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Request for Proposals and Quotation

The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is seeking (1) Request for Proposals for the Consultancy to develop Regional Quality Infrastructure Web Applications and Content Management Systems, (2) Request for Proposals for the Consultancy to a Website, and (3) Request for Quotation for the Procurement of Furniture for the Belize Bureau of Standards.

Peruse the official Terms of Reference for the following:

For more information and request for clarification, please contact:

Ms Karlene Russell – 10th EDF Project Coordinator at or

Mr. Deryck Omar – Chief Executive Officer at

A word from the Intern at CCCCC – Arundo Donax in Belize

Caribbean Climate features another exclusive contribution from Edon Daniels, a Masters Student from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, reading in Natural Resource and Environmental Management, specializing in Climate Change. This internship at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has offered me the opportunity to work on the Arundo donax Project (ADP). … Continue reading

Grenada finalizes plan to prepare for climate change impacts

On October 11th, the Government of Grenada held its final consultation for developing a National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NAP). Following 9 sector-specific consultations throughout this year, more than 50 stakeholders from various sectors gathered again to finalize the draft NAP. The NAP process was created by the United Nations as an opportunity for countries … Continue reading

Launch of the One UN Caribbean Website!

Join us for the digital launch of the One UN Caribbean website on Wednesday 12th October, 2016 at 1-2pm AST About the Website The One UN Caribbean website will serve as a hub for communication on development issues and initiatives in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean relating to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the soon to be … Continue reading

Heat in the Place – The Effect of Climate Change on Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean Climate features another exclusive contribution from Nolana E. Lynch is an environmentalist, climate change scientist and philanthropist from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Miss Lynch was awarded the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development for her work in Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction and also the Trinidad and Tobago National Youth Award for her … Continue reading

What Penalties Should Big Polluters Face?!


“Kick Big Polluters Out!” was the cry of activists lobbying against the influence of fossil fuel industries at last year’s Climate Change Negotiations. This November will mark the 22nd Climate Change Negotiations being hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. With a momentous agreement in Paris last year, resulting in 191 countries signing to keep temperature change below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and 61 countries ratifying it thus far, we are well on our way to protecting planet earth from the likes of climate change.

The primary contributor to climate change is the burning of fossil fuels creating carbon dioxide which amounts to 65% of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is therefore right for us to blame the fossil fuel industry for climatic changes, and it is definitely ridiculous to see them participating in the climate change negotiations. How dare their participation be allowed by the UNFCCC?

Emissions from Fossil Fuels are by far the highest contributors of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, however in last year’s climate change negotiations the fossil fuel industry sponsored a large portion of the event. Some people see this as a conflict of interest and I can see why they would. In 2003, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, banned the tobacco industry from participating in their negotiations, and many believe that the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) should do the same.

Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control states that “In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law”.

This statement imposes a barrier between lawmakers and representatives of the tobacco industry, prohibiting the industry from influencing decision-making processes. Civil society lobbied for this change as the tobacco industry cannot protect the public against the effects of tobacco usage.

The UNFCCC is charged with protecting the health of the environment, and in so doing, should protect lawmakers from the influence of the fossil fuel industry, who should in no way impact climate change policy.  There is, however, another perspective that one can consider. Can we view this as an opportunity to engage the largest emitters and put an end to the catastrophe? How can we rightly combat climate change without working with the people who have caused it? My solution would be to reach the people that we need the most. It’s the same as having to tell your mother-in-law, listen, you’re destroying my family, so you cannot live at my home. It is uncomfortable to do, and she knows she is destructive, so you have to confront the situation at the core if you want the destruction to end. Engage the persons that need to be engaged in a non-aggressive manner, without allowing them to change the primary agenda.

On June 1st 2015, 6 major oil companies wrote an open letter to the UN and governments urging them to develop firm carbon pricing models, which will assist them in investing in the right low-carbon facilities, and decrease emissions. The letter is an avid cry to help correct the damage they’ve already done, an excerpt states, “Our companies are already taking a number of actions to help limit emissions, such as growing the share of gas in our production, making energy efficiency improvements in our operations and products, providing renewable energy, investing in carbon capture and storage, and exploring new low-carbon technologies and business models”, however they highlighted, “For us to do more, we need governments across the world to provide us with clear, stable, long-term, ambitious policy frameworks. This would reduce uncertainty and help stimulate investments in the right low carbon technologies and the right resources at the right pace”. The letter strongly recommended a stringent policy on carbon pricing in all nations which will encourage greater energy efficiency and increased investment in carbon neutrality through the use of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage,    smart buildings and clean cars.

