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Assistant Executive Director at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Dr. Mark Bynoe, and Project Development Specialist, Dr. Donneil Cain, participated in a meeting of representatives of the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) direct access Accredited Entities in Songdo, South Korea. The CCCCC is one of two regional Accredited Entities to the GCF.
At the meeting which was held between May 23 and 25, GCF’s Direct Access Entities worked alongside relevant National Designated Authorities (NDAs), GCF Readiness delivery partners and GCF staff to strengthen entities’ capacity across key areas of engagement with the Fund.
Expectations are that the meeting should boost the capacity of members to develop strong GCF funding proposal and GCF project concept note, as well as funding proposal development. Emphasis is being placed on refining proposals that have been already submitted to GCF; the key elements when formulating proposals, like mainstreaming gender, environmental and social safeguards, risk; and the Fund’s monitoring and reporting policies.
At the meeting, the Centre’s team presented on the Energy-Water-Nutrient Nexus for Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure Barbados (EWN – SCI Barbados), a project to integrate water and energy resource management, while discussing other project pipelines, said Dr Bynoe, who also heads Programme Management and Development at the Centre.
“The main objective is for the Centre to strengthen its relationship with the GCF as it seeks to unlock climate financing for the region to build their development resilience to climate variability and change,” he continued.
GCF’s direct access Accredited Entities are sub-national, national and regional organisations, which have been nominated for accreditation to GCF by NDAs (or focal points). Of the Fund’s 48 Accredited Entities, 23 are direct access. This modality is a key feature of the Green Climate Fund, which emphasizes the role of robust and competent entities to enhance country ownership of projects and programmes.
Dubbed the “Empowering Direct Access workshop” the meeting provided participants with the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge from their various perspectives including those which have already had GCF projects approved and countries with GCF Readiness Support activities underway. Participants also got the opportunity to meet with Readiness delivery partners who can help them to build capacities in their countries or organisations.
This, the second meeting, was focused on direct access entities; the first took place in 2016.
The Green Climate Fund has launched a global campaign to unlock private sector investment in climate finance.
The Fund is offering USD 500 million to support business ideas that drive greenhouse gas emission reductions and help communities adapt to climate change in developing countries.
This is the first time GCF has issued a call for proposals targeting the full range of entrepreneurial energies latent in the private sector of the planet’s emerging markets.
The campaign, which continues until 30 August 2017, follows from GCF’s recognition that the private sector is essential in filling climate finance gaps.
Find out more about this campaign at www.greenclimate.fund/500m
USD 110 million of new support for climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience projects across the Caribbean as EIB and CDB sign new financing agreement
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed a USD 110 million financing agreement to support investment projects in the Caribbean under CDB’s climate action policy. The Climate Action Framework Loan II builds on the USD 65 million Climate Action Line of Credit (CALC) signed between EIB and CDB in 2011, and which supports nine projects in seven countries across the Caribbean. The EUR 100 million climate action initiative is the EIB’s biggest loan to the Caribbean.
Eligible investments under the Climate Action Framework Loan II include climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, road transport, water infrastructure and community-level physical and social infrastructure that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to the impacts of climate change.
CDB President Dr. Wm. Warren Smith and EIB Vice President responsible for the Caribbean, Pim van Ballekom, signed the new agreement in the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 24, 2017, during the 47th Annual Meeting of CDB’s Board of Governors.
EIB Vice President, Pim Van Ballekom (left) and CDB President, Dr. Wm. Warren Smith (right) shake hands after signing the agreement for the Climate Action Framework Loan II on May 24, 2017 in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Pim Van Ballekom, EIB Vice President said: “We are delighted to be signing this new climate action loan with CDB, which is the result of a fruitful partnership that lasts for almost four decades, to support new projects in the Caribbean. This partnership is currently supporting CDB’s efforts to mainstream climate action to help its borrowing member countries (BMCs), which are all considered Small Island Developing States, to adequately tackle risks related to climate change. Caribbean countries face economic and social challenges which must be addressed whilst ensuring resilience to climate change. ”
CDB President Dr. Wm. Warren Smith said: “Through this new Line of Credit, CDB will be able to provide to its BMCs much needed low-cost financing to address the climate impacts already affecting these countries. The line supports our ongoing work to build climate resilience and the adaptive capacities of BMCs, as they work towards their goal of achieving sustainable development. The signing of this agreement reinforces the longstanding partnership between EIB and CDB, and signals strengthened cooperation between our two institutions.”
