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GCF Bahamas Readiness I Toolkit Launch

Dr Colin Young hails USAID-CCAP Project a Tremendous Success

PRESS RELEASE(City of Belmopan, Belize; November 20, 2020.)  – Dr Colin Young, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) has lauded the USAID for assisting with climate change adaptation in nine countries in the Eastern and South Caribbean.

During his address at the official closing ceremony of a USD10 million Project held virtually on Wednesday November 18, 2020, Dr Young credited the success of the project to the exceptional partnership between USAID, the 5Cs, and other key stakeholders such as the meteorological offices of the Participating Member States.

“I must acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of our many country focal points and colleagues and all of our regional and international partners such as CIMH, NOAA, Sutron, Maya Island Air, CARICOM Secretariat, and others who will continue to play vital roles in our ongoing resilience building efforts”, Dr Young said. 

The project, he noted was designed to mitigate a number of barriers that continue to hinder the Region’s access to climate change finance and its ability to improve the climate resilience of its people.

Emphasising the multifaceted nature of investments under the project, the Executive Director reasoned that “the CCAP was based on the premise that for climate change impacts to be sustainably addressed within the Caribbean, an integrated system able to produce climate change data must be incorporated into all levels of decision-making, and utilizing climate data for decision-making is one of the core mandates of the 5Cs.”

Through the project, the 9 Participating States of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname each received equipment for climate information digitization and the establishment of six data nodes; the expansion of the regional modelling and data capture network through the installation of five Coral Reef Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Stations; in addition to Automatic Weather Stations (AWS). The project also purchased an airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system, which Dr Young described as a proud acquisition of the Centre – that will be used to gather accurate climate data to assist Caribbean governments with more comprehensive planning.

The closing ceremony was also addressed by Mr. Joaquin Monserrate, Deputy Chief of Mission for U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados; Mr. Mark Cullinane, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana; Her Excellency Karen Williams, US Ambassador to Suriname; and Assistant Secretary General of the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr Douglas Slater.

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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.

PRESS RELEASE: CCCCC and USAID successfully conclude US$10 million Climate Change Adaptation Program in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC)

Dr. Kenrick Leslie, first Executive Director of CCCCC, and Mr. Christopher Cushing, Mission Director of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Eastern and Southern Caribbean, at the launch of the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) System, December 2018

November 16, 2020

(CCCCC Press Release 2020/1104)

CCCCC and USAID successfully conclude US$10 million Climate Change Adaptation Program in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC)

(City of Belmopan, Belize) The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre CCCCC) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC), will on Wednesday, November 18, bring the curtains down on the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) – a four-year initiative that benefited nine States in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

CCAP strengthened the adaptive capacity of the region to climate variability with a focus on: improved data capacity necessary for decision-making; modeling of adaptive approaches to water scarcity; and building the institutional capability of countries to develop sound proposals to access international climate financing.

Keynote speakers at the virtual closing ceremony are expected to include: Mr. Joaquin Monserrate, Deputy Chief of Mission for U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados; Mr. Mark Cullinane, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana; Her Excellency Karen Williams, US Ambassador to Suriname; a senior representative of the CARICOM Secretariat; and Dr Colin Young, Executive Director of the CCCCC.

Participants at the closing event will also benefit from presentations on the results of the project, featuring short video clips on key accomplishments.

Head of the Programme Development Management Unit (PDMU) at the Centre, Mr. Keith Nichols estimates that 90 participants from across the Caribbean will participate in the event, in what is expected to be “a celebration of the achievements of the project.”

In highlighting the main achievements, Nichols said that the program funded: “equipment for climate information digitization and the establishment of six data nodes; the expansion of the regional modelling and data capture network through the installation of five Coral Reef Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Stations; fifty Automatic Weather Stations (AWS); training in the use of the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL); and the acquisition of an airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system.” According to Nichols, the LiDAR system is critical to supporting advanced bathymetric and topographic data capture across the region.

The beneficiary Member States included Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.

The project was funded by the USAID with a US$10 million grant.

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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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Regional Energy Dialogue: Session 2- Visions and Innovations, Tuesday 17 November 2020

Next week, the The CARICOM Energy is hosting a four-day Regional Energy Dialogue, a CSEF event, from November 16 to 18, 2020. The series of webinars will draw from the expertise of various stakeholders to provide insight into the actions and strategies through which countries can shift their energy systems away from the traditional, legacy designs to modern, smart and resilient alternatives capable of more effectively supporting their sustainable development needs.

On Tuesday 17th November 2020,  Session 2 will focus Visions and Innovations and will commence at 10:30 AST.

The Executive Directors of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), and Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – Dr. Colin Young, Dr. Gary Jackson and Ms. Elizabeth Riley – will speak about the mandates of their respective institutions in regard to climate actions, sustainable energy implementation and disaster and emergency management, and provide insights on how energy leaders within the Caribbean could make more effective strategic, policy and business decisions about the energy transition.

The session will be hosted by the Executive Director of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), Dr. Cletus Bertin.

In particular, within the theme of CARICOM Energy Month: “A Resilient Community: Energy at the Centre”, the discussions will be forward looking and focused on how countries could deliberately navigate the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of our time to scale and accelerate clean energy and other sustainable solutions.

Register here: https://bit.ly/35gee90

Source: CARICOM Energy

Request for Proposals – Project Design and Feasibility Study, BACSF

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has secured project preparation funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Project Preparation Facility (PPF) to develop a full funding proposal for a project titled, “Building the Adaptive Capacity of Sugarcane Farmers in Northern Belize”.

