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Memorable Send Off for Long Serving Executive Director of the CCCCC

(L-R) Dr Kenrick Leslie, First Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, being presented with a plaque of appreciation for his years of service by Dr Colin Young, Executive Director, CCCCC

PRESS RELEASE – (City of Belmopan, Belize; November 26, 2020.The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) saluted its former long-serving Executive Director and pioneer of the Centre, Dr Kenrick Leslie in an appreciation ceremony. Dr Leslie retired earlier this year.

In a 90 minute virtual ceremony held on Wednesday November 25th, 2020, the veteran scientist was honoured with live tributes from Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allan Chastanet; Ambassador Irwin La Roque, Secretary General of the CARICOM Secretariat; Ambassador Selwyn Hart of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC); Dr Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank; Mr Cletus Springer of the Organisation of American States, Dr Colin Young, current  Executive Director of the Centre and several Board Members of the Centre, including Ms UnaMay Gordon, current Chairperson of the Board of Governors.

Among the many accolades Dr Leslie was credited for, are:

  1. Advancing the Climate Change agenda in the Caribbean through partnerships and collaborations;
  2. Building the capacity needed to address and mainstream Climate Change, into the day to day activities of both the private and public sectors;
  3. Supporting the development of a Master’s programme at the University of the West Indies where some 90+ Students have gained the knowledge in the field of climate change and environmental studies;
  4. Establishing a network of hydro-meteorological and oceanographic stations throughout the Caribbean to monitor future climate and weather patterns, and most importantly leading the Centre to acquire  an airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system, a vital piece of equipment used to gather accurate climate data;
  5. Developing a regional policy framework and a suite of tools to guide policy-makers in planning and developing long term climate change programmes. One such tool is the online facility, CCORAL, which allows policy makers to assess climate risks and better plan for mitigation;
  6. Increasing the Centre’s access to climate finance, in a relentless progression that has resulted in the leveraging of USD 260 million dollars; in particular, leading the Centre to be the first Caribbean entity to be accredited to the Green Climate Fund, the largest global funding mechanism, which has enhanced the region’s access to financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation actions;
  7. Advancing and strengthening the Centre’s institutional capacity by supporting the educational and professional development of its personnel

Not only were there live tributes, but a number of pre-recorded tributes flowed in from additional friends, well-wishers and associates of Dr Leslie. These included Ambassador Byron Blake, Professor Michael Taylor, Dr Ulric Trotz, Dr David Farrell, Dr Percival Cho, Ms Patricia Mendoza, and Mr Francesco La Camera.

The appreciation ceremony was attended by over 80 invited guests from around the world representing regional agencies, international agencies, development partners, national governments and the private sector.

During the ceremony, Dr Leslie also received a number of gifts including a sculpture of a pod of dolphins carved by Belizian sculptor, Mr. Raymundo Chi. 

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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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CLARIFICATION #1 – REF: Intra-ACP GCCA+/SER/008/KAP – Consultancy Opportunity for the conduct of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices surveys related to Climate Variability and Change, and Development of Awareness Strategies

CLARIFICATIONS ISSUED TO THE CONTRACT NOTICE: REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
Intra-ACP GCCA+ PROGRAMME Enhancing Climate Resilience in CARIFORUM Countries.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is providing Clarifications to queries received for the ‘Intra-ACP GCCA+/SER/008/KAP: Consultancy Opportunity for the conduct of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices surveys related to Climate Variability and Change, and Development of Awareness Strategies.’

Peruse the following official document:

For more information, see: Request For Applications: Consultancy To Conduct KAP Surveys To Develop Awareness Strategies, Intra- ACP GCCA+

The deadline for submission of applications is on or before 5:00 PM Belize Time (-6 GMT) on 14th December, 2020.

Response to Queries received for the ‘Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy to Develop Two Concept Notes, Grenada.’

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is providing a Response to Queries received for the ‘Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy to Develop Two Concept Notes, Grenada.’

Peruse the following official documents:

Annex III – Grenada Climate Change and Health vulnerability and adaptation assessment

To learn more, see the Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy to Develop Two Concept Notes, Grenada.

The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is on or before 2:00 pm (GMT-6), Friday, 27 November, 2020.

Dr Colin Young hails USAID-CCAP Project a Tremendous Success

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.

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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.

PRESS RELEASE: CCCCC and USAID successfully conclude US$10 million Climate Change Adaptation Program in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC)

Dr. Kenrick Leslie, first Executive Director of CCCCC, and Mr. Christopher Cushing, Mission Director of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Eastern and Southern Caribbean, at the launch of the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) System, December 2018

November 16, 2020

(CCCCC Press Release 2020/1104)

CCCCC and USAID successfully conclude US$10 million Climate Change Adaptation Program in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC)

(City of Belmopan, Belize) The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre CCCCC) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC), will on Wednesday, November 18, bring the curtains down on the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) – a four-year initiative that benefited nine States in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

CCAP strengthened the adaptive capacity of the region to climate variability with a focus on: improved data capacity necessary for decision-making; modeling of adaptive approaches to water scarcity; and building the institutional capability of countries to develop sound proposals to access international climate financing.

