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CCCCC participates in the GCF Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean

Members of Staff  of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre are currently participating in the The Green Climate Fund’s Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean held in Placencia, Belize, from June 19-22, 2017.  The Structured Dialogue is organized in collaboration with the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre with the intention to bring together key stakeholders to increase the involvement of Caribbean countries with the GCF.

Participation of countries in the Caribbean region includes Ministers, senior government officials, including representatives of the GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs) and Focal Points, Accredited Entities, Readiness delivery partners, civil society organizations, private sector representatives, GCF Board Members and Secretariat staff among others.

 

Group Photo of Participants at the GCF Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean

The four-day gathering provides an opportunity for countries and Accredited Entities to share their experiences in engaging with the Fund across key areas. It is also aimed at developing a roadmap for countries in the region through identification of  project opportunities in partnership with Accredited Entities, as well as mapping readiness and project preparation support needs that the GCF can provide. The CCCCC welcome this opportunity to engage with the countries and entities present at the meeting and look forward to collaborating on project preparation and implementation.

Dr. Donneil Cain, Project Development Specialist, CCCCC

Dr. Donneil Cain, Project Development Specialist at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre gave a brief overview of the CCCCC entity work programme development, which highlighted how the CCCCC develops their  work programme; the process of the development of inputs into  the work programme; addressing the challenges in developing the work programme; as well as identified ways in which the GCF could help support this process.

He highlighted that the Centre’s work programme is guided by the priority of CARICOM countries as well as the Regional Framework and Implementation Plan, which outlines the strategic direction for the region’s response to climate change risks. Projects are aligned with both national and regional strategies and plans. Climate modeling and information are also critical inputs into developing projects for our work programme. This important for building the climate change case.

Dr. Cain also identified that there are capacity constraints within the CCCCC but through coordination and collaboration, CCCCC is helping countries develop GCF ready programmes and projects. CCCCC acts as a conduit in the dissemination of relevant information to help this process and is committed to helping countries development priority programmes and projects.

The CCCCC is accredited for programmes/project value at between US$10 million and US$50 million; however, even when scaled, some of our adaptation projects would not fall within the range identified. Against this background, Dr. Cain suggested that Enhance Direct Access (EDA) facility, which is an on-granting facility, is important to delivering some adaptation initiatives in the region given their scope and scale.

On Wednesday, Dr. Mark Bynoe will expand to give details about CCCCC pipeline projects as well as identify project opportunities for the region.

The CCCCC expectations for the Structured Dialogue are:

  1. Government and NDA will have a better understanding of the GCF processes and requirements for accessing funding from the GCF; and,
  2. enhanced collaboration between entities and countries to advance adaptation and mitigation projects in the region.

Addendum #2 – Bid Document for the Supply, delivery, installation and calibration of One Airborne LIDAR System

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has amended the following provisions of Section II – Bid Data Sheet of the Invitation for Bids: Supply, delivery, installation, calibration of one (1) airborne bathymetric Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System: Ref: ICB No. Contract # 14/2017/USAID/CCCCC.

Peruse the Addendum #2 – Bid Document for the Supply, delivery, installation and calibration of One Airborne LIDAR System

Deadline for the submission of bids has been extended to Monday, July 3, 2017 on or before 2:00 p.m. (GMT- 6).

For more information on the Invitation for Bids, see Invitation for Bid for the Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR Equipment.

Clarification to Bidders #2 – Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR System

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) hereby responds to queries with reference to Invitation for Bids: Supply, delivery, installation, calibration of one (1) airborne bathymetric Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System: Ref: ICB No. Contract # 14/2017/USAID/CCCCC: Response #2 to Queries Raised.

Peruse the official Clarification to Bidders #2 – Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR System

Deadline for the submission of bids has been extended to Monday, July 3, 2017 on or before 2:00 p.m. (GMT- 6).

For more information on the Invitation for Bids, see Invitation for Bid for the Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR Equipment.

Vacancies – PACT: Programme Director & Technical Coordinator

The Government of Belize, in collaboration with the World Bank (WB) is implementing the project entitled “REDD+ Readiness Project”. The objective of the REDD+ Readiness Project is to carry out Readiness Preparation through a participatory and inclusive process in order to strengthen Belize’s capacity to participate in future REDD+ carbon payment transactions. The REDD+ Readiness Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI) through a dedicated REDD+ Coordination Unit (REDD+CU) with Fiduciary Management by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT). REDD+ is seeking to recruit a Programme Director and a Technical Coordinator.

