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GCF signs off funding for Barbados water sector resilience project

PRESS RELEASE – Songdo,

On 1 November, GCF and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) signed the Funded Activity Agreement (FAA) for the project Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (WSRN S-Barbados).

The project aims to make the provision of potable water in Barbados less vulnerable to the impacts of hurricanes which have been increasing in intensity over the past decades. It involves installing a photovoltaic (PV) power generation field next to one of the main pumping stations, yielding a mitigation benefit from the reduced dependency on diesel-generated electricity. In addition, the installation of water storage tanks and rainwater harvesting systems in several strategic locations on the island will ensure that any disruptions in water supply do not lead to immediate loss of potable water to vulnerable populations.

Patrick Van Laake, Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist at GCF and Task Manager for the project, stated: “The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the most destructive on record, with several island nations in the Caribbean being severely impacted. While Barbados was spared major damage in 2017, the destruction on other islands and the lasting economic impacts demonstrate that building resilience into public services like potable water supply is key to making vulnerable populations cope with this threat.”

The project has significant co-benefits for households, farmers and small businesses of Barbados. Cost savings by the Barbados Water Authority from the investment in the PV systems will be deposited into a locally managed adaptation fund. Consumers will be able to access the fund for financial support to reduce the cost of installing water saving devices in households, public buildings, hotels and in agriculture operations. This fund will continue to operate after the project completes, providing long-term sustainability for water users in Barbados.

The project is the first single-country investment by GCF in the Caribbean region to be signed. The project’s Accredited Entity (AE) is the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). It’s a direct-access AE based in Belize and serving the member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a regional cooperation body.

“The signing of the agreement is a major achievement for CCCCC. The Barbados water project, valued at USD 45 million, speaks well of the dedication and competence of the Centre’s project development personnel. Further, it is the first project being implemented by a Regional Accredited Entity from the Caribbean. For Barbados it is a major step in solving its critical water problem that is increasingly being impacted by climate change and other anthropogenic activities. For the Caribbean SIDS it indicates that GCF is supporting the adaptation agenda of the region,” said Dr Kenrick R. Leslie, Executive Director at CCCCC.

The signing of the legal agreement of the project between GCF and CCCCC comes at a very auspicious time. On 6 – 9 November, the GCF is hosting its second Structured Dialogue for the Caribbean in St. George’s, Grenada.

Credit: Green Climate Fund

Vacancy – Technical Officer, CBF Ecosystem – based Adaptation Facility

The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) seeks a Technical Officer with a proven record of success in addressing climate change and conservation challenges in order to provide the technical support to effectively implement the strategic agenda of the EbA Facility. The Technical Officer will work closely with, and report to, the EbA Program Manager, in providing this technical support.

Check all detail in the Terms of Reference that can be downloaded here.

To apply for the Technical Officer, CBF EbA Facility position, please submit the documents listed below to secretariat@caribbeanbiodiversityfund.org, jsingh@caribbeanbiodiversityfund.org, and karim.ould-chih@kfw.de. All applications must be received by December 7th, 2018.

Applications not received by the above deadline will be automatically disqualified. Expected start date for the position is April 1, 2019.

EBA Facility First Call For Proposals Is Open

October 31st, 2018 – The CBF is happy to open its first Call for Proposals, through the Ecosystem-based Adaptation Facility (the EbA Facility). The EbA Facility is requesting project proposals with a focus on EbA actions that help people adapt to adverse effects of climate change, reduce disaster risk, and build resilient ecosystems and economies.

The Facility will distribute grants from 250 thousand up to 2 million US dollars, directly to local, national, regional and international institutions, including civil society organizations, government agencies, universities/research organizations, and community-based organizations in eligible countries.

The EbA Facility resources are a contribution of the German government through KfW, the German development bank.

Applications can be submitted until December 15th, 2018.

Check all the details in the Call for Proposals documents available here:

Source: Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, 2018

Request for Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services: Technical Indigenous Coordinator for the REDD+ Readiness Project, PACT Belize

The Government of Belize with the assistance of the World Bank is implementing the project entitled “Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) Readiness Project in Belize” with Grant funding from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility “FCPF” and has appointed the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI) for the overall implementation of the Project with the fiduciary support provided by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT).  The Government of Belize intends to apply part of the proceeds of the grant to payments under the contract for this Consultancy.

REDD+ and PACT now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. In submitting Expression of Interest, consultants should provide information demonstrating that he/she has the required and relevant experience to perform the services.

Interested consultants can request the Terms of Reference by email at redd.procurement.officer@pactbelize.org.