The CCCCC intends to use part of the proceeds of the grant to contract a Consulting Firm to deliver some of the required studies and shape the final Funding Proposal Application to GCF, i.e. the project design including logic framework and feasibility study including technical, financial and economic analysis. The outputs of this assignment should be aligned with the GCF six investment criteria and requirements for the Funding Proposal Application to the GCF. Bids must be submitted electronically in accordance with the bidding document datasheet to http://www.caribbeanclimate.bz/bid-submission/.

Peruse the following official documents:

Interested firms are required to submit their Technical and Financial Proposal on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Tuesday 15th December 2020.

The CCCCC reserves the right to accept or reject any tender and to annul the process and reject all tenders at any time prior to the contract signature, without thereby incurring any liability.

Request for Applications: Consultancy to conduct KAP Surveys to Develop Awareness Strategies, Intra-ACP GCCA+

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (Expressions of Interest) 

Intra-ACP GCCA PROGRAMME Enhancing Climate Resilience in CARIFORUM Countries.

Intra-ACP GCCA+/SER/008/KAP: Consultancy Opportunity for the conduct of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices surveys related to Climate Variability and Change, and Development of Awareness Strategies

Peruse the official Call for Tender:

Eligible and interested companies are invited to pursue the attached tender notice and submit their applications in accordance with the instructions for submission though the E-Bid Portal of the CCCCC on or before 5:00 PM Belize Time (-6 GMT) on 14th December, 2020.

Opportunity: Gender, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Consultancy Services, Antigua and Barbuda

The Department of Environment (DOE), Antigua and Barbuda is now accepting proposals for consultancy services to conduct gender, environmental and social impact assessments and preparation of key plans to inform the development of a Concept Note for the proposed “Mainstreaming Gender Responsive Financial Resilience to Climate Change in Antigua and Barbuda Project”.

For further information, peruse the official Terms of Reference here.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is on or before 8:00 pm, Thursday November 26, 2020

Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy to Develop Two Concept Notes, Grenada

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), toward the cost of the project titled “Strengthening Institutional and Implementation Capacity for Delivery of Climate Change Investment Projects: Grenada” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the contracting a consultant for the services “ Consultancy to Develop Two (2) Concept Notes, Grenada”.  

Peruse the following official documents:

All suitably qualified Consultants are invited to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) covering the points outlined in the TOR and accompanied by the application documents.

MTCC Caribbean’s Webinar Wednesdays Series

Tune in to the MTCC Caribbean’s Webinar Wednesdays Series on November 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.The inclusion of domestic maritime emissions under Nationally Determined Contributions.

The Speakers are:

  • Mr Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer, Caribbean Community
    Climate Change Centre
  • Mr. Stephan Nanan, Greenhouse Gas Advisor, MTCC Caribbean
  • Captain Sukhjit Singh, Deputy Director and Technical Head, MTCC Caribbean
  • Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh, Head, Multilateral Environmental Agreements Ministry of Planning and Development, Environmental Policy and Planning Division
  • Mrs. Suzette Balkaran, Energy Efficiency Advisor, MTCC Caribbean

Register for the Webinar here.

Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy to develop a Funding Proposal for GCF 3R CREWS, Barbados

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has secured project preparation funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Project Preparation Facility (PPF) to develop a full funding proposal for a project titled, “The R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) for Climate Resilience Wastewater Systems in Barbados (3R-CReWS)” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the contracting of consultant for the services “Consultancy to develop a Funding Proposal for submission to the Green Climate Fund for the 3R-CReWS Project_Barbados.”

Peruse the following official documents:

All suitably qualified Consultants are invited to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) covering the points outlined in the TOR and accompanied by the application documents listed in the TOR.

The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Monday, 30th November, 2020.

Private Sector Engagement, Investment and Funding in The Bahamas

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the Ministry of Environment and Housing, The Bahamas, is hosting a virtual ‘Private Sector Engagement, Investment and Funding in the Bahamas’ training with funding from the Green Climate Fund Bahamas Readiness Support II on November 10 – 12, 2020. 

The Government of The Bahamas’ continues to strengthen its capacity to further engage with the Green Climate Fund. Private-sector development remains a high priority for The Bahamas, and is part of the government’s latest policy document, Vision 2040: The National Development Plan for The Bahamas. In this document, the government notes the urgent need for economic change and to achieve more public-private synergies. To assist in driving the much-needed reform, readiness resources will be used to engage and mobilise the local private sector through three distinct phases: Phase 1 – The Diagnosis/ Barrier Analysis; Phase 2 – The National Conversation i.e., convening a Public-Private Dialogue Forum; and Phase 3 – Elaboration of a clear plan to accelerate climate action through strengthened partnership and capacity building to design and implement transformative projects.  

The Public-Private Dialogue Forum is aimed at unlocking the private sector’s potential to contribute to green growth in The Bahamas. Specifically, the forum will:  

  1. Reflect on the role, relevance, and interest of private sector entities in various areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation financing.  
  2. Recognise the contributions of private sector actors to green growth in The Bahamas  
  3. Raise awareness among private sector actors on GCF procedures and opportunities, including the Private Sector Facility.  
  4. Endorse the roadmap/action plan for strengthening public-private partnerships in driving climate action in The Bahamas

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