Keynote speakers at the virtual closing ceremony are expected to include: 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; a senior representative of the CARICOM Secretariat; and Dr Colin Young, Executive Director of the CCCCC.

Participants at the closing event will also benefit from presentations on the results of the project, featuring short video clips on key accomplishments.

Head of the Programme Development Management Unit (PDMU) at the Centre, Mr. Keith Nichols estimates that 90 participants from across the Caribbean will participate in the event, in what is expected to be “a celebration of the achievements of the project.”

In highlighting the main achievements, Nichols said that the program funded: “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; fifty Automatic Weather Stations (AWS); training in the use of the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL); and the acquisition of an airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system.” According to Nichols, the LiDAR system is critical to supporting advanced bathymetric and topographic data capture across the region.

The beneficiary Member States included Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.

The project was funded by the USAID with a US$10 million grant.

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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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Regional Energy Dialogue: Session 2- Visions and Innovations, Tuesday 17 November 2020

Next week, the The CARICOM Energy is hosting a four-day Regional Energy Dialogue, a CSEF event, from November 16 to 18, 2020. The series of webinars will draw from the expertise of various stakeholders to provide insight into the actions and strategies through which countries can shift their energy systems away from the traditional, legacy designs to modern, smart and resilient alternatives capable of more effectively supporting their sustainable development needs.

On Tuesday 17th November 2020,  Session 2 will focus Visions and Innovations and will commence at 10:30 AST.

The Executive Directors of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), and Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – Dr. Colin Young, Dr. Gary Jackson and Ms. Elizabeth Riley – will speak about the mandates of their respective institutions in regard to climate actions, sustainable energy implementation and disaster and emergency management, and provide insights on how energy leaders within the Caribbean could make more effective strategic, policy and business decisions about the energy transition.

The session will be hosted by the Executive Director of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), Dr. Cletus Bertin.

In particular, within the theme of CARICOM Energy Month: “A Resilient Community: Energy at the Centre”, the discussions will be forward looking and focused on how countries could deliberately navigate the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of our time to scale and accelerate clean energy and other sustainable solutions.

Register here: https://bit.ly/35gee90

Source: CARICOM Energy

Request for Proposals – Project Design and Feasibility Study, BACSF

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has secured project preparation funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Project Preparation Facility (PPF) to develop a full funding proposal for a project titled, “Building the Adaptive Capacity of Sugarcane Farmers in Northern Belize”.

The CCCCC intends to use part of the proceeds of the grant to contract a Consulting Firm to deliver some of the required studies and shape the final Funding Proposal Application to GCF, i.e. the project design including logic framework and feasibility study including technical, financial and economic analysis. The outputs of this assignment should be aligned with the GCF six investment criteria and requirements for the Funding Proposal Application to the GCF. Bids must be submitted electronically in accordance with the bidding document datasheet to http://www.caribbeanclimate.bz/bid-submission/.

Peruse the following official documents:

Interested firms are required to submit their Technical and Financial Proposal on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Tuesday 15th December 2020.

The CCCCC reserves the right to accept or reject any tender and to annul the process and reject all tenders at any time prior to the contract signature, without thereby incurring any liability.

Request for Applications: Consultancy to conduct KAP Surveys to Develop Awareness Strategies, Intra-ACP GCCA+

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (Expressions of Interest) 

Intra-ACP GCCA PROGRAMME Enhancing Climate Resilience in CARIFORUM Countries.

Intra-ACP GCCA+/SER/008/KAP: Consultancy Opportunity for the conduct of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices surveys related to Climate Variability and Change, and Development of Awareness Strategies

Peruse the official Call for Tender:

Eligible and interested companies are invited to pursue the attached tender notice and submit their applications in accordance with the instructions for submission though the E-Bid Portal of the CCCCC on or before 5:00 PM Belize Time (-6 GMT) on 14th December, 2020.

Opportunity: Gender, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Consultancy Services, Antigua and Barbuda

The Department of Environment (DOE), Antigua and Barbuda is now accepting proposals for consultancy services to conduct gender, environmental and social impact assessments and preparation of key plans to inform the development of a Concept Note for the proposed “Mainstreaming Gender Responsive Financial Resilience to Climate Change in Antigua and Barbuda Project”.

For further information, peruse the official Terms of Reference here.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is on or before 8:00 pm, Thursday November 26, 2020

Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy to Develop Two Concept Notes, Grenada

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), toward the cost of the project titled “Strengthening Institutional and Implementation Capacity for Delivery of Climate Change Investment Projects: Grenada” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the contracting a consultant for the services “ Consultancy to Develop Two (2) Concept Notes, Grenada”.  

Peruse the following official documents:

All suitably qualified Consultants are invited to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) covering the points outlined in the TOR and accompanied by the application documents.

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