Expressions of Interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, mail, fax or e-mail) by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday 20th November 2018 to:

REDD+ Procurement Officer
Protected Areas Conservation Trust
3 Mango Street
Belmopan, Cayo District
Tel: 822-3637
redd.procurement.officer@pactbelize.org

The sealed envelope containing the Expression of Interest must include the name and address of the applicant and should be clearly marked:

TECHNICAL INDIGENOUS COORDINATOR FOR THE REDD+ READINESS PROJECT IN BELIZE

Peruse full advert below:

Request for Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services

Request for Expression of Interest For the Design and Construction of a “Green” Office Building Facility

The Government of Belize, acting through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, has received a grant from the Government of Italy through the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre toward the cost of the “Design and Construction of a “Green” Office Building Facility”, which should incorporate sustainable design strategies & practices, renewable energy options, energy efficient and hurricane resilient design and a work friendly environment according to but not limited to International Sustainable Accreditations Certifications and Standards. The GoB intends to apply a portion of its grant, combined with co-investment from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust and the Environment Management Fund, to eligible payments under a contract for which this call is issued.

Peruse the official Request for Expression of Interest.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted no later than 14th November 2018 by 5:00 pm to:

Further information may be obtained from the
Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration,
at Old Lands Building, Market Square, Belmopan, Belize. Tel: 501-828-4877
Email address: ceo.sec@environment.gov.bz or coord.cc@environment.gov.bz between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday, except on Public Holidays.

For any questions related to the project, please contact ceo.sec@environment.gov.bz or coord.cc@environment.gov.bz indicating this REOI as reference.

Fisheries Ministers approve climate change protocol for CRFM Member States

 

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton (left), and Chair of the Ministerial Council, David Osborne, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MATLHE) of Montserrat

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton (left), and Chair of the Ministerial Council, David Osborne, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MATLHE) of Montserrat (CRFM)

PRESS RELEASE, BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, SUNDAY, 14 October 2018 (CRFM)—A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados on Thursday, 11 October 2018, during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), which promotes cooperation and collaboration among Caribbean people, fishers and governments in conserving, managing, and sustainably using fisheries and related ecosystems, as well as improving the welfare and livelihood of fisherfolk in the region.

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said, “This protocol is of paramount importance in the region, given the urgent and ever-increasing threats to fishing communities, fishers and the health of marine ecosystems and associated fish stocks in the region posed not only by warming waters and climate change but also by the acidification of the oceans, as a result of increased absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

Haughton said that among the obvious challenges are the bleaching and destruction of corals reefs, frequent massive blooms of Sargassum and other harmful marine algae, and the devastation caused by storms, hurricanes and floods that States must now contend with.

Hurricane Maria devastated the Roseau Fisheries Complex in Dominica laHurricane Maria devastated the Roseau Fisheries Complex in Dominica last year Fisheries Division Dominica

This protocol on climate change and disaster risk management comes as the region is still trying to bounce back from the devastating impacts of two catastrophic hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which struck last year. Photo: Roseau Fisheries Complex in Dominica (Fisheries Division, Dominica)

The damage our countries suffer is not limited to what is seen on land but also extends to the valuable natural resources under the sea which we often do not see,” the Executive Director added.

Haughton explained that the protocol provides pragmatic tools and measures to enable States and stakeholders to adapt and build resilience by working together and sharing experiences and best practices. He also emphasized the need for donors and international development partners to recognize the challenges faced by the countries in the coastal and marine environment, and to support their initiatives by providing tangible technical assistance and funding to help with implementation of the protocol.

In May 2018, the CRFM Ministerial Council approved another protocol under the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy; that is, the Protocol on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries for Caribbean Community fisherfolk and societies under the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy, aimed at improving the livelihood and welfare of small-scale fishers who are involved the harvesting, processing and marketing of fish and seafood.

The approved protocols were submitted to the CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), which met on Friday 12 October, at the culmination of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture.

The development of Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was fast-tracked with support from the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The initiative was implemented in the context of a technical cooperation agreement signed earlier this year by the CRFM and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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CRFM Ministerial Council meeting during Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which concluded on Friday (CRFM)

At the Ministerial Council meeting, chaired by David Osborne, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MATLHE) of Montserrat, the policymakers also addressed social and welfare issues in the fisheries and aquaculture sector by issuing a policy statement on gender, youth and decent work as follows:

The Council accepted that international and national norms regarding issues pertaining to gender, youth, and decent work be adhered to, and be incorporated into all CRFM policies, protocols, programmes, and plans.”

In addition, the Council approved a concept note for a proposed project to reduce the vulnerability of coastal and marine social-ecological systems across CARICOM to Sargassum influxes. They also called upon the donor community and development partners to provide the technical assistance and funding needed to support implementation of the project, as well as the two Protocols adopted under the Common Fisheries Policy.