Peruse the official Terms of References:

Programme Director

Technical Coordinator

Deadline for application is 3:00 pm on Friday 30th June 2017.

For further information and clarification, please send email to andrea@pactbelize.org.

Addendum #1 – Bid Document for the Supply, delivery, installation and calibration of One Airborne LIDAR System

Credit: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. Not for use without written permission.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has amended Section seven Schedule of Requirements: Schedule two of the Invitation for Bids: Supply, delivery, installation, calibration of one (1) airborne bathymetric Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System: Ref: ICB No. Contract # 14/2017/USAID/CCCCC.

Peruse the Addendum #1 – Bid Document for the Supply, delivery, installation and calibration of One Airborne LIDAR System

Deadline for the submission of bids is on or before 2:00 p.m. (GMT- 6) on Friday 30th June, 2017.

For more information on the Invitation for Bids, see Invitation for Bid for the Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR Equipment.

Clarification#1 to Bidders – Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR System

Credit: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. Not for use without written permission.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) hereby responds to queries with reference to Invitation for Bids: Supply, delivery, installation, calibration of one (1) airborne bathymetric Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System: Ref: ICB No. Contract # 14/2017/USAID/CCCCC: Response #1 to Queries Raised.

Peruse the official Clarification#1 to Bidders – Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR System

Deadline for the submission of bids is on or before 2:00 p.m. (GMT- 6) on Friday 30th June, 2017.

For more information on the Invitation for Bids, see Invitation for Bid for the Supply of one Bathymetric LIDAR Equipment.

CARICOM – Strengthening regional and global networks to achieve sustainable development goals

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CARICOM participants at the Side-Event gather for a group photo

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) staged its Side-Event at the UN Oceans Conference in New York, Wednesday, with a strong focus on networking and collaboration to help the region achieve its sustainable development goals.

The event, titled “Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development”, was convened as a partnership involving CARICOM Member States, led by Barbados and Belize; CARICOM Institutions led by the University of the West Indies (UWI); and the CARICOM Secretariat.

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Head Table, Side Event by CARICOM Secretariat, Governments of Belize and Barbados and UWI (l-r) Assistant Secretary General CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater; Belize Government Minister Hon Omar Figueroa; Barbados Government Minister Hon. Maxine McClean; Professor Robyn Mahon, UWI; Ms Christine Pratt, Pacific Forum.

The event had as a second goal, cultivating inter-regional collaboration among Small-Island and Low-lying Developing States (SIDS).  To this end, it was an engagement involving CARICOM, the Pacific Island Forum and the Indian Ocean Commission.

“The CARICOM region in the lead up to and follow up from the Samoa Conference have prioritized the intra and inter-regional collaboration amongst SIDS to advance the SIDS development agenda,” CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General Dr. Douglas Slater said in welcoming remarks.  “We have tried with this event to demonstrate both.”

He said the intra-regional approach, involving Member States and Institutions, was key to insuring implementation of the SIDS agenda for Sustainable Development especially in a region where human and financial resources are often scarce.

The inter-regional collaboration, he said, stemmed from calls by Heads of Government at the 2014 Samoa Conference on SIDS, for the UN system to foster opportunities for enhanced SIDS inter-regional collaboration to fields beyond climate change negotiations.

“As such we are using this platform – the Oceans Conference – as a first step to what we hope will be many engagements between ourselves, the Pacific Island Forum and the Indian Ocean Commission, to advance the SIDS collectivity,” Dr. Slater said.

CARICOM has argued that despite longstanding recognition that, to be effective, oceans governance arrangements must be integrated across sectors and at all levels, from local to global. It has however noted that governance arrangements remains fragmented and ineffective. As an example, it noted that bio diversity, fisheries, pollution and climate change have 23 global and 120 regional agreements. CARICOM’s position is that these global and regional networks, if rationalised, connected and strengthened could provide a working global ocean governance framework for oceans that will enable achievement of the SDG 14 targets.

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Ms Jeana Bond, Officer in Charge of the Indian Ocean Commission,

Ms Jeana Bond, Officer in Charge of the Indian Ocean Commission, with responsibility for environment and climate, represented her Group at the CARICOM side event and signalled their own strong interest in inter-regional collaboration.

“We have arrangements to strengthen regional and inter-regional cooperation, getting institutions networking and sharing, as well as exploring areas for collaboration,” Ms Bond told the meeting.

Her position was endorsed by  the Pacific Islands Forum’s Deputy Secretary-General Ms Christelle Pratt.

“We continue to deploy our best efforts at finding common ground to effectively manage frameworks,” she told the meeting.

