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Request for Proposals -Comprehensive Vulnerability and Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study in 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 “Building Blocks for Strengthening the Bahamas Country Programme” and intends to apply a part of the proceeds towards payments for the Contract “Recruitment of Consultancy Firm to Conduct a Comprehensive Vulnerability and Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study in The Bahamas.”

Peruse the following official documents:

The Centre now invites firms to submit proposals to provide services for the “Comprehensive Vulnerability and Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study in The Bahamas.” 

The deadline for submission of Proposals: on or before 2:00 pm (GMT-6) 18 January, 2021.

CARICOM States Declare New Commitments at the Climate Ambition Summit

PRESS RELEASE – (City of Belmopan, Belize; December 14, 2020.) – Seven of the fourteen CARICOM Member States which are parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change delivered statements on Saturday, 12 December 2020, at the Climate Ambition Summit organized by the United Kingdom, France and the United Nations in cooperation with Chile and Italy.   The event was to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement.  The Summit was organized to provide countries with an opportunity to showcase their ambition to address climate change through enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the provision of finance and bold action on adaptation. All Parties had committed to submit updated NDCs in 2020 to limit global warming to as far below 2 degrees Celsius as possible above the pre-industrial level and make efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees.

Barbados’ ambitious announcement of net zero emissions by 2030 was widely praised by the international community. Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley launched her address with the SIDS refrain, “1.5 to Stay Alive”. She noted that global emissions of greenhouse gases continued to rise while the window of opportunity to meet the 1.5-degree target was rapidly closing, referring to one of the conclusions of the landmark IPCC Special Report on 1.5 that emissions had to be cut by 50% by 2030.

Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada expressed disappointment that the COP had failed to welcome that report when it had been issued in 2018. He called on the parties to be more ambitious at COP 26 in 2021 and to finalize the outstanding provisions to operationalize the Paris Agreement. He commended the leadership of the United Kingdom which included a cut of 68% in its emissions by 2030. Grenada’s new NDC included economy wide commitments with the aim of becoming the first climate ready city in the region.

The Honourable Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia noted that the country had committed to reducing their already miniscule emissions through sectoral actions including in the energy sector through legislation that addressed energy generation and the promotion of e-mobility. He also called on the COP to conclude its discussions on transparency and market mechanisms in the Paris Agreement.

Quoting Usain Bolt, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Honourable Andrew Holness said that determination “made the impossible possible”.  Jamaica’s new NDC included new measures to increase deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures as well as reducing emissions in the forestry sector.

His Excellency Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of Suriname noted that his country had been the second to submit a new NDC in December 2019.  He called for the establishment of a global mechanism to access concessional financing and the need to leave no one behind.

Prime Minister of Belize, the Honourable John Briceno, said that Belize’s new NDC would trigger tipping points by reducing 16 million tons of carbon dioxide in forestry and increasing the share of renewable energy generation to 85% by 2030. As the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), he noted the leadership demonstrated by small island States in the quest to achieve the 1.5-degree target.

Antigua and Barbuda will assume the chair of AOSIS in 2021. The island’s Prime Minister, Honourable Gaston Browne welcomed the announcement that the United States would re-enter the Paris Agreement and called on them to join China in demonstrating the leadership required to meet the 1.5-degree goal with a plan of action.

Only 75 countries were provided the opportunity to deliver statements at the Climate Ambition Summit. To have 50% of CARICOM Member States which are parties to the Paris Agreement invited to deliver statements, is a testament to the ambition and determination of the region.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the United Kingdom had organized a CARICOM Moment of Ambition on the eve of the Summit as a prelude to the event.

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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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CARICOM hosts Moment of Ambition to Mark 5th Anniversary of Paris Agreement on Climate Change

(Belmopan, Belize; December 11, 2020.) – On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in partnership with the UK Government hosted the CARICOM Moment of Ambition.  The event was convened to demonstrate continued Small Island Developing States (SIDS) leadership and ambition and to underscore the need for immediate climate action internationally.  Hosting this event prior to the 12 December 2020, Climate Ambition Summit to be hosted by the United Nations, United Kingdom and France to celebrate the Paris Anniversary served to amplify the voice of CARICOM SIDS.

The event featured addresses by Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK Minister for the Commonwealth; Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, Secretary General of CARICOM; and Dr. Colin Young, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).

In his opening address to the Event, Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK Minister for the Commonwealth said:

“As small island states, Caribbean countries are on the frontline of the climate crisis. Their leadership in tackling climate change, even in the face of COVID-19, is an inspiration. I hope at tomorrow’s Climate Ambition Summit, other countries match the innovation, ambition and commitment demonstrated at today’s CARICOM Moment of Ambition Summit.

The UK will use our COP Presidency to accelerate progress, increase global ambition and motivate urgent, targeted action to protect climate-vulnerable countries from the impacts of climate change.”

The CARICOM SG praised Member States for their leadership in articulating ambitious revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).  He noted, however, that SIDS ambition will not get us close to the 1.5 temperature goal and called for increased ambition by the international community. 

In signaling his concern, he noted, “What is also abundantly clear in the five years since Paris is that the Caribbean cannot afford the cost of the catastrophic consequences of climate change. We also cannot afford the cost of adaptation.”

Dr. Colin Young, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in his remarks recalled that when the countries went into Paris in 2015, “the INDCs were a disparate collection of proposed actions, measures, programmes, and policies covering adaptation and mitigation. Some countries had economy-wide targets while others had sector specific targets; many referred to unconditional and conditional measures. Unfortunately, too many Parties submitted un-ambitious INDCs.” “Consequently” he added, “the efforts lacked the level of collective ambition necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees or well below 2 degrees Celsius.”

