PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; August 31, 2017 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), implementing organisation for the United States Agency for International Development Climate Change Adaptation Programme ((USAID CCAP), is hosting the inaugural Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting at the Coco Palm Hotel in St Lucia, August 31 to Sept 1.
The PAC was set up to provide policy guidance on the implementation of the four-year US$25.6-million-dollar project which aims to reduce risks to human and the natural assets of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean resulting from Climate Change.
USAID CCAP was designed to establish and strengthen a system for the implementation and financing of sustainable adaptation approaches in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. The program targets the ten (10) countries included in USAID/ESC’s coverage area.
It comprises representatives from the CCCCC, USAID-Eastern and Southern Caribbean Office, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) as well as representatives of regional participating governments.
USAID CCAP is investing activities that build capacities at the regional, national, and local levels to generate and use climate data and information to influence decision-making; strengthen the regional capacity to assess the economic, social, and technical feasibility of climate change adaptation techniques and support the implementation of suitable projects. It also aims to build capacities within regional and national institutions to access funding from established global funding mechanisms that will aid the region in up scaling and replicating proven climate change adaptation strategies.
USAID CCAP is being implemented in ten countries of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean namely Antigua and Barbuda, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
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.