“We therefore see SDG 14 as an opportunity to further embed and strengthen regional ocean governance to ensure effective implementation of goal 14, but more crucially to use the current international dialogue on the world’s ocean to progress an already ambitious regional agenda for it and for our very special chunk of the Pacific Ocean that we have stewardship and custody of. And we trust that this first Ocean Conference is such an opportunity to pursue and solidify these efforts and to share  best practices between our Regions which should and must continue inter-sessionally for years and for decades to come”, she added.

The Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean chaired the event which also received remarks from the Minister of Sustainable Development from Belize Mr. Omar Figueroa.  UWI was represented by Professor Robin Mahon, and there was a presentation from Mr. Patrick Debels of the UNDP/GEF/CLME+Project who announced the launch of a partnership for the wider Caribbean Region which involved a large marine ecosystem project.

The UN Ocean Conference, being held from 5 – 9 June at the UN Headquarters in New York, was organised to support implementation of Goal 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in 2015.  The main outcome will be a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Credit: CARICOM Today

CCORAL Training Workshop in Grenada

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Belmopan, Belize; June 7, 2017 – The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tool (CCORAL) Training Workshop moved to the Public Workers Union in Grenada this week, and will run from June 6 to 9. The training is being carried out by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the United States Agency for International Development/ Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC) under the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID CCAP).

This Climate risk management tool, CCORAL, is being embedded in development planning across the region as a comprehensive approach to climate change risk assessment and adaptation for building climate resiliency in decision-making. It provides users a platform for identifying appropriate responses to the impacts of short and long term climate conditions by applying a risk management approach to development planning.

The training workshop is targeting key government, private sector and NGO agencies/institutions as part of a national capacity-building exercise aimed at inculcating a risk management ethos in decision-making. Through use of this online application tool, participants will evaluate national developmental issues and present their findings to senior policy and decision makers on completion of these evaluation exercises.

Peruse the CCORAL Fact Sheet and the CCORAL Brochure.

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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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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: UNFCCC, NATO, FAO Advance Work on Adaptation

Photo Credit: UN Photo- Logan Abassi

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference considered a number of adaptation-related issues in formal negotiations, as well as side events that addressed topics, such as climate risk management, adaptation innovation and finance, ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA), climate resilience, and loss and damage.
  • FAO issued supplementary guidelines to the UNFCCC NAP Guidelines for ‘Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans.’ Ahead of the G7 Summit held in Taormina, Italy, from 26-27 May 2017, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee issued a special report titled ‘Food and Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa.’

Over the past few weeks, climate change adaptation received high-level attention from international actors ranging from the UNFCCC to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference considered a number of adaptation-related issues in formal negotiations, as well as at side events.

FAO released supplementary guidelines to the UNFCCC technical guidelines for the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) process with a broad focus on agriculture. NATO issued two reports on food and water security, and the costs of climate change. The present update addresses these and other developments that contribute to achieveing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 (zero hunger), 13 (climate action) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). It also includes a list of selected publications on matters related to adaptation and loss and damage.

Bonn Climate Change Conference Advances Work on Adaptation, Task Force on Displacement Holds First Meeting

In Bonn, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) convened for their 46th sessions. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) held the third part of its first session. SBI 46 adopted conclusions on NAPs and the third review of the Adaptation Fund. SBSTA 46 adopted conclusions on the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP). APA 1-3 considered further guidance in relation to the adaptation communication, including, inter alia, as a component of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). [SBI In-session Documents] [SBSTA In-session Documents] [APA In-session Documents] [IISD RS Coverage of Bonn Climate Change Negotiations]

Numerous adaptation- and loss and damage-related side events were held on the margins of the formal negotiations, addressing topics such as climate risk management, adaptation innovation and finance, ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA), climate resilience, and loss and damage. These events included:

Immediately following the conclusion of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, the first meeting of the Task Force on Displacement (TFD) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) took place from 18-19 May 2017 at the same venue. The Task Force prepared its draft workplan, in accordance with its Terms of Reference (ToR). [Meeting Agenda] [TFD Handbook] [UNFCCC Meeting Webpage] [UNFCCC Adaptation Workshops and Meetings Webpage]

The 20 September 2017 deadline for three calls for submissions under the NWP issued by SBSTA 44 is approaching. Parties and relevant organizations are invited to contribute information on human settlements, economic diversification, and monitoring and evaluation. [SBSTA 44 Calls for Submissions under NWP] [NWP May 2017 Newsletter]