 The fossil fuel industry wants to pay for the damage. I am not saying that they should have a seat at the negotiation table, however, I do believe that there is a silver lining in all of this. Let’s say I want to stop my neighbor from littering, I could go to my regional authority, and get legislation passed or ensure that the current legislation is enforced, and my neighbor is fined, however, I could also go and chat with him, inspire change, work on solutions to the problem, discuss the root of the issue – “Why do you litter? What can we do to prevent this?” I believe this method would have a greater long-term effect than simply imposing a fine. We need to impact change at the head and I see a great opportunity here for entrepreneurs to get involved with low-carbon strategies, supply of renewable energy technology and other techniques to really and truly help the oil and gas industry in their bid to reduce their impact on climate change.  At any level, climate change cannot be dealt with unless we directly communicate with all stakeholders, including the fossil fuel industry.

STAY TUNED to the next edition in the series on Climate Change within Trinidad & Tobago.

Written by – Nolana E. Lynch


Nolana E. Lynch is an environmentalist, climate change scientist and philanthropist, Trinidad and Tobago. 

Funding available for climate change innovators

Operations Officer, World Bank, Karlene Francis, addresses a recent JIS Think Tank, where she provided information on funding opportunities for climate change innovators. (Photo: JIS)

Climate change innovators in Jamaica and the wider region can access funding to develop their project through the World Bank’s Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC).

These innovations include clean technologies in energy, water, agriculture, transport, among other areas, that are designed to mitigate the effects of and adapt to climate change.

“There are many opportunities for Jamaicans and the rest of the Caribbean to utilise climate change to increase employment, economic development and sustainability,” said operations officer at the World Bank, Karlene Francis.

She was addressing a recent Think Tank at the JIS’s head office in Kingston.

Francis informed that beneficiaries under the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s (CCIC) Boot Camp and Accelerator programmes, which are part of the EPIC, can also access additional funding and networking opportunities.

She noted that support is available for women entrepreneurs and for the creation of mobile innovations.

In the meantime, Francis informed that the Bank recently launched a crowd funding online course for Caribbean entrepreneurs.

She said that crowd funding is an easy way to gain funds from investors using an online platform.

To qualify for the CCIC’s Boot Camp and Accelerator programmes, people must be engaged in developing technologies in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, waste water management, or resource use efficiency.

The CCIC is a consortium under the Scientific Research Council and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute in Trinidad.

Credit: Jamaica Observer

Paris Agreement to enter into force as EU agrees ratification

The European Parliament has approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the European Union today.

With today’s European Parliament approval of the Paris Agreement ratification – in the presence of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the President of COP 21 Ségolène Royal – the last hurdle is cleared. The political process for the European Union to ratify the Agreement is concluded.

* President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Speech on 14 September called for a swift ratification of the agreement.

He said: “Slow delivery on promises made is a phenomenon that more and more risks undermining the Union’s credibility. Take the Paris agreement. We Europeans are the world leaders on climate action. It was Europe that brokered the first-ever legally binding, global climate deal. It was Europe that built the coalition of ambition that made agreement in Paris possible. I call on all Member States and on this Parliament to do your part in the next weeks, not months. We should be faster.” Today this is happening.

President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Today the European Union turned climate ambition into climate action. The Paris Agreement is the first of its kind and it would not have been possible were it not for the European Union.  Today we continued to show leadership and prove that, together, the European Union can deliver.”

The Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said: “The European parliament has heard the voice of its people. The European Union is already implementing its own commitments to the Paris Agreement but today’s swift ratification triggers its implementation in the rest of the world.”

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “Our collective task is to turn our commitments into action on the ground. And here Europe is ahead of the curve. We have the policies and tools to meet our targets, steer the global clean energy transition and modernise our economy. The world is moving and Europe is in a driver’s seat, confident and proud of leading the work to tackle climate change”.

So far, 62 parties, accounting for almost 52 % of global emissions have ratified the Paris Agreement. The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 parties, representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified. The EU ratification and deposit will cross the 55% emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.

The EU, which played a decisive role in building the coalition of ambition making the adoption of the Paris Agreement possible last December, is a global leader on climate action. The European Commission has already brought forward the legislative proposals to deliver on the EU’s commitment to reduce emissions in the European Union by at least 40% by 2030.

Next steps

With today’s approval by the European Parliament, the Council can formally adopt the Decision. In parallel the EU Member States will ratify the Paris Agreement individually, in accordance with their national parliamentary processes.

