean. 

“Adaptation in Action” is the theme for the conference, which aims to build awareness and demonstrate the work being done across the region and among other Small Island Developing States to build resilience, mitigate and develop low carbon economies that will help them survive the adverse effects of climate variability and change.

“We, at the Centre, aim to give visibility to the range of scientific data and documentation, and the work that is being carried out in the Region. These issues become more important in an increasingly vulnerable world.  This conference presents the opportunity to build on our own home-grown solutions and integrate these into processes like the IPCC,” said executive director Dr. Kenrick Leslie.

The Conference provides a platform for interaction and knowledge sharing among natural and social scientists, policy makers and development partners; and serves to garner feedback that will help to refine the region’s research focus, while developing programmes and projects that are specific to the region’s needs.

One major presentation will include some of the key findings of the 1.5 to Stay Alive research project for the Caribbean region, and provide opportunities for discussions of the climate change impacts, vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation activities of regional and international organisations. 

Discussions on the main sources of climate financing and how to access the funds will be led by regional institutions like the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CCCCC and international institutions like the European Union (EU) funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA+).

The Centre’s Deputy Executive Director Dr. Ulric Trotz noted that the Conference aims to ensure that policymakers and the general public have a better understanding of how Climate Change scientific findings can be integrated into national and regional development policies and strategies, to influence behaviours. It is also expected that the dialogue will help regional negotiators by providing relevant and up-to-date information going into the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The conference is funded by the CCCCC, the GCCA+, the CDB, the European Union Directorate General for International Development Cooperation (DEVCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (UNDP J-CCCP).

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan.

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CCCCC Holds Inaugural Project Advisory Meeting in St Lucia

Credit: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. Not for use without written permission.

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; August 31, 2017 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), implementing organisation for the United States Agency for International Development Climate Change Adaptation Programme ((USAID CCAP), is hosting the inaugural Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting at the Coco Palm Hotel in St Lucia, August 31 to Sept 1.

The PAC was set up to provide policy guidance on the implementation of the four-year US$25.6-million-dollar project which aims to reduce risks to human and the natural assets of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean resulting from Climate Change.

USAID CCAP was designed to establish and strengthen a system for the implementation and financing of sustainable adaptation approaches in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. The program targets the ten (10) countries included in USAID/ESC’s coverage area.

It comprises representatives from the CCCCC, USAID-Eastern and Southern Caribbean Office, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) as well as representatives of regional participating governments.

USAID CCAP is investing activities that build capacities at the regional, national, and local levels to generate and use climate data and information to influence decision-making; strengthen the regional capacity to assess the economic, social, and technical feasibility of climate change adaptation techniques and support the implementation of suitable projects. It also aims to build capacities within regional and national institutions to access funding from established global funding mechanisms that will aid the region in up scaling and replicating proven climate change adaptation strategies.

USAID CCAP is being implemented in ten countries of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean namely Antigua and Barbuda, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan.

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