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Response to Queries and Extension of Deadline: Request for Proposal Recruitment of Consultancy Firm to support the Capacity Development and Empowerment of the Ministry of Planning and Development (NDA), Trinidad and Tobago

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received funds from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the purpose of implementing the project “GCF Readiness – Strengthening Trinidad and Tobago’s NDA and Developing its Country Programme” and now invites firms to submit proposals to provide services for the Contract “Recruitment of Consultancy Firm to support the Capacity Development and Empowerment of the Ministry of Planning and Development (NDA), Trinidad and Tobago to engage with the Green Climate Fund (GCF)”.

Peruse the following official documents:

NEW Deadline for submission:  on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Tuesday, 30 June 2020

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS: Supply of Water Tanks to St KITTS & NEVIS

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre has received financing from the USAID, toward the cost of USAID Climate Change Adaptation Program and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the Project: Ensuring Water Security in Vulnerable Schools in St. Kitts & Nevis through onsite water storage capacitythough the provision of  water tanks.

Eligible bidders are invited to peruse the Request for Quotations. The deadline for submission of electronic EOIs is 2:00 PM Belize time (GMT-6) on Tuesday 30th June, 2020 to the email address procurement@carribeanclimate.bz.

The Centre is not bound to accept any Bids received and may cancel the procurement process at any time prior to the award of contract without liability.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS: Supply of Water Tanks to St Vincent & the Grenadines

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre has received financing from the USAID, toward the cost of USAID Climate Change Adaptation Program and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the Adapting to the Effects of Drought through increasing water storage capacity to address climate change on Union Island, Mayreau and Canouan of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines through the provision of 178  household and community water tanks.

Eligible bidders are invited to peruse the Request for Quotations. The deadline for submission of electronic EOIs is 2:00 PM Belize time (GMT-6) on Tuesday 30th June, 2020 to the email address procurement@carribeanclimate.bz.

The Centre is not bound to accept any Bids received and may cancel the procurement process at any time prior to the award of contract without liability.

Request for Proposals – Develop A Business Planning Framework for Protected Areas in Belize – UNDP Country Office – BELIZE

In 2016, the Government of Belize adopted its medium-term development strategy, the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS). Within the GSDS, the Government of Belize highlighted the role of biodiversity management as a critical success factor in acquiring Sustainable Development. This action created a positive and enabling environment for the implementation of Belize’s newly developed Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and more specifically the National Protected Areas Policy and System Plan which serve as a road maps for achieving our Biodiversity goals and targets by maximizing the potential of protected areas which serve as Belize’s main conservation tool.

In Belize, PA’s are the main management tool for biodiversity protection and conservation. PA landscapes cover approximately 36.6% of the national territory and 19.8% of the marine environment. The management of these areas are challenged by financial constraints to acquire and deploy resources for their effective management. A study to develop a Financial Strategy for the Protected Areas System, conducted in 2010 by the UNDP (in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy), found that a funding gap of US$10.2 million for a basic scenario and US$ 19.4 million for an optimal scenario existed between current investment and funding needed to operate optimally. The analysis carried out for this strategy, clearly shows that the level of funding is insufficient to sustain management activities.

The Belize National Protected Areas System (NPAS) is primarily financed by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) and extra-budgetary sources (grants). PA’s however generally face persistent budgetary shortfalls due to the management entity’s dependence on donor/grant financing to meet recurrent/operating costs and fluctuation within the tourism industry. For long-term effectiveness of the NPAS, it is critical for PA’s to achieve financial sustainability through the growth and diversification of site-level revenue streams, and a reduction on the dependence on external sources (grants).

In this regard in 2016 financial assistance was received from the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), to quantifying the biodiversity finance gaps and develop a National Biodiversity Finance Plan for Belize. This Finance plan identified sustainable financing mechanisms for implementing the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and other relevant national policies and frameworks relating to biodiversity.

Also building on recommendations of the Sustainable Financing Strategy for Belize’s National Protected Areas System, the GoB via the BIOFIN Project, seeks to strengthen financial sustainability of PA’s through the development and implementation of a National Business Model Framework. This framework will allow PA administrators and managers to determine solutions critical business decisions ahead of time. It will enable the development and implementation of robust site level business plan such as marketing strategy and products and services to be packaged at the site or national level. The result shall be the generation of new and/or additional revenue streams to aid in covering operational and maintenance costs as well as support resilience against financial shocks.

Peruse official post here.

Peruse offical documents:

Deadline for submission is June 16, 2020. 

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE: Invitation to Bid for the Supply of Six (6) Water Tankers for the Barbados Water Authority

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) invites bids from eligible bidders for the “Supply and Delivery of Six (6) Water Tanker Vehicles to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), BARBADOS”.

Bidding will be conducted through the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures as specified in the CCCCC’s Procurement Manual, and is open to all eligible bidders.

The deadline for submission of Bids has been extended to 2:00 p.m. Belize Time (GMT- 6), Tuesday 30th June 2020.

Peruse the official CCCCC website documentation for the Tender at:   Invitation For Bids – Supply And Delivery Of Six (6) Water Tanker Vehicles To The Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Barbados. & Response to Bidder Queries – Supply and Delivery of Six (6) Water Tanker Vehicles to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA)

Vacancy: Protected Area (PA) System Specialist, Antigua and Barbuda

The Department of Environment is seeking to hire a Protected Area (PA) System Specialist to carry out an assessment and update of Antigua and Barbuda’s PA system, ensuring the delivery of key project outcomes under Component 1 of the Path to 2020 Project.