Expressing hope for a more positive outcome, Dr Young continued: “CARICOM is awaiting, with bated breath, the ambition announcements to be aired at the Climate Ambition Summit celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on December 12, 2020. We expect that other countries, especially the large emitters, will follow the United Kingdom’s strong lead and announce ambitious emissions reduction targets at the Summit. Bold targets will set the proper tone for 2021 and build greater momentum going into COP 26 in Glasgow where Antigua and Barbuda, another CARICOM Member State, will lead the AOSIS team.”

The Event featured presentations by H.E Pearnel Charles Jr, Minister of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica; H.E Silvano Tjong-Ahin, Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment, Suriname;  H.E Simon Stiell, Minister for Climate Resilience, Grenada; andH.E Adrian Forde, Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Barbados on their countries’ NDCs.

H.E Hon. Ramon Cervantes, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration Belize, shared reflections on the accomplishments of Belize during their two-year tenure as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

All Ministerial interventions included pledges of support for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as incoming chair of AOSIS taking over from the Government of Belize, the outgoing chair. The event was rounded out with presentations by the youth – a statement by AOSIS Fellow, Brittany Meighan of Belize, and a Creative Performance by Deneka Thomas, Spoken Word Poet from 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: Consultancy Services For the creation of a Public Service Announcement, Antigua and Barbuda

For more details, peruse the Terms of Reference here.

CLARIFICATIONS #1 – Consultancy to Produce a Project Design and to conduct a detailed Feasibility Study for Building the Adaptive Capacity of Sugarcane Farmers in Northern Belize Preparation Project

Contract#101/2020 GCF/Belize PPF/CCCCC

Date of Issuance: December 9, 2020

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is providing Clarifications to queries received for the “Consultancy to Produce a Project Design and to conduct a detailed Feasibility Study for Building the Adaptive Capacity of Sugarcane Farmers in northern Belize Preparation Project.”

Peruse the following official document:

Please note that the deadline for submission of applications has been extended to on or before 2:00 pm (GMT-6), Friday 18th December, 2020.

For more information, see: Request for Proposals – Project Design and Feasibility Study, BACSF

Climate Change And Health Fellowship Opportunity

The Climate Change and Health Leaders fellowship program will focus on creating a cohort of inter-sectorial, multidisciplinary leaders with the necessary skills to turn plans and policy into action. The goal of the program will be to develop strong, effective Climate Change leadership among government officials, civil society, communities, and private sector, championing and implementing the One Health Approach.

The fellowship application process is now open and will close on the 21st Feb 2021.

Peruse the following documents for information on the fellowship:

Climate Change and Health Fellowship – Description

Climate Change and Health Fellowship – Application Form

This information can also be found at: https://sta.uwi.edu/cchsrd/empowering-caribbean-action-climate-and-health-each

Request For Quotations For LiDAR Insurance Coverage

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is an intergovernmental organization based in Belize under the umbrella of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), whose mandate is to coordinate the Caribbean region’s response to climate change, and work on effective solutions and projects to combat the environmental impacts of climate change and global warming. https://www.caribbeanclimate.bz/

The Centre utilizes a Hydrographic Airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system that includes: dual laser green channel and infrared channel, data recorder and drives, fully integrated IMU/GNSS, fully integrated medium format camera 29Mpx & Trimble GNSS Base. The scope of operation of the LiDAR is the Caribbean Region.

Peruse the following official document: Request for Quote – Proposal for LiDAR Insurance Coverage

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre wins first South America Business Award

(CCCCC Press Release 2020/1108)

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre wins first South America Business Award

(City of Belmopan, Belize; December 4, 2020)  The CCCCC has been awarded the South America Business Award for ‘Climate Change Response Organisation for the Year 2020’. The announcement was made in November by New World Report, an on-line business news platform – described as a vanguard in the latest stories and insights from businesses and enterprises from across the Americas.

The on-line agency launched this award in early 2020 and the 5Cs is the first to win this specific award for climate change response, and is also among the first set of agencies to be conferred winner, being described as “innovative, forward thinking and resilient”.

The award, they explain, is merit-driven and is granted in recognition of hard-working firms and individuals from around the region of the Americas that rise to the top of emerging global markets.

The 5Cs was singled out for “its dedication to customer service, proven expertise in the field of climate change, and its commitment to promoting excellence”. According to the Agency, the selection process is based on “extensive research that is driven by merit and centred on an in depth evaluation of skills and services offered, and is subject to rigorous vetting” by an esteemed panel of reviewers._______________________________________________________________________­_

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: Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat

Applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals of CARICOM / CRFM Member States to fill the position of Deputy Executive Director in the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat with assigned duty station in St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Peruse here for full details of the position.

Applications in English Language with full curriculum details including nationality, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills and/or expertise, language proficiency, list of professional publications, contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three referees (at least two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s work), and other relevant information, should be addressed to:

Executive Director,
CRFM Secretariat,
Belize City,
P.O. Box 642, Belize
and sent by email to: secretariat@crfm.int

The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 January 2021.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in February 2021 to arrange interviews. The position will remain open until filled.

Gender, Environment, Social Impact Consultancy, Antigua and Barbuda – Extended

The Department of Environment, Antigua and Barbuda has extended to the above titled consultancy to Friday, December 11, 2020.

Peruse the Terms of Reference and other details here.

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