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Request for Proposals: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Preparation of an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP)

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received funds from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the purpose of implementing the project “Arundo Donax Renewable Bio-Mass Fuel for Belize” and intends to apply a part of the proceeds towards payments for the Contract “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Preparation of an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) – Contract# 09/2018  /GCF /Belize/CCCCC”.

Peruse the following official documents:

The CCCCC now invites firms to submit proposals to provide services for the same.
Deadline for the submission of proposals on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Friday 14 December 2018.

Vacancies – PACT: Two Consultancies

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 Consulting Firms to indicate their interest in providing the services for available consultancies (Development of a Forest Reference Emission Level or Forest Reference Level of Belize and Project Officer for the REDD+ Readiness Project in Belize).

Peruse the official advertisements:

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. (local Belize time) on Tuesday 27th November 2018.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday 4th December 2018.

For further information and clarification, please send email to redd.procurement.officer@pactbelize.org.

CCCCC begins handover of data collection devices

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; November 15 – On Wednesday November 14, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) began its handover of data collection devices purchased with funding from the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID CCAP) to nine countries in the eastern Caribbean.

Executive Director Dr. Kenrick Leslie and officials from USAID Eastern and Southern Office (USAID ESO) handed over the first of the 50 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) and the 5 Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) to the government St Vincent and the Grenadines at a ceremony held at the Argyle International Airport.

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Under the project, one AWS and one CREWS station were installed in SVG. St. Lucia and Grenada also received one each AWS and CREWS station; two AWS and one CREWS were installed in St Kitts, while four AWS and one CREWS station were installed in Antigua.

Automatic Weather Station installed in Antigua

Other beneficiaries are Guyana with 21 AWS, Suriname with 16 and the CIMH in Barbados with three. These data collection devices are to enhance the region’s ability to monitor Marine and Terrestrial Environmental parameters to provide more reliable climate and climate change data.

More than US$3 million dollars were spent under USAID CCAP to enhance the region’s data collection capabilities as the Centre and its partners seek to build the Caribbean’s resilience to climate variability and change.

The marine and land-based data gathering systems were installed with assistance from the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the governments of recipient countries. The CIMH has responsibility for maintenance under an agreement with the Centre.

The new CREWS data buoys provide Caribbean scientists and researchers with marine data that allow them to monitor reef health, sea temperature changes, winds (speed and gusts), barometric pressure, precipitation, photo-synthetically active/available radiation (PAR, light), air temperature, and salinity. Other instruments may be added through arrangement with the host countries. The AWS’ collection of critical data to support climate services and climate change modelling in the region by improving the monitoring and collection of environmental variables including temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, atmospheric pressure and rainfall.

The systems are critical tools for building resilience, providing data to support climate and climate change science and information to aid decision makers. USAID CCAP supports activities that are critical for the successful implementation of climate change adaptation strategies across the Caribbean.

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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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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.

Flickr Photos

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