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Vacancy – Programme Manager, Research and Resource Assessment, CRFM Secretariat

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism / Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members to fill the position of PROGRAMME MANAGER – RESEARCH AND RESOURCE ASSESSMENT in the CARIBBEAN REGIONAL FISHERIES MECHANISM (CRFM) SECRETARIAT.

Full details of the position may be obtained at www.crfm.int or contact secretariat@crfm.int.

Applications in English Language with full curriculum details, including nationality, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills and/or expertise, list of professional publications, coordinates (including e-mail addresses) of three referees (at least two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s work), and other relevant information, should be addressed to the Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat, Belize City, Belize, and sent by email to secretariat@crfm.int or crfmsvg@crfm.int.

If you submitted an application in response to the 2016 call, you do not need to reapply. 
Your application will be considered after the April 28, 2017 deadline.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 28 April 2017.

Peruse job description here.

Water Security in the Caribbean

Water security challenges in the Caribbean are unique to each country, however, common challenges have recently been identified. In the video above, Keith Nichols, the Project Development Specialist at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) speaks of the need for a strategic approach to develop the water sector, including the  challenges facing the region. The CCCCC is part of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) which  has identified the following water related challenges for the region:
  • Challenge 1: Water sector infrastructure exposed to damage and disruption from water-related hazards;
  • Challenge 2: Increasing demand, inefficient water use and leakage exacerbating the vulnerability of existing water supply   systems and sources;
  • Challenge 3: Effectiveness of community and urban water supply systems exposed to increasing climate variability;
  • Challenge 4: Agricultural production vulnerable to seasonal rainfall and drought;
  • Challenge 5: Effective management of water resource quantity and quality threatened by a changing climate; and
  • Challenge 6: Escalating costs of flood-related damage and losses
The GWP-C, with more than 80 partners in over 20 Caribbean territories, has developed a “Caribbean Regional Framework for Investment in Water Security and Climate Resilient Development.” The GWP-C’s Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) is executed in partnership with the CCCCC. Any entity can become a partner of the GWP-C.
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The CCCCC has been engaged in numerous water related initiatives including the construction of the rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling  facility at Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa in Vieux Fort St. Lucia; the photovoltaic and salt water reverse osmosis plant in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; the photo-voltaic system for the Belize Water Services Limited on Caye Caulker, Belize; the photovoltaic system (commissioning and construction of the energy switching station) to the Barbados Water Board; the installation of 54 Automatic Weather stations among 16 countries and  the installation of 5 Coral Reef Early Warning Station (CREWS) stations across the region.
Through partnerships with UK-DFID, EU and the Government of Grenada, the CCCCC has made a significant impact on communities which were fully dependent on rainwater harvesting, a history which was recapped by Dwight Logan, a teacher on Petit Martinique.
“In the 1970’s most of the cattle population was wiped out because there was no water for the cattle to drink; no feed….in 1961 there was a drought where the school had to be closed for weeks, because there was no water for the children to drink. …In the 1950s, 60s and 70s water had to be transported from Grenada to Petit Martinique…and in during distribution of water there were fights and quarrels,” said Mr. Logan.
On April 15, 2016, the CCCCC handed over two Salt Water Reverse Osmosis Systems and a photo-voltaic system on the islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique. To find out more about the partnerships click on the video link below and also be sure to subscribe to the Centre’s Youtube channel.

 Read about the ‘Caribbean Regional Framework for Investment in Water Security and Climate Resilient Development’  Framework document and its tremendous potential in building climate resilience in the Caribbean region. Also, download the Framework publications here.

Successful Implementation of Bioenergy Course

 

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Belmopan, Belize; August 26, 2016 –

According to Belize policy targets, the country aims at increasing its share of renewable energy. Till now Bioenergy, especially Biogas, is not utilized on industrial scales in Belize. To help achieve this goal and build capacity in this sector, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in cooperation with GIZ REETA had offered a free of charge BIOENERGY Course at its training Centre in the country’s capital, Belmopan and at the Bio Energy Laboratory which is housed at the University of Belize.

BioEnergy Course

Bioenergy as a renewable energy resource offers many advantages: It can be converted into various forms of secondary and final energy. Biomass, the primary energy source, can be transformed into solid, liquid and gaseous energy carriers. The combustion of these energy carriers can produce heat, cold, electricity, mechanical power or a combination of these. Even better than this, bioenergy is storable, so it can be converted right at the time when energy is needed to balance the differences between energy supply and demand.

