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Vacancy- Communication Specialist

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is seeking a Communication Specialist to support the Centre in the planning, collecting, crafting and disseminating informational material on the work of the Centre and its projects, programs and plans. This position will be financed, in the first instance, through a grant secured from the United States Government (USG) via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims at ensuring that the messages being disseminated lead to more effective strategies, plans and programs for building resilience within the Caribbean to plan for and react to climate change.

Estimated Timeline of Position: Two (2) years in the first instance with the possibility of renewal.

Location: The successful candidate will be located in Belize, with travel to Member States as necessary..

Start Date: The Successful applicant will be expected to commence work immediately on appointment.

Remuneration: An attractive package awaits the successful candidate.

Peruse the official Terms of Reference.

Deadline for the submission of applications is no later than Monday, Janaury 2, 2017.

Interested and eligible applicants must send an email or otherwise submit: a) An expression of interest (Cover letter), b) Curriculum Vitae, c) Reference letters from the most recent employers d) Information demonstrating the experience and competence.

To: Ms. Ethlyn Valladares
Human Resource Administrator
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
Lawrence Nicholas Bldg
Ring Road
Belmopan City
Belize, C.A.
Phone: + (501) 822-1094 or 1104

Tender for the Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received financing from the United States Agency for International Development/Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC) for the implementation of the project “Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP)” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards payment under the contract for the Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations, Contract #12/2016/USAID-ESC/CCCCC.

Peruse the official tender dossier.

Tenders must be submitted using the format and instructions included in the tender dossier, which must be strictly observed.

Interested and eligible bidders may obtain further information from Ms. Allison Williams, Procurement Officer, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Email:, between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Deadline for submission of tenders is at 2:00 p.m. Belize time (GMT-6) on Monday, January 16, 2017. Any tender received after this deadline will not be considered.

Tender opening session is 2:15 p.m. on January 16, 2017 at the following location:

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre,
Second Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building,
Ring Road, Belmopan,Belize.

Bioenergy course modules available now!

BioEnergy Course

We are pleased to announce the publication of a collection of renewable energy resources is now available on the Centre’s website under the Education tab Online Bioenergy Course. The resources, including reference books, modules, exams and exercises, were crafted and used in our inaugural BIOENERGY course. The comprehensive course was offered in Belize by the Centre in cooperation with GIZ Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) in August 2016 at no cost to participants.

Background on Bioenergy Course

Since it was established in 2013, the REETA Project has been based in the CARICOM Energy Unit. The Project is being financed by the German technical agency, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH). 

Macro level

The project aims to strengthen the Energy Unit's coordinating capacity, and support the improvement of the general regional and political framework for renewable energies and energy efficiency. 

Meso level

The programme supports the further development of technical institutes and promote their regional networking across the education sector, as well as, "sector-crossing" with industry. The iniative seeks to expand and provide trainings and continuing education in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency at universities and technical institutions across the Caribbean. At the micro level, the program promotes model projects, including bioenergy with high visibility and replicability. 

Overall project objective 

The initiative contributes to securing the Caribbean's energy supply and stabilize energy costs. 


Bioenergy is one of the project’s main focuses and REETA has already financed a biogas laboratory in Belize, and further trainings ar eplanned to enable its sustainable usage and enhance knowledge about bioenergy.

See related article: Successful Implementation of Bioenergy Course

SAVE THE DATE-Caribbean Urban Forum 2017 (CUF7)- [GREEN] Energy, Economy and Space-May 17th-19th, 2017

For more information and update, visit: Belize Association of Planners.

B2B Waste to Energy and Renewable Energy Fair

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in Partnership with GIZ and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) project hosted Belize’s First B2B Waste to Energy and Renewable Energy Fair at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, in Belize City on the 9th November, 2016. The presentation of the “Potential Study on Producible biogas and … Continue reading

Eastern and Southern Caribbean Countries to benefit from a new US$25.6 million Climate Change Adaptation Program

Welcome Address by Sharon Lindo, Policy Advisor, CCCCC

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; November 22, 2016 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the United States Agency for International Development for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID)/ESC launched the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) today, November 22, 2016, at the CCCCC’s headquarters in Belmopan, Belize. The CCAP, which will be implemented by the CCCCC, commits US$25.6 million over four (4) years to boost climate resilient development and reduce climate change induced risks to human and natural assets in ten (10) countries. The beneficiary countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.