Peruse the official Terms of Reference.

Deadline for submission is Friday 26th June, 2020. 

World Environment Day, 2020

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre joins the international community in celebrating World Environment Day. While the COVID 19 pandemic and the international response to contain it have created and exacerbated hardships for everyone, they have also provided us with an opportunity for reflection and holistic recalibration.

Emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere have declined as industrial activity and travel screeched to a halt and is only now slowly coming back. Yet, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues to increase as historical emissions are taking their toll. That narrow window of opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is rapidly closing. We must cut emissions by 50% by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050 if we are to achieve it. This is why all countries must submit new, enhanced and more ambitious NDCs this year and commit to implement them unconditionally. This is not the time for inaction on this front.

Biodiversity is being celebrated this World Environment Day. This period of enforced confinement has provided us with an opportunity to appreciate the ecosystem surrounding us. There is less noise from air, land and marine transportation. We can see and hear more birds. The air is fresher. We can feel the wind. We can hear the rain on our roof tops. Instead of rushing around, we can actually appreciate nature.

Let us not waste the opportunity this time of reflection has provided. As we rebuild our lives and our economies, let us build back better. The response has stimulated our ingenuity in communication, living with less, recycling, and diets.

CARICOM are making every  effort to manage the threats posed by the pandemic . Let us not let down our guard. As the hurricane season warms up, let us ensure that we can also weather this threat.

Happy World Environment Day!

 

SIDS to Align Renewables Ambition with Recovery Efforts to Rebuild Economies

New York, United States of America, 1 June 2020 – The Government of Belize, in its capacity as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), co-hosted a virtual High-level Dialogue on Accelerating Energy Transition in SIDS to Stimulate Post Pandemic Recovery. The meeting featured Small Island Developing State (SIDS) Heads of Government and Ministers, together with representatives of development partners, international organisations and international financial institutions.

This virtual High-Level Dialogue was moderated by Mr. Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team, and opened  by the AOSIS Chair and Belize’s Minister of the Environment, Honourable Dr. Omar Figueroa and IRENA Director-General, Francesco La Camera.

The Ministers underscored the challenges associated with financing aggressive energy transformation which has been compounded by the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19. They affirmed their commitment to press forward and noted the economic and social benefits particularly in the context of recovery efforts, that renewable energy transformation can yield for their people and economies. Ministers emphasised the pressing urgency for strong and coordinated international cooperation in the next months to mobilise the capital necessary to help SIDS achieve long-term energy transition goals and recover better and stronger.

“SIDS need assistance to overcome persistent obstacles, such as legal and regulatory barriers.  We need access to finance at the scale required, and the necessary training and technology for sustained human and institutional capacity,” said Honourable Minister Figueroa during the High- level event. “In addition to strengthening capacity, we need more large-scale investments in the renewable energy sector to supplement the fiscal resources available, in order to scale up deployment of renewable energy.”

IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera said: “For small island developing states, renewables represent an opportunity to build more resilient and prosperous economies and societies. While the renewable energy progress and ambition among SIDS remains strong, there is a clear need for collection action from the international community to support the acceleration of this progress. As small islands rebuild following this pandemic, IRENA will strengthen its work to put secure and sustainable energy systems at the cornerstone of the recovery.”

AOSIS recently concluded the Placencia Ambition Forum (PAF),  which called  for immediate, enhanced action to support SIDS energy transition, and highlighted specific areas where action could be targeted for such support.  It made clear the case for a green recovery that strengthens SIDS resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change and to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

One area that can bring immediate results is through the NDC process.  As SIDS finalize the elaboration of ambitious NDCs, they can benefit from the alignment of recovery efforts with enhanced renewable energy targets.  Development partners can facilitate this process through co-ordinated implementation efforts and financial support .

This High-Level Dialogue offered a platform for SIDS governments and development partners to reflect on effective means to reinforce actions towards accelerating energy transformation and ensuring energy security of SIDS, while aligning the pandemic response with the sustainable development and climate objectives.

To learn more about the High-level Dialogue contact islands@irena.org, follow AOSISChair for regular updates and engage using #SIDSLead on Twitter.

Source: IRENA

Request for Expression of Interest: Project Development Specialist- GCF: Grenada

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has receivedfinancing from 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 of a Project Development Specialist for the Environment Division which falls within the Ministry of Climate Resilience, Government of Grenada.

Peruse the official Request for Expressions of Interest and its accompanying Terms of Reference.

The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6) on Friday, June 26, 2020car

Invitation to Bid: Supply of Energy Monitoring Equipment and LED Emergency Lights, Bay Gardens Hotel, Saint Lucia

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (the Centre) has received financing from the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Environment Programme (GEF-UNEP), for the implementation of the project “Energy for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean (ESD)”and  now invites bids for the “Supply of Energy Monitoring Equipment and LED Emergency Lights, Bay Gardens Hotel, Saint Lucia”. Information on specifications and quantities for the equipment to be supplied are annexed below:

Price Proposals should be emailed procurement@caribbeanclimate.bz on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Friday 19 June 2020

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