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IDB Vacancies

Environmental Safeguards Senior Specialist

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is seeking to recruit an Environmental Safeguards Senior Specialist to lead the design and implementation of safeguards for Bank operations, as well as ensure that they meet the requirements of the Bank’s environmental and social safeguard policies and international best practices.

The environmental specialist will also be expected to contribute to the development of new approaches, guidance, and knowledge products, undertake project reviews, and to effectively disseminate the products of the Unit to build capacity amongst clients and stakeholders.

Peruse the official Terms of Reference for the Environmental Safeguards Senior Specialist.

Deadline for application is May 31, 2017 at 9:59 PM

Further information on IDB is available at: www.iadb.org. Written requests for clarification should be directed to: jobsonline@iadb.org

Environmental or Social Risk management Specialist

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is seeking to recruit an Environmental or Social Risk management Specialist to (i) lead the identification of safeguard risks and impacts in Bank operations, programs, country strategies, and sector strategies and provide recommendations on approaches to mitigation; and (ii) contribute to the development and implementation of a risk management framework to a) demonstrate effectiveness of safeguards; and b) provide information and promote action overview of risk vulnerabilities in portfolio at the appropriate levels.

The environmental or social specialist will also be expected to contribute to the development of new approaches, guidance notes, and knowledge products, and to effectively disseminate the products of the Unit to build capacity amongst clients and stakeholders.

Peruse the official Terms of References for the Environmental or Social Risk management Specialist.

Deadline for application is June 16, 2017 at 9:59 PM

Further information on IDB is available at: www.iadb.org. Written requests for clarification should be directed to: jobsonline@iadb.org

Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has released its first Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017. This report card sums up what we know of marine and coastal climate change impacts on Caribbean Small Island Developing States, and explores some of the actions that are needed to respond to these impacts. Case studies are drawn from those … Continue reading

A blue urban agenda: adapting to climate change in the coastal cities of Caribbean and Pacific small island developing states

Cities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have leveraged nearly US$800 million in green climate funding to support coastal resilience, says a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report.

The study, A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States, estimates that 4.2 million people in SIDS in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. As a result the region has now become a reference for other port cities.

“Mayors in port cities across the globe should be cognisant of the enormous economic costs and implications of sea level rise, hurricanes and coastal storms to port infrastructure,” Michelle Mycoo, co-author of the report, told Cities Today. “Mayors will need to consider a mix of strategies such as higher investments in robust coastal defences, alternative future upgrading and expansion plans such as retreating from the coast and relocation of storage areas for container cargo further inland.”

The international community has responded by providing US$55.6 billion in aid and private sector flows to Caribbean and Pacific SIDS over the last 20 years. These programmes have included coastal engineering to protect cities from flooding and coastal erosion, wetland restoration, coral reef conservation and watershed rehabilitation, urban planning and the enforcement of coastal setbacks and flood-resistant building codes.

“The urban planning profession clearly needs to pursue a Blue Urban Agenda and build cities that respond to their shores and the needs of coastal residents,” said Michael Donovan, co-author and Housing & Urban Development Senior Specialist, IDB.

The study reviewed 50 projects financed by the IDB, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others, and the efforts made by Caribbean and Pacific SIDS to implement adaptation strategies aimed at reducing vulnerability and enhancing sustainability. It shows an increasing emphasis on urban governance and institutional capacity building within city planning agencies.

It includes several policy recommendations for cities, including improving coastal planning, land reclamation, coastal setbacks, enforcement of building codes, climate-proofing infrastructure, mangrove reforestation, and coastal surveying and monitoring.

“Adapting and improving the resilience of cities in coastal zones of SIDS, especially those experiencing rapid urbanisation, remains critical,” added Donovan. “Caribbean and Pacific coastal cities are on the front lines of the response to climate change and are pioneering innovative approaches to respond to coastal transformation. All eyes are on these islands as port cities across the world look for answers to the coastal question.”

Credit: Cities Today

Request for Expression of Interest

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), with a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is supporting Borrowing Member Countries (BMC) to prepare proposals for submission to access climate financing. To this end, the CCCCC will support funding towards the cost of a consultancy to prepare a project proposal for “Building Climate Resilience in the Agriculture Sector in Saint Lucia for submission to the Adaptation Fund”.

Peruse the following:

  1. Expression of Interest
  2. Terms of Reference

Interested and eligible consultants may obtain further information at awilliams@caribbeanclimate.bz between 08:00 and 17:00 hours (Belize Time) Monday to Friday.

Deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest: no later than 2:00 P.M. GMT-6, Friday, June 16, 2017.

Climate-health security in the Caribbean: an analysis

With a diverse topography and vulnerability to natural and human-made shocks, Editor John Kirton discusses how the Caribbean is exploring options to establish climate-health security with Dr C James Hospedales Q – How do the Caribbean’s distinctive features make it vulnerable to climate change? A – With 30 diverse countries and territories and more than … Continue reading

Caribbean Urban Forum to Enhance Regional Urban Planning

The Belize City Council partnered with the Belize Association of Planners and the Caribbean Network for Urban Land Management to host the seventh annual Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF 7) in Belize City at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, on May 17th – 19th, 2017. The Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF) is designed to address specific policy issues within the … Continue reading

Contract Award Notice – Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations

Notification of Award – Contract # 12/2016/USAID/CCCCC “Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations”

The evaluation of Bids submitted for Contract # 12/2016/USAID/CCCCC “Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations” is now completed. We are pleased to advise that Contract # 12/2016/USAID/CCCCC “Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations” has been awarded to Sutron Corporation of 22400 Davis Dr., Sterling VA, 20164, USA in the contract amount of US$688,350.00

In Belize, local stewardship key to marine conservation

The reef was in plain sight, a majestic view with sandy white beaches surrounding cayes with magnificent frigate birds and booby birds flying overhead at Halfmoon Caye Natural Monument. I was eager to put on my diving gear and see the wonders of the 186-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colorful coral … Continue reading

CCCCC at Bonn Climate Change Talks

On May 10, 2017, Dr. Ulric Trotz, Deputy Director and Science Advisor at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) will share the reasons behind the Caribbean’s decision to support the campaign to keep global temperature rise at 1.5 degree, as an expert at the Research Dialogue in Bonn, Germany. Dr Trotz was invited to … Continue reading

UNFCCC’s Media Accreditation opens on May 19, 2017

Advance information for accreditation for the NOVEMBER Bonn Climate Change Conference(COP 23) 6 to 17 November 2017 World Conference Center Bonn, Germany 1. The accreditation system for COP 23 will open Friday, 19 May (directly after the SBs) – deadline will be 31 August 2. Follow the steps above, choosing “COP 23” as the current … Continue reading

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The seventh annual Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF 7)

Belize City Council

Mayor Darrell Bradley, Belize City Council

Ralston Frazer, Deputy Mayor of Belmopan City

(L-R) Troy Smith, Valuation Manager, Belize City Council; Councilor Michael Theus, Ministry of Economic Development; Mayor Darrell Bradley, Belize City Council; Ralston Frazer, Deputy Mayor of Belmopan; Dr. Cassandra Rogers, Country Representative, Inter-

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