READ the protocol below or download the PDF version attached.

 http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#25168044/65159258

CREDIT: CRFM

Solar Head of State announces the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge

Jamaican youth showcase creativity in renewable energy competition

PRESS RELEASE, October 18, 2018Solar Head of State, a nonprofit that helps world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings, has announced the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge, a competition that invites young people from across the country to create innovative communication projects and educate their communities about the benefits of renewable energy. A video about the Jamaica Solar Challenge and the winning entry is available here.

Awards were presented by the Most Hon. Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, which has recently commissioned its high-efficiency, state-of-the-art solar PV array. The solar installation demonstrates Jamaica’s commitment to a 50% renewable energy transition for electricity generation by 2030.

Students and participants were provided with guidelines to design projects that inspire their communities to recognize and learn about the benefits of solar power. The many submissions received have taken a variety of forms, whether written, displayed, or performed. The winning projects, awarded with prizes, were able to demonstrate creativity and ability to communicate effectively and with originality the advantages of adopting renewable energy sources for Jamaicans.

The winning projects each received a trophy, Bresheh backpack and cash prize sponsored by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center:

  • First prize J$75,000 (~US$570): Ryan Bent (age 21) of the University of the West Indies and Negril
  • Second prize [Team entry] J$40,000 (~US$300): Amy Hussey (age 17), Adrienne Lee and Eva Wynter (age 15) of the American International School of Kingston
  • Third prize J$17,500 (~US$130): Phillip Llewellyn (age 19) from Trenchtown, Kingston

Runners up each received J$12,500 (~US$95) and a certificate of commendation. This was awarded to Timoy Chambers (age 14) of Westmoreland Parish, Jarda Nelson (age 19) of UWI and Portmore, and Shenelle Mclaughlin (age 20) of Portmore.

Major sponsors for the event were the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, Public Services International, the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers. Additional support was received from Bresheh, RECAM, and the Florida Intercultural Academy. Youth groups partners included the Caribbean Youth Environment Network and the Commonwealth Youth Council. Solar Head of State has run a first-of-its-kind community solar competition as part of the broader effort to empower young people with the necessary tools to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Caribbean islands like Jamaica are really embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonized in the coming decades. Following similar installations by the President of the Maldives and Governor-General of Saint Lucia, Jamaica’s prominent adoption of solar sets an example for other nations around the world that renewable energy can make a global impact. While island nations such as Jamaica are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, this project along with the Jamaica Solar Challenge is a reminder that they are also leading in finding solutions.

For more information visit the Solar Head of State website and see the press kit. There is also a video about the challenge here.

About Solar Head of State: Working with governments to build an alliance of green leaders worldwide since 2010, SHOS installs solar PV systems on symbolic buildings leveraging the experience to create visibility and social impact. Acting as a catalyst for wider adoption of new solutions for renewable energy, SHOS efforts support global influencers championing solar, increasing awareness and impacting change through innovative efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Press enquiries:

Solar Head of State

James Ellsmoor

Skype: james.ellsmoor

Mob: +1 510-426-7206

Whatsapp: +1 919-338-4564

jellsmoor@solarheadofstate.org

Profile on winner Ryan Bent:

My name is Ryan Harris Bent, a 21-year-old lover of music, songwriting and singing. I hail all the way from Negril, Westmoreland, however, I am currently enrolled at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus where I study computer science/ marketing.

Since birth, I’ve attended the Petersfield SDA church where I was first exposed to the wonderful world of music. My love for the art of writing had then begun to spark when I attended the Little London Primary school, where I first got exposed to dubbed poetry through performing wonderful pieces written by Mrs. Karen Knott-Banhan herself. Ever since, I was no stranger to the national JCDC festival of the Arts stage, which was held annually. I would either be asked to sing, dance or perform dubbed poetry pieces to represent my primary school, and the rest was history. Ever since the 2nd grade all the way up to 6th form, I’ve not just entered the competition but have been blessed to win many awards.

From there, the clear choice for me was The Manning’s School as it is not just the beacon shining out of the West for just academics, but many other areas, of which the performing arts was and still is one of its best. Under the guidance and nurturing of Ms. Audrey Woolery-Williams from 1st through 6th form,  my love for the performing arts and writing grew more and more. That, plus being a proud member of the nationally renowned performing arts group, B.A.D Company (B.A.D meaning Belief and Determination), all attributed to me being the singer/ writer I am today.

Upon arrival at UWI, I decided to put my love for the arts on the back burner in pursuit of my second love, student representation and so said, so done, I successfully campaigned, won and represented the Faculty of Science and Technology in the capacity of Guild Representative for the year 2017 to 2018 however, not forgetting my first love, the performing arts. For whatever event I helped to organize within the faculty, there was a little jingle to go along with it just to grab my fellow students attention and I was known by my fellow council as “the singy singy Sci-Tech rep”.