BioEnergy Course

Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Director of the CCCCC and Dr. Ulric Trotz , Deputy Director of the CCCCC both welcomed the participants and thanked GIZ for their contribution. They also thanked Henrik Personn, the integrated expert from CIM/GIZ, for his efforts especially in the Capacity Building and Waste to Energy Sector in Belize. The course was directed by Tobias Sengfelder of GoGreen Ltd.

BioEnergy Course

Participation came from the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, BELTRAIDE, Belmopan Comprehensive High School, the University of Belize, ITVET and the Spanish Lookout Power Plant.   Participants successfully completed the course and received a certificate that demonstrated their ability to plan, prepare and conduct Bioenergy training seminars and implement bioenergy projects to high standards. These seminars provided an excellent opportunity for professional development in the renewable energy field, while ensuring the sustainable use of knowledge.

BioEnergy Course

Alton Daly, an intern at the CCCCC said “The course was very informative. We learned to make use of different biomass resources such as sugar cane and corn. I think it is something we can use throughout the Caribbean and not only here in Belize. It seems to be very useful. It is something we should continue to look into.”

BioEnergy Course

The head of the Belmopan Comprehensive High School Science Department, Jeneva Jones, felt that “It was very informative about how to create electricity from different biomass that is readily available to us. We need to put more people in the science field to ensure that the use of bioenergy becomes viable.”

BioEnergy Course

Ryan Zuniga, a lecturer at the University of Belize also had high hopes after completing the course. He said “Seeing the output of such a system will garner far more support for science and research. It will assist us in developing ways to curb our energy cost and mitigate against climate change. I think it is something that would be very useful at UB and at the lower levels of the education system.”

 

These seminars provided an excellent opportunity for professional development in the renewable energy field, while also ensuring the sustainable use of knowledge. Participants who successfully completed the course, in addition to receiving a certificate, are now able to plan, prepare and conduct Bioenergy training and implement bioenergy projects to high standards.

 

BioEnergy Course

 

BioEnergy Course

BioEnergy Course

BioEnergy Course

The successful participants included:

Ryan Zuniga, UB Lecturer

Jeneva Jones, Head of Science Dept., Belmopan Comprehensive High School

Ana Hernandez, Agricultural Science Teacher, Belmopan Comprehensive School

Jorge Chuck, ITVET Manager, Belize City

Gilroy Lewis General Manager, Belize Solid Waste Management Authority

Jomo Myles, Student and Sugar Industry Stakeholder

Jake Letkeman, General Manager, Farmers’ Light Plant Corporation, Spanish Lookout

Shahera Mckoy, Manager, Beltraide

Nicole Zetina, Project Manager, Beltraide

 

Photos of the seminar can be downloaded at the Centre’s Flickr page.

The documents being downloaded about Climate Change in CARICOM States

For the month of July 2016, a total of 33,665 documents were retrieved from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre’s (CCCCC) Regional Clearinghouse. A list of the top 20 documents are listed in the table below. If you would like to research and read other documents from CARICOM member states visit the CCCCC’s Clearinghouse.

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The Regional Clearinghouse is an extensive repository of Caribbean specific information on climate change and information exchange system for climate resilient decision-making.

It helps users to:

  • search, access, request and contribute digital documents, project reports and scholarly articles related to climate change in the Caribbean
  • View climate projections by country
  • Search the CCCCC hardcopy and CD library
  • Access the 2011 Regional Project Stock Take
  • Learn more

By using the Clearinghouse Search, decision makers and practitioners will be able to retrieve, request, contribute  and exchange information and data on climate change in the region.

Downloads Document Title
564 Climate Change and the Caribbean: A Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climat.pdf
496 Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment Methodology: A Guidance Manual for the Conduct and Mainstreami.pdf
450 Quantification and Magnitude of Losses and Damages Resulting from the Impacts of Climate Change: Mod.pdf
419 Final National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Action Plan for Suriname 2014-2021.pdf
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359 Delivering transformational change 2011-21: Implementing the CARICOM ‘Regional Framework for Achievi.pdf
356 Review of Health Effects of Climate Variability and Climate Change in the Caribbean.pdf
331 A National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Action Plan to Address Climate Change in Belize.pdf
279 Cayman Islands Energy: The Renewable Path to Energy Security.pdf
263 National Designated Authorities for GCF.pdf
262 PHASE 1: GAP ANALYSIS AND ACTION PLAN REPORT- Database Management System for A Regional Integrated O.pdf
260 National Adaptation Strategy to address Climate Change in the water sector in Belize: Strategy and a.pdf
248 The Virgin Islands Climate Change Policy: Achieving Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Development.pdf
243 Milton Pilot Irrigation Project Feasibility Report.pdf
236 Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) Studies on Climate Change in the Caribbean: A Summary of Fin.pdf
228 Application form-service contract.pdf
224 CARIBSAVE Climate Change Risk Profile for Barbados –   Summary Document.pdf
222 National Adaptation Strategy to Address Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector of Guyana: Strateg.pdf
221 CARIBSAVE Climate Change Risk Profile for Saint Lucia – Summary Document.pdf
220 Development of a National Water Sector Adaptation Strategy to Address Climate Change in Jamaica: Str.pdf