FAO Issues NAP Guidelines on Agriculture

FAO issued supplementary guidelines to the UNFCCC NAP Guidelines for ‘Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans’ (NAP-Ag Guidelines) that aim to support developing countries in ensuring that agriculture is included in NAPs and made more adaptive and resilient. [Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans] [Supplementary Guidelines Landing Page] [FAO Press Release] [UNFCCC NAP Guidelines Webpage]

NATO Assesses Regional Water and Food Security, Warns of Costs of Climate Change

Ahead of the G7 meeting held in Taormina, Italy, from 26-27 May 2017, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee issued a special report titled ‘Food and Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa,’ calling for increased international development support on water and food security in the region, including measures to stabilize availability and prices of imported food.

The Economics and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly released a report titled ‘Assessing and Mitigating the Cost of Climate Change,’ which explores economic costs and trade-offs associated with climate change, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. [Food and Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa] [Assessing and Mitigating the Cost of Climate Change] [NATO Parliamentary Assembly Press Release] [UNFCCC Press Release]

Initiatives Explore Risk Management Approaches

The UNFCCC Secretariat published a template for collecting feedback on a draft paper-based compendium on comprehensive risk management approaches. [UNFCCC Template] [UNFCCC Loss and Damage Webpage]

The UN Secretary General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R) issued a briefing paper titled ‘Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape: Current Progress on Three Key Capacities for Climate Resilience,’ presenting key findings of a baseline analysis of progress of climate resilience capacities in SIDS, LDCs and Africa. The paper concludes, inter alia, that countries face challenges implementing comprehensive early warning – early action systems, and that in many developing countries, insurance markets to reduce risks associated with climate change and social protection mechanisms have limited reach.

A2R seeks to strengthen three key capacities for climate resilience: the capacity to anticipate and act on climate hazards through early warning and early action; the capacity to absorb shocks by increasing access to climate risk insurance and social protection; and the capacity to reshape development pathways by transforming economies to reduce risks. [Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape: Current Progress on Three Key Capacities for Climate Resilience] [A2R Website]

Urban Resilience in the Spotlight

The Eighth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation took place in Bonn, Germany, from 4-6 May 2017, days before the Bonn Climate Change Conference. Organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Bonn, the Forum convened under the banner ‘Tracking local progress on the resilience targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11.’ [Forum Programme] [Forum Website] [Climate-ADAPT Press Release]

A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) titled ‘A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States’ evaluates lessons learnt from urban coastal adaptation programs in SIDS, provides policy recommendations to address city resilience to climate change, and estimates that climate change-related threatens 4.2 million people in SIDS in the Caribbean and the Pacific. [A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States] [IDB Press Release]

The Government of the Philippines launched a project titled ‘Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs’ seeking to enhance climate resilience in the country through urban plans and designs. [UN-HABITAT Press Release]

Reducing Climate Risks and Improving Livelihoods in Kenya

The International Labour Organization (ILO), in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), UN Environment and UN-HABITAT, developed a project aiming to reduce Kenya’s vulnerability to climate risks and improve livelihoods among traditional pastoralist communities. This project is at the crossroads between SDG 13 …. [ILO Press Release]

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The SDG Knowledge Hub publishes Climate Change Adaptation and Loss and Damage updates that focus on news and reports on projects and other developments related to adaptation and loss and damage. Past Climate Change Adaptation and Loss and Damage updates can be found under the tag: Climate Change Adaptation Update.

Credit: IISD- SDG Knowledge Hub

US$650,000 Grant for Bartica ‘Green’ Town project

A section of Bartica. Photo Credit: Guyana Times

The Government of Guyana has received a US$650,000 grant from the Government of Italy in support of its Model ‘Green’ Town, Bartica Project. The primary objective of the grant is to establish a reliable point of reference for the existing state of energy use in Bartica. The data generated from this will be used for future measurements and predictions for evidence-based decision-making and pursuance of projects and programs.

Bartica, has been designated the model town for ‘Green’ Initiatives. This project is therefore, located within the agenda of the Green Economy Framework in lieu of Guyana’s overarching sustainable development architecture.

To this end, activities undertaken will include sensitisation and awareness of Bartica’s populace, conducting of Household Baseline Survey Study, Energy Audits of public institutions, facilities and street lighting in Bartica, Transportation Sector energy audit, among others.

These efforts are being facilitated by the Office of Climate Change, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of the Presidency, in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).

The project is set to be officially launched on Monday, June 5, 2017 in Bartica.

Credit: The Government of Guyana
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