USAID’s Chief of Mission, Christopher Cushing, the wide array of stakeholders in attendance at the program launch stated that, “this partnership seeks to reduce the risks to human and natural assets resulting from climate variability in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. We will work together with the 5Cs to create an integrated system to sustainably adapt to climate change in the ECS.

The climate resilient development initiative contributes to a coherent regional effort to tackle climate change induced challenges in the Caribbean. It builds upon both USAID’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean Regional Development Cooperative Strategy, which is addressing 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.

“Our helping communities and government manage their water sources or sometimes, the lack thereof, is encouraging the private sector and others to adopt renewable energy approaches while working with governments so they can develop the right frameworks and policies to encourage the uptake of renewable,” states Cushing.

The Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Kenrick Leslie, added that the Program shows the value of partnership for capacity building and realising tangible outcomes.

He noted that “donor countries stand with us side by side because they recognized the need for an institution that would help lead the way to address the issues of climate change and sea level rise. While CCAP is a program to help the Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries, it is helping the Centre to have the skills that will help us to propel the needs of our region in developing programmes to meet our obligations.”

Peruse the Climate Change Adaptation Program’s Project Brief

See photos from the signing ceremony here.

Hon. Omar Figueroa’s address in Marrakech urges, “COP22 must deliver.”

The following is a statement by Hon. Omar Figueroa, Belize’s Minister of State, Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 12th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto … Continue reading

Day 3 – COP 22

On Wednesday, 9 November, delegates reflected on Trump’s US election victory and implications for the Paris Agreement and domestic US policy. The COP youth constituency expressed their frustration and outrage with the result.

Members of civil society lament the victory of a “climate denier” in the US presidential elections and call on all people to assume greater responsibility for climate action


On Wednesday, the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, convened for its third day. In the morning, plenaries for the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) and COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) resumed to open substantive agenda items.

In the afternoon, contact groups for the COP and CMP met, including on finance. Informal consultations for the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) convened throughout the day.

Credit: IISD and ENV

Day 2 – COP22

Countries met in informal groups to discuss the details needed to operationalize the Paris Agreement. Earth Information Day took place on Tuesday. The aim is to link the work of the science community with the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Members of civil society advocate for investing in climate justice

On Tuesday, the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, convened. In the morning, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) met in a contact group to discuss all its substantive agenda items, and the joint COP/CMP plenary resumed to hear statements.

Several contact groups and informal consultations under the SBI, SBSTA and APA convened throughout the day. The APA met in informal consultations on: further guidance in relation to the mitigation section of decision 1/CP.21 (the Paris outcome); modalities, procedures and guidelines for the transparency framework for action and support; matters relating to the global stocktake; modalities and procedures for the effective operation of the committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance; and further matters related to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The COP Presidency also held informal consultations on the first session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).

Credit: IISD and ENV

UN Climate Change Conference Opens with Calls for Implementation and Amplification of Paris Agreement

The Marrakech Climate Change Conference commenced three days after the Paris Agreement entered into force. In a press conference preceding its opening, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said that dialogue and decisions in Marrakech have “immense potential” to “accelerate and amplify” the response to the climate challenge outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Espinosa encouraged public and private sector leaders and citizens alike to follow the Marrakech proceedings and build momentum to meet interlinked climate and sustainable development challenges.

On Monday, 7 November, delegates gathered for the opening ceremony of the conference. The meeting includes the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12).

COP 21/CMP 11 President Ségolène Royal, France, described COP 22 as an “African COP” and called for climate justice for the continent. Espinosa emphasized that realizing the Paris Agreement’s goals is not a given, and stressed the need for: adaptation support and progress on the loss and damage mechanism; integration of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) into national policies and investment plans; capacity building; predictable finance to catalyze low-emission development; and full engagement of non-party stakeholders.

COP 21/CMP 11 President Ségolène Royal, France, described COP 22 as an “African COP” and called for climate justice for the continent.

Plenaries of the COP, CMP, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) then convened. SBSTA and SBI contact groups and informal consultations also met in the afternoon.

During the COP plenary, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Morocco, after being elected COP 22/CMP 12 President by acclamation, said the conference represented Africa’s commitment to climate action, and called for finalizing support mechanisms for the Paris Agreement. Parties then adopted the COP agenda with the agenda item on the second review of the adequacy of Convention Articles 4.2 (a) and (b) (developed countries’ mitigation) held in abeyance and Turkey’s request to include an item, on access to support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) under the Paris Agreement by parties whose special circumstances are recognized by the COP, left pending under other matters. On the organization of work, inter alia, COP President Mezouar reported an emerging understanding on the provisional agenda for the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1). He suggesting that the CMA could adopt, as a procedural conclusion, the continuance of its work either in 2017 or 2018.

The CMP convened briefly, but was then suspended.

During the SBSTA opening plenary, delegates adopted the agenda and addressed agenda items on, among other things: development and transfer of technologies, and the Joint annual report of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the CTCN; methodological issues under the Convention, specifically bunker fuels; and modalities for the accounting of financial resources provided and mobilized through public interventions in accordance with Paris Agreement article 9.7 (transparent and consistent information on support for developing country Parties).

During the SBI opening plenary, the provisional agenda and organization of work were adopted, with the sub-item on information contained in national communications from non-Annex I Parties held in abeyance. Following opening statements, the SBI: heard reports from the Adaptation Committee and the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM); addressed reporting from Annex I and non-Annex I parties; and briefly took up matters relating to, inter alia, least developed countries (LDCs) and to Kyoto Protocol mechanisms, administrative, financial and institutional matters, and Article 6 of the Convention.

In the APA opening plenary, parties agreed to consider the COP’s request to undertake preparatory work so that the Adaptation Fund may serve the Paris Agreement under the agenda item on preparing for the convening of CMA 1. The APA then heard opening statements from governments and other stakeholders. [IISD RS Coverage of COP 22] [UNFCCC Press Release] [UN Press Release] [Statement of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary]

Many side events also took place throughout the day. During a session on improving measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for agricultural emission reductions in the livestock sector using a bottom-up approach, participants from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Uruguay discussed experiences in their countries. At an event on synergizing international climate finance, market mechanisms and philanthropy, panelists discussed, inter alia, the role of market mechanisms in financing conditional elements of NDCs, Viet Nam’s Green Growth Strategy, and patterns and expectations of governance networks for NDCs.

Participants to an event on urgencies in climate research following the Paris Agreement highlighted, among other things, research on the carbon cycle, weather changes and habitability; interdisciplinary thinking; and the impacts of warming on the availability of fresh water resources. Other side events focused on: understanding national adaptation plan (NAP) and NDC linkages in the Philippines; Refinement to the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories; and loss and damage perspectives and options. [IISD RS Coverage of Side Events]

During a side event on 21st century regional climate in a warming world, speakers underscored that modeling helps to translate science into guidance for policymakers. They pointed out a knowledge gap on dust storms and hurricanes in Africa and discussed the relationship between temperature change, precipitation, human migration, crop choice and crop yields in South Africa. [IISD RS Coverage of US Center Events]

The Marrakech Conference Information Hub provides an overview of the Conference. It includes links to the webpages for the negotiating bodies, the high-level segment, the venue and logistics, exhibits and side events, mandated and other events, and news and media. [Marrakech Conference Information Hub]

Credit: SDG Knowledge Hub and IISD

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Welcome Address by Sharon Lindo, Policy Advisor, CCCCC

Christopher Cushing, Chief of Mission, USAID

Dr. Kenrick Leslie's address

Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director, CCCCC

Signing of Agreement

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