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

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 and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards contracts for consulting services titled “ESD National Coordinator/Consultant, Belize.”

Peruse the following official documents:

– Expression of Interest

– Terms of Reference

– Contract

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 2:00 pm (GMT-6), Monday, October 2, 2017.

Responses to Queries for Procurement Activity – Consultancy for Capacity Building of (NDA) and Country Strategic Framework Belize and Bahamas

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

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) wishes to provide the following “Responses to Queries for Consultancy for Capacity Building of (NDA) and Country Strategic Framework Belize and Bahamas.

Peruse the following responses here.

Learn more about the Consultancy for Capacity Building of (NDA) and Country Strategic Framework Belize and Bahamas.

Deadline for Submission of bidding documents is on or before 2:00 pm (GMT-6) on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Consultancy for Capacity Building of National Designated Authority (NDA) and Country Strategic Framework, Belize and the Bahamas

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received funds from the Green Climate Fund  (GCF) for the purpose of implementing the project “GCF Readiness Preparation Support Project for the Enhancement of Belize and the BahamasCapacity to Access and Deliver International Climate Finance through  Targeted Institutional Strengthening” and intends to apply a part of the  proceeds towards payments for the Contract “Consultancy for  Capacity Building of National Designated Authority (NDA) and Preparation  of Country Strategic Framework, Belize and the Bahamas ”.

Interested and eligible bidders may obtain further information from,

Ms. Allison Williams,
Procurement Officer (ag),
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC),
Email: procurement@caribbeanclimate.bz,

between the hours of 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday through Friday, and inspect the Bidding Documents at: http://caribbeanclimate.bz/opportunities/consultancy-for-capacity-building-of-national-designated-authority-nda-and-country-strategic-framework-belize-and-the-bahamas.html
 
Deadline for the submission of bidding documents is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6) on Wednesday, 6th September  2017.

Climate Scientists Use Forecasting Tools to Protect Caribbean Ways of Life

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 7 2017 (IPS) – Since 2013, Jamaica’s Met Office has been using its Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) to forecast ‘below average’ rainfall or drought across the island. The tool has allowed this northern Caribbean island to accurately predict several dry periods and droughts, including its most destructive episode in 2014 when an estimated one billion dollars in agricultural losses were incurred due to crop failures and wild fires caused by the exceptionally dry conditions.

In neighbouring Cuba, the reputation of the Centre for Atmospheric Physics at the Institute for Meteorology (INSMET) is built on the development of tools that “provide reliable and timely climate and weather information” that enables the nation to prepare for extreme rainfall and drought conditions as well as for hurricanes.

“We saw the need to develop a drought tool that was not only easy to use, but free to the countries of the Caribbean so they would not have to spend large amounts of money for software.” –INSMET’s Dr. Arnoldo Bezamilla Morlot

Regional scientists believe the extended dry periods are one of several signs of climate change, now being experienced across the region. Dr. Ulric Trotz, Deputy Director and Science Adviser at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) – known regionally as the Five Cs – believes climate change is threatening the “Caribbean’s ways of life”.

Dr Trotz noted, “Some countries in the Caribbean like Barbados and Antigua are inherently water scarce. It is expected that climate change will exacerbate this already critical situation. We have seen in recent times the occurrence of extended droughts across the Caribbean, a phenomenon that is expected to occur more frequently in the future.

“Droughts have serious implications across all sectors – the water, health, agriculture, tourism -and already we are seeing the disastrous effects of extended droughts throughout the Caribbean especially in the agriculture sector, on economies, livelihoods and the wellbeing of the Caribbean population,” he said.

With major industries like fisheries, tourism and agriculture already impacted, the region continues to look for options. Both the Cuban and Jamaican experiences with forecasting tools means their use should be replicated across the Caribbean, Central and South America as scientists look for ways to battle increasingly high temperatures and low rainfall which have ravaged the agricultural sector and killed corals across the region.

Charged with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)’s mandate to coordinate the region’s response to climate change, the ‘Five Cs’ has been seeking financial support investigating and pooling regional resources to help countries cope with the expected impacts since its birth in 2004. These days, they are introducing and training regional planners in the application and use of a suite of tools that will help leaders make their countries climate-ready.

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St Lucian government officers becoming familiar with tools at a recent workshop in St Lucia. As part of the training, they will use the tools to assess planned developments and weather conditions over six months to provide data and information which could be used for a variety of projects. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS

The experts believe that preparing the region to deal with climate change must include data collection and the widespread use of variability, predictability and planning tools that will guide development that mitigate the impacts of extreme climatic conditions.