I am grateful for Solar Head of State and all the contributing sponsors for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent and enlighten others of the exponentially growing concern of climate change and how Jamaica, through renewable energy can shape a brighter future not just for ourselves but also the world at large. I strongly believe and advocate for this cause and it’s message, and I am truly happy through I could use this platform to inspire my fellow Jamaicans. I believe we will pave a brighter future for ourselves and it all starts here.

As heard in my song: “Jamaica light bill too much, it needs the renewable energy touch, a suh we gonna save the country, SO USE RENEWABLE ENERGY…”

ryanbent1@gmail.com

Jamaica Solar Challenge winner Ryan Bent receives his award from Solar Head of State Director James Ellsmoor.

IPCC Releases 1.5 Report with dire warning for the Caribbean and the World

Belmopan, Belize; October 10, 2018 – The highly anticipated 1.5 degrees’ report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released, and the news is dire. But while Scientists ‘sound the alarm about complacency’, they’ve given hope that it is still possible to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees.

The report clearly outlines the risks of exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; this is the upper limit of warming that small islands states have advocated for many years.

“This report is a wake-up call for governments and the world, that we no longer have time for playing-around. It is time for hard-work to avert climate change and  the small islands states need significant financial help to make it happen” said Science Advisor and deputy executive director at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Dr Ulric Trotz.

In the Special Report on Global Warming at 1.5 Degrees released on Monday, October 8, 2018, the IPCC warned that the global leaders need to quickly cut carbon emissions over the next decade. The landmark report by the world’s top scientists studying climate change noted, that to avoid going past 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels, the world needs to adopt “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”.

“From the small island perspective, this is probably the most important report the IPCC has done, not only because it was in part called for by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) but also because every important message we have been requesting over the years is now backed up by scientific assessment in this report,” said Dr Michael Taylor one of the Caribbean’s leading climate scientists and a contributor to the report.

Dr Taylor noted that the Caribbean science underpins the assessments and supports the urgency of the messages that highlight not only the expected impacts on the region at 1.5 degrees”, but also “the enormous risks of 2 degrees, to the synergies with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), to adaptation needs, deficits and costs, to the necessity for more mitigation”.

The report outlines the considerable risks now being faced by SIDS to the escalating impacts of extreme events, from sea level rise to slowed economic growth, biodiversity loss and significant global risks, should global warming exceed 1.5°C.

For SIDS, the difference between warming at 1.5°C and 2°C is critical, resulting in increased water stress, more intense rainfall during tropical cyclones, and increased exposure to irreversible sea level rise. Some coral reefs would be able to adapt at 1.5°C, at 2°C their chances of survival are next-to-none, irrecoverably damaging the fisheries and livelihoods that depend on them.

Here in the Caribbean, the changes are already happening. The region is experiencing hotter days and nights, more intense rainfall as well as more and longer periods of drought, putting lives, livelihoods and economies at risk.

Significant data from the Caribbean and SIDS have featured prominently in this IPCC reports which provides a clear picture of the level of devastation that would occur at 2 degrees. The inclusion of regional data sets has been hailed a success by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) the agency designated by CARICOM to lead the Caribbean’s response to Climate Change.

“We set out to have the Caribbean situation reflected in the report and we have accomplished that,” Trotz said.

The Centre has been working with regional and international organisations to pull together institutions such as Cuba’s Institute of Meteorology, the Caribbean’s own CIMH, the Universities of the West Indies and Suriname and others to coordinate the production of Caribbean-specific models and information which provided critical information to the special report.

The 1.5 report was released during the 48th Session of the IPCC in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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Link to the Special Report on Global Warming at 1.5 Degrees: http://ipcc.ch/report/sr15/.

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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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Invitation to Bid – Promotional Items

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received funds from the KfW German Development Bank, toward the cost of the project titled “Coastal Protection for Climate Change Adaptation in the Small Island States in the Caribbean and intends to apply a part of the proceeds towards payments for the Contract “Supply of Promotional Items, Contract#63/2018 /KFW/CCCCC”.

Peruse the official Invitation to Bid – Supply of Promotional Items.

Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from:
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
Attention: Ms. Allison William. Procurement Officer
Email: procurement@caribbeanclimate.bz

Deadline for the submission of proposals on or before 2:00 pm on Friday, 19 October 2018.

Vacancies – Sustainable Energy Finance Advisor and Capacity Development Expert

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement the project “Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Supply in the Caribbean (Cli-RES)”. The BMZ funded project has an additional financial allocation (co-funding) for the “Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC)” from the European Union, funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). TAPSEC will support the strategies under the respective Caribbean‑EU partnerships. It is directly related to Focal Area 2 of the Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP), which focuses on Climate Change, Disaster Management, Environment, and Sustainable Energy, and addresses the sustainable development of the countries.

The GIZ TAPSEC / Cli-RES project is hiring two regional experts based at CARICOM in Guyana, peruse the official Terms of References below:

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