More information

Conclusions of the Extraordinary Environmental Council from 30 September 2016:

Statement by the Commission following the Ministers approval of the ratification:

Commission’s proposal for the EU ratification of the Paris Agreement from June 2016:

Commission’s assessment of the implications of the Paris Agreement for the EU from March 2016:

Speech by President Juncker at the Leaders Event of the COP21 in Paris:

Commission’s reaction following the historic climate deal in Paris on 12 December 2015:

Press contacts:

General public inquiries: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 67 89 10 11 or by email

Credit: European Commission Press Release Database

IDB online course Agrimonitor: Agricultural Policy, Food Security and Climate Change

The Inter-American Development Bank is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Agrimonitor: Agricultural policy, food security and climate change. This free online course starts on October 25, 2016 and will lasts 5 weeks. In addition, there will be two informative sessions on Monday,  October 17th, 2016. TAGLINES … Continue reading

St. Lucia Commits to Solar Power


PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has a target of generating 35% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. This pristine island currently depends on dirty diesel generators for power, but has ambitious goals to revolutionize its economy with solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Solar represents the easiest attainable resource, and Saint Lucia is already famous for its sunshine, which draws visitors from around the world.

To mark the start of its own renewable revolution, the Government of Saint Lucia has partnered with the non-profit Solar Head of State to install solar panels on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House. Solar Head of State’s mission is to help world leaders to role-models in environmental stewardship by encouraging the adoption of solar PV on prominent government buildings. Saint Lucia’s officials first announced their intention to install the panels on the Government House at the Paris COP21 Climate Conference in December 2015.

Saint Lucia’s recently appointed Minister, with responsibility for Renewable Energy, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert, said, “The commitment of Saint Lucia to transit from dependence on fossil fuels to more renewable sources of energy is demonstrated here by this project to install solar panels at the Governor General’s official residence.”

The plan will also help to reduce energy costs for citizens of Saint Lucia which, like most island nations, suffers from astronomically high electricity costs that hinder economic development. The government, in collaboration with the local electricity utility LUCELEC, is currently completing the bidding process on its first utility scale installation, a 3MW solar PV facility that will power 5-8% of the national energy demand.

Solar Head of State assembled an international consortium of project donors from across the clean energy sector to carry out the project. Major contributions were received from California-based solar installation company Sungevity and from the California Clean Energy Fund. Panels were donated by manufacturer Trina Solar and inverters from Enphase Energy. Support was also received from Elms Consulting, a London-based strategic consulting firm working to accelerate sustainable development on islands. Australian firms Wattwatchers and Solar Analytics provided system-monitoring expertise and equipment.

The engineering and construction was donated by British Virgin Islands based Free Island Energy; and Saint Lucian company Noah Energy. Strategic partners include the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Carbon War Room, and the Clinton Climate Initiative.

“This is a terrific opportunity to help grow the local economy and create local jobs. Free Island Energy and Noah Energy trained local trades to build this project, and now there are trained solar technicians in Saint Lucia – keeping money and skilled jobs on the island,” said Marc Lopata, President of Free Island Energy.

Solar Head of State also has won support from globally prominent sustainability and renewable energy champions including high-profile entrepreneur and adventurer, Sir Richard Branson; environmentalist and founder of, Bill McKibben; and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, who became the first 21st century solar head of state when he put an 11.5kW solar system on his Presidential Palace in 2010.

Sir Richard Branson, a long-time supporter of Caribbean efforts to use renewable energy commented “It’s wonderful to see this type of leadership for a cleaner and brighter future in this region that I love so much – and from a small island too! Congratulations, Saint Lucia and Solar Head of State on this fantastic initiative that sends a positive and strong message to the world.”

Danny Kennedy, author of ‘Rooftop Revolution’ and Sungevity co-founder, played a key role in both the installation of solar on Nasheed’s Presidential Palace in the Maldives in 2010, and in pressing President Obama to bring solar back to The White House in 2011. Now he hopes this campaign will go global and world leaders everywhere will take the initiative to install solar on their residences.

“There will be a time when not using solar will be unthinkable for any elected leader, and it is closer than many people think,” said Kennedy. “Once they get the opportunity to have rooftop solar, people love it. But at the start of the solar uptake process, support from governments and leadership by example from political leaders is vital to building early momentum.”

“That’s why the example being set by the Government of Saint Lucia to accelerate the adoption of clean energy in the Caribbean, is so important. It’s one roof today, but will be many over the years ahead. The rooftop revolution has come to Saint Lucia.”

Starting with Saint Lucia, Solar Head of State’s smart solar roll-out is focused on five small states in the Caribbean this year and early next year. Then the campaign will be looking further afield to Asia and the Pacific islands towards the end of 2017 and beyond.

See photos of Solar Head of State here.


Solar Head of State

James Ellsmoor – Email:; Phone : +1 919 338 4564 / +1 758 722 8404

Maya Doolub

+44 7817 638 324

Government of Saint Lucia

Permanent Secretary Sylvester Clauzel

+1 758 468 5840 / +1 758 720 3119

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