The recent Caribbean Marine Climate Report card reflects the findings of the latest Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, pointing to the need for countries to ramp up their adaptation strategies. Both highlight the many significant risks climate change is expected to bring to regional economies that depend heavily on eco-systems based industries; where major infrastructure are located along the coasts and where populations are mainly poor.

The report points to the threats to biodiversity from coral bleaching; rising sea temperature and more intense storms which could destroy the region’s economy, and in some cases inundate entire communities.

The tools not only allow the users to generate country specific forecast information, they allow Met Officers, Disaster Managers and other critical personnel to assess likely impacts of climatic and extreme weather events on sectors such as health, agriculture and tourism; on critical infrastructure and installations as well as on vulnerable populations.

Training is being rolled out under the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) in countries of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). CCAP was designed to build on both USAID’s Regional Development Cooperative Strategy which addresses development challenges in the countries in that part of the region, as well as the CCCCC’s Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to a Changing Climate and its associated Implementation Plan, which have been endorsed by the Heads of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

Regional experts and government officers working in agriculture, water resources, coastal zone management, health, physical planning and disaster risk reduction from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago are being taught to use a variety of tools.

The program aims to build resilience in the development initiatives of the countries as they tackle climate change-induced challenges, which are already being experienced by countries of the region.

At a recent workshop in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, trainees were confident that the tools could become critical to their developmental goals. St Lucian metrological forecaster Glen Antoinne, believes the tools could be “useful for St Lucia because they are directly related to our ability to forecast any changes in the climate”.

He looks forward to his government’s adoption of, in particular, the weather tools to  “support the climatology department in looking at trends, forecasting droughts and to help them to determine when to take action in policy planning and disaster management”.

The tools work by allowing researchers and other development specialists to use a range of climatic data to generate scientific information and carry out analysis on the likely impacts in the individual countries of the region. They are open source, to remove the need for similar expensive products being used in developed world, but effective, said INSMET’s Dr. Arnoldo Bezamilla Morlot.

“We saw the need to develop a drought tool that was not only easy to use, but free to the countries of the Caribbean so they would not have to spend large amounts of money for software,” he said.

“The more countries use the data, the more information that is available for countries and region to use,” Morlot continued, pointing out that the data is used to generate the information that then feeds into the decision making process.

CCAP also includes activities aimed at the expansion of the Coral Reef Early Warning System for the installation of data gathering buoys in five countries in the Eastern Caribbean providing data which, among other things will be used for ecological forecasts on coral bleaching and other marine events.

The project also provides for the strengthening of the hydro meteorological measurement systems in participating countries. This will allow for better monitoring of present day weather parameters and for generating data to feed into the climate models and other tools.

Among the tools being rolled out under the project are the Caribbean Assessment Regional DROught (CARiDRO) tool; the Caribbean Weather Generator, and the Tropical Storm Model which were designed to help experts to develop scenarios of future climate at any given location and to use these to more accurately forecast the impacts, and inform mitigating actions.

There are accompanying web portals and data sets that were developed and are being introduced to help countries to enhance their ability to reduce the risks of climate change to natural assets and populations in their development activities.

These online resources are designed to provide locally relevant and unbiased climate change information that is specific to the Caribbean and relevant to the region’s development. Their integration into national planning agendas across the region is being facilitated through regional and country workshops to ensure effective decision-making while improving climate knowledge and action.

“The resulting information will help leaders make informed decisions based on the projections and forecasting of likely levels of impact on their infrastructure and economies,” Lavina Alexander from St Lucia’s Department of Sustainable Development noted, pointing to that country’s recent experiences with hurricanes and extreme rainfall events.

As one of the tool designers, Morlot believes that by providing free access to the tools, the project is ensuring that “more countries will begin to collect and use the data, providing regional scientists with the ability to make more accurate forecasts of the region’s climate.”

Putting all the information and tools in one place where it is accessible by all will be good for the region, he said.

Credit: Inter Press Service News Agency

Guyana’s Model Green Town Reflects Ambitious National Plan

BARTICA, Guyana, Aug 3 2017 (IPS) – At the head of Guyana’s Essequibo River, 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the town of Bartica. Considered the gateway to Guyana’s interior, the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the forests mining gold and diamonds.