A healthy pipeline of climate action projects amounting to over USD 300 million for this new loan has been developed with support of an EIB-funded technical assistance programme.
To date, CDB has committed the total resources under the ongoing Climate Action Line of Credit (EUR 50 million), for nine projects. This co-financing is associated with total project financing of approximately USD 191 million (from CDB loans/grants, EIB CALC, counterpart and other sources of financing).
Representatives from CDB and EIB during the signing ceremony for the Climate Action Framework Loan II.
Since the approval of CDB’s Climate Resilience Strategy in 2012, 58% of projects financed have included climate change adaptation and/or mitigation elements. These projects were mainly in the sectors of water, education, physical infrastructure such as sea defences, drainage, and roads, and agriculture. Using the Joint Multilateral Development Bank Methodology, climate financing represented 13% of total CDB project financing in 2015. In 2016, CDB approved USD 50 million for projects with explicit climate resilience and sustainable energy actions.
The EIB has supported development and economic activity in the Caribbean with loans and equity investment worth EUR 1,6 billion.
Credit: Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
Environmental Safeguards Senior Specialist
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is seeking to recruit an Environmental Safeguards Senior Specialist to lead the design and implementation of safeguards for Bank operations, as well as ensure that they meet the requirements of the Bank’s environmental and social safeguard policies and international best practices.
The environmental specialist will also be expected to contribute to the development of new approaches, guidance, and knowledge products, undertake project reviews, and to effectively disseminate the products of the Unit to build capacity amongst clients and stakeholders.
Peruse the official Terms of Reference for the Environmental Safeguards Senior Specialist.
Deadline for application is May 31, 2017 at 9:59 PM
Environmental or Social Risk management Specialist
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is seeking to recruit an Environmental or Social Risk management Specialist to (i) lead the identification of safeguard risks and impacts in Bank operations, programs, country strategies, and sector strategies and provide recommendations on approaches to mitigation; and (ii) contribute to the development and implementation of a risk management framework to a) demonstrate effectiveness of safeguards; and b) provide information and promote action overview of risk vulnerabilities in portfolio at the appropriate levels.
The environmental or social specialist will also be expected to contribute to the development of new approaches, guidance notes, and knowledge products, and to effectively disseminate the products of the Unit to build capacity amongst clients and stakeholders.
Peruse the official Terms of References for the Environmental or Social Risk management Specialist.
Deadline for application is June 16, 2017 at 9:59 PM
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has released its first Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017. This report card sums up what we know of marine and coastal climate change impacts on Caribbean Small Island Developing States, and explores some of the actions that are needed to respond to these impacts. Case studies are drawn from those SIDS that fulfil the project criteria for the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme and are eligible to receive international aid (known as Official Development Assistance, or ODA) to highlight examples of climate change impacts at the level of individual SIDS. These Caribbean countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
This report card addresses three themes: climate change drivers; impacts on biological diversity; and society. It is based on twelve specially commissioned scientific papers covering the following themes and key topics:
- Climate change drivers: Extreme weather events, sea temperature and ocean acidification
- Biological diversity: Corals, mangroves, and fish and shellfish
- Society: Settlements and infrastructure, tourism and fisheries
The key topics, lead authors and reviewers were identified by Caribbean regional partners to ensure that the issues of greatest concern were addressed, and relevant regional experts were approached to provide the most up-to-date and accurate evidence.
Thirty four authors and reviewers, principally drawn from across the Caribbean region contributed to the key topic and theme papers, which are accessible through the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and CME Programme websites. These comprehensive papers provide more detailed background information to support national and regional level action. They include sections describing our understanding of current and future climate change impacts, our confidence in that understanding, knowledge gaps and social and economic consequences.
Peruse the complete Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017
A blue urban agenda: adapting to climate change in the coastal cities of Caribbean and Pacific small island developing states
Cities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have leveraged nearly US$800 million in green climate funding to support coastal resilience, says a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report.
