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.
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.