Under a new project, Bartica is to benefit from the installation of a 20Kwp grid connected Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system at the 3-Mile Secondary School along with the installation of energy efficient lighting, as well as light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting.

The implementation of the J-CCCP supports the government’s commitment to transitioning to the use of 100 percent renewable energy in public institutions by 2025.

The Ministry of the Presidency (MotP), through the Office of Climate Change, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) in Bartica earlier this month.

The Partnership, which is being funded by the Government of Japan to the tune of 15 million dollars, supports countries in advancing the process of improving energy security planning for adaptation to climate change.

Head of the Office of Climate Change within the Ministry of the Presidency Janelle Christian said the partnership comes at an opportune time as it helps to advance the vision of President David Granger for Bartica to be developed as a model ‘green’ town.

“The J-CCCP project and the support that Guyana has been benefiting from and continues to benefit from is set within the framework of the ‘Green’ State Development Strategy (GSDS)… The pilot initiative that will be implemented in Bartica is a direct response to the President’s pronouncement on Bartica becoming the first model ‘green’ town,” she said.

The GSDS provides a framework for national development plans and policies for climate action.

Christian said that the implementation of the J-CCCP supports the government’s commitment to transitioning to the use of 100 percent renewable energy in public institutions by 2025.

“These initiatives have to date, through budgetary support and also resources that we have been able to leverage through our development partners, already started taking effect,” she said.

“The project here in Bartica is not unique to Bartica but it is part of that national programme where we would’ve already seen through the leadership of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) some schools being installed with photovoltaic system (PVs).

“Further, under the Ministry of Communities, I believe as part of the initiative for all of the townships, there is and has been budgeted resources for installation of LED street lighting and we felt that those projects must align with those national plans with respect to our achievement and implementation of those commitments that we have made,” Christian added.

United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mikiko Tanaka said that the launching of the Partnership is in line with Guyana’s ‘green’ development trajectory. “The resources will undoubtedly contribute to enhancing Guyana’s and the other seven beneficiary countries’ ability to respond to climate risk and opportunities,” she said.

The partnership is part of a regional initiative that was officially launched in January 2016 and has been implemented in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and now Guyana.

Tanaka explained that the partnership is part of the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it relates to the climate action.

“The achievements from this project would ultimately support Guyana’s pursuit of evolving into a ‘green’ state, as it fosters a platform for collaborative efforts . . . the project allows for the adaptation and implementation of mitigation and adaptation technologies, which gives Guyana the flexibility to identify, develop and implement demonstration pilot projects that seek to address significant climate related ramifications,” she said.

Meanwhile, Programme Specialist at the UNDP, Dr. Patrick Chesney said that the partnership is an important response that emphasizes partnership between a developed country and developing countries.

“This is an ambitious response, and we must match that ambition with our energy with our passion and with knowledge.  Guyana is the second greenest country on this earth, so the move towards establishing a green state is simply putting in place the architecture, the mechanisms and ensuring that all we do is contributing to making and keeping Guyana green,” Chesney said.

Additionally, Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall praised the organisations for implementing the Partnership in the community, which he said demonstrates the Government’s interest in developing the township of Bartica.

“It is most importantly a visionary council that was elected by the people for the development of Bartica, we are committed to serve, we were elected to serve and that’s what we will do, and these projects of course will bring about major transformation to the township of Bartica,” Marshall said.

Project Manager Yoko Ebisawa said the J-CCCP is designed to strengthen the capacity of countries in the Caribbean to invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies, as prioritised in their Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

These technologies will help reduce the dependence on fossil fuel imports, setting the region on a low-emission development path; as well as improve the region’s ability to respond to climate risks and opportunities in the long-run, through resilient development approaches that go beyond disaster response to extreme events, she said.

The J-CCCP brings together policy makers, experts and representatives of communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technology incubation and diffusion. By doing so, the partnership aims to ensure that barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies are addressed and overcome in a participatory and efficient manner.

As a result, concrete mitigation and adaption will be implemented on the ground, in line with the countries’ long-term strategies. Building upon and supported by the NAMAs and NAPs, the partnership also supports the incubation of climate technology into targeted public sectors, private industries, and community groups and enterprises so that green, low-emission climate-resilient technologies can be tested, refined, adopted, and sustained as practical measures to enhance national, sub-national and community level resilience.

Credit: Desmond Brown, Inter Press Service News Agency

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