The study, A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States, estimates that 4.2 million people in SIDS in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. As a result the region has now become a reference for other port cities.
“Mayors in port cities across the globe should be cognisant of the enormous economic costs and implications of sea level rise, hurricanes and coastal storms to port infrastructure,” Michelle Mycoo, co-author of the report, told Cities Today. “Mayors will need to consider a mix of strategies such as higher investments in robust coastal defences, alternative future upgrading and expansion plans such as retreating from the coast and relocation of storage areas for container cargo further inland.”
The international community has responded by providing US$55.6 billion in aid and private sector flows to Caribbean and Pacific SIDS over the last 20 years. These programmes have included coastal engineering to protect cities from flooding and coastal erosion, wetland restoration, coral reef conservation and watershed rehabilitation, urban planning and the enforcement of coastal setbacks and flood-resistant building codes.
“The urban planning profession clearly needs to pursue a Blue Urban Agenda and build cities that respond to their shores and the needs of coastal residents,” said Michael Donovan, co-author and Housing & Urban Development Senior Specialist, IDB.
The study reviewed 50 projects financed by the IDB, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others, and the efforts made by Caribbean and Pacific SIDS to implement adaptation strategies aimed at reducing vulnerability and enhancing sustainability. It shows an increasing emphasis on urban governance and institutional capacity building within city planning agencies.
It includes several policy recommendations for cities, including improving coastal planning, land reclamation, coastal setbacks, enforcement of building codes, climate-proofing infrastructure, mangrove reforestation, and coastal surveying and monitoring.
“Adapting and improving the resilience of cities in coastal zones of SIDS, especially those experiencing rapid urbanisation, remains critical,” added Donovan. “Caribbean and Pacific coastal cities are on the front lines of the response to climate change and are pioneering innovative approaches to respond to coastal transformation. All eyes are on these islands as port cities across the world look for answers to the coastal question.”
Credit: Cities Today
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), with a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is supporting Borrowing Member Countries (BMC) to prepare proposals for submission to access climate financing. To this end, the CCCCC will support funding towards the cost of a consultancy to prepare a project proposal for “Building Climate Resilience in the Agriculture Sector in Saint Lucia for submission to the Adaptation Fund”.
Peruse the following:
Interested and eligible consultants may obtain further information at firstname.lastname@example.org between 08:00 and 17:00 hours (Belize Time) Monday to Friday.
Deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest: no later than 2:00 P.M. GMT-6, Friday, June 16, 2017.
With a diverse topography and vulnerability to natural and human-made shocks, Editor John Kirton discusses how the Caribbean is exploring options to establish climate-health security with Dr C James Hospedales
Q - How do the Caribbean’s distinctive features make it vulnerable to climate change?
A – With 30 diverse countries and territories and more than 40 million people, the Caribbean comprises most of the world’s small island developing states (SIDS), places of extraordinary beauty and vulnerability to natural and human-made shocks, none more so than climate change. With more than 50 million arrivals per year, by air and cruise, it is the most tourism-dependent region in the world. But the industry is vulnerable to damage by climate change. The Caribbean oceanic basin is trapping warming and increasingly acidic waters, with unprecedented coral reef bleaching and die-offs and impacts on food and economic security. It is experiencing increasingly intense and frequent extreme weather events. Floods from heavy rainfall combined with rising sea levels create immediate emergency health relief needs, damage health centres and hospitals, and increase the risk of epidemics. Climate-sensitive disease vectors such as Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carry dengue and Zika. As temperatures rise, they are increasing in density and their ability to spread disease. Zika shows the intergenerational and cross-border costs this can bring: there is now local transmission of the virus in southern Florida. The Caribbean’s largely middle-income countries are ineligible for many of the development and climate change control funding available only to low-income countries. Yet their capacity to respond is low because of their very small size.
Q - How have these vulnerabilities inspired the Caribbean to pioneer solutions?
A – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) was established in 2005. The Pan American Health Organization’s ‘SMART Hospitals’ programme to build resilience to the effects of climate change is a good contribution. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) recently launched the Expert Panel on Climate and Health with Tulane University to analyse, control and prevent the impact on human health and the environment. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) was created in 2007 to help countries manage the economic risks of increasingly frequent hurricanes. Its work was endorsed by the G7 leaders at their summit in 2015. Discussions are under way to expand the coverage to include associated health effects of extreme weather events. Greening the CARPHA campus is another initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy costs.
Q - What more could the Caribbean do?
A The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association could work with regional institutions to rank how tourism facilities perform on integrated environmental and health standards. Cities of the Caribbean could be encouraged to join the C40 and ask it to address health effects and economic impacts in a broader and more integrated way. The Expert Panel calls for promoting alternative transport such as biking and walking, with links to the tourism industry, with triple bottom line returns. The Caribbean could create an integrated annual state-of-the environment-and-health report. This need for a joined-up set of information is a key recommendation of the Caribbean Development Bank on water as a strategic regional resource. Caribbean institutions could work more closely with the International Seabed Authority and UN Environment’s Caribbean Office – both headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica – to increase bidirectional learning about the health effects of climate change.
Q - How can the G7 leaders at their Taormina Summit best help?
A – G7 leaders could recognise the unique shared interests of the G7 and the G20 in the Caribbean – given the region’s location between North and South America, closely connecting independent countries with territories dependent on the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and parts of France through travel and trade. They could work with the region’s institutions to implement a G7/G20- CARICOM project to address health, climate and the environment in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. They could recognise the Caribbean’s contributions beyond the CCRIF, and create a global risk insurance facility based on a more comprehensive and integrated concept of climate-associated risks that incorporate their many health effects. They could invite Caribbean leaders to attend the next G7 summit, in Canada in 2018, as was done for Jamaica and Haiti when Canada last hosted in 2010. They could institutionalise a regular dialogue between the G7 and Caribbean institutions responsible for health and climate change, starting with regular preand post-summit briefings. They could create an emergency response and surge capacity fund that can be drawn on by regional institutions such as CARPHA to address the health effects of climate change.
Peruse the complete G7 publication here.
The Belize City Council partnered with the Belize Association of Planners and the Caribbean Network for Urban Land Management to host the seventh annual Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF 7) in Belize City at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, on May 17th – 19th, 2017.
The Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF) is designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean urban sector by bringing together land use practitioners, policy makers, academics and allied professionals interested in enhancing urban planning and management in the Region.
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) was invited to participate in the Urban Expo, scheduled for days two and three, May 18th & 19th, of the CUF at the Memorial Park in Belize City, under the theme ‘Green Economy, Energy and Space-Pathways to Urban Sustainability.‘
Dr. Cassandra Rogers, Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank, expressed her desire to see “cities growing in a very smart and sustainable way.”
“The Belize City Council and IDB’s Action Plan involves critical investments to solve some of the development issues that were identified in the vulnerability studies. [We are planning] sustainable cities that are resilient to natural disasters and climate change”, states Dr. Rogers.
Deputy Mayor of Belmopan City, Ralston Frazer, encouraged all in attendance to work together and join the group that is not doing the talking but doing the work.
He stated, “We have the responsibility to make this place as beautiful as we can make it in, so that we can have appreciation for it. Urban planners make cities beautiful and orderly.”
Mayor Darrell Bradley of Belize City emphasized that with the right partnerships, we can build the kind of communities that we want to see.
“Urban planning is a means of promoting cities that offers opportunities at the highest level… Climate change is the reason our lands are eroding, climate change is the reason our sea does the abundance of marine life it once had. We want to build a Belize that fosters sustainable growth and develop and one resilient to climate change.”
Peruse photo album of the Caribbean Urban Forum’s Expo here:
Notification of Award – Contract # 12/2016/USAID/CCCCC “Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations”
The evaluation of Bids submitted for Contract # 12/2016/USAID/CCCCC “Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations” is now completed. We are pleased to advise that Contract # 12/2016/USAID/CCCCC “Supply and Delivery of Fifty (50) Hydro-meteorological Stations” has been awarded to Sutron Corporation of 22400 Davis Dr., Sterling VA, 20164, USA in the contract amount of US$688,350.00