Contribute to the Database

If you have information, data or documents regarding climate change in the Caribbean, we encourage you to use the contribute button in the clearinghouse search or to contact us..

Background Information

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre’s (CCCCC) Regional Clearinghouse Database is the region’s premier repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region. This dedicated climate change resource was first explored over a decade ago during the course of the Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change (CPACC) project (1997 to 2001), but the current iteration was spurred by a CDB project grant (2010) and the GIZ / CIM Integrated Expert Programme (2010 – 2015). The Clearinghouse has grown steadily since its launch in 2010, from a few dozen documents to over 5, 368 digital documents as of July 2016. The rapid expansion of the database will continue as the Centre adds many new documents every month, including books, videos, national/regional strategy documents, project reports, studies and scholarly articles, among others. The expansion of the database is complemented by broad use of the facility by target audiences from across the region and internationally— namely the press, the public, project teams, consultants, experts, researchers, students, focal points, governments and partner organizations. This wide usage is evidenced by average monthly downloads of 21,600 documents between January and July, 2016.

Management of Water Resources for Climate CHange Adaptation Webinar

A webinar on the Integrated Management of Water Resources for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture: Experiences from the Caribbean is being held on Tuesday August 16, 8:00 Belize/10:00 ECS/11:00 Suriname at the IICA office.

The speakers include Kevon Rhiney from the University of the West Indies and Carlos Fuller, the International and Regional Liaison Officer for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).  This forum aims to raise awareness of the necessary cooperation and articulation across the environmental, agricultural and water sectors in light of a changing climate. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of the inter-sectional cooperation needed to achieve effective resiliency and climate change adaptation, with a specific focus on water.  If you are interested in joining this webinar please email xxx@iica.int to confirm your  participation.

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5C’s Office Closed due to Weather

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is located in Belmopan, the Capital of Belize. Tropical Storm Earl is intensifying and on a westward path to pass over Belize sometime Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning. The office will close at 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 3rd and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 5th.  Thank you for for your understanding and we look forward to continue serving CARICOM member states.

Climate-related impacts are biting – but who will pay the bill?

The latest report from UNEP says that global costs of adaptation could range from US $140-300 billion by 2030.1 It’s time to get innovative on sources of finance

Kalisi holds her son Tuvosa, 3, in the remnants of her house in Rakiraki District in Ra province in Fiji (Pic: UNICEF)

Kalisi holds her son Tuvosa, 3, in the remnants of her house in Rakiraki District in Ra province in Fiji (Pic: UNICEF)

Few phrases engender greater alarm among negotiators.

The concept of “loss and damage” at the UN climate change negotiations has emerged and grown more prominent as countries fail to adequately reduce their emissions, rendering even heroic adaptation efforts inadequate to confront climate impacts.

The devotion of a full article in the Paris Agreement to loss and damage was a major breakthrough for the world’s most vulnerable nations. Article 8 says that countries should enhance understanding, action, and support with respect to loss and damage.

Some of the controversy relating to this seemingly vacuous language is due to its remaining poorly defined.

It is actually quite simple: countries are not reducing their emissions enough to stem global warming and nations damaged by climate impacts must be helped. A key issue that remains unclear is how adequate, predictable funding can be raised to do so.

This week a workshop at the German Development Institute (DIE), co-organized by Bangladesh’s International Center for Climate Change and Development and Brown University’s Climate and Development Lab, reviewed a white paper that discusses five approaches that will prove central to defining and developing support for loss and damage response.

Approach #1: Fund insurance, but don’t stop there

U.S. President Obama’s Paris announcement of a USD 30 million contribution to climate risk insurance initiatives in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific was a start, but this approach of making ad hoc donations to insurance schