Belmopan, Belize; June 13, 2015 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre launched a four country Coastal Protection Project Sensitization Meeting on Monday, June 16 which will run until Tuesday, June 30. The Coastal Protection Project aims to reduce the ‘Climate change induced risks for the coastal population of Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean’ primarily through ecosystem-based adaptation projects in four target countries. Members of the press are therefore invited to attend the sensitization meetings to be held consecutively in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (June 16th to June 19th), Grenada (June 22nd to June 23rd), Saint Lucia (June 25th to June 26th), and Jamaica (June 29th to June 30th).
The meetings will each be held over a two day period (except Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) and are geared at achieving two main objectives:
To confirm governance arrangements with the target governments as they will each play a role in the overall direction for the Coastal Protection Project as well as support the specific interventions being proposed and implemented in their respective countries.
To build awareness of potential beneficiaries of the funding opportunity under the Coastal Protection Project (soon to be launched via call for proposals, slated for July 2015) and the specifics on how to participate.
A wide range of entities are eligible to respond to the call for proposals, namely governments, NGOs, CBOs and the private sector. The two day sensitization meetings scheduled for the next two weeks will take place in two sessions:
The first day of meetings will include discussions with relevant ministries, departments and agencies and will also offer the Project Team a better understanding of national priorities. This is a key feature in the call for proposals grant scheme as all projects to be funded must be aligned with national priorities and be endorsed by government.
The second day of meetings will include interactions with potential beneficiaries and will focus on sharing the parameters of the grant scheme, exploring features such as priorities to be supported, eligibility, grant size, and implementation duration. It is also an opportunity for these potential beneficiaries to ask questions that may be related to their specific project concepts.
Under this German Development Bank (KFW) funded initiative, which is being executed by the CCCCC, successful proposals can access grants of US$300, 0000 to US$600, 000 for projects consistent with the overall Coastal Protection Project, for durations of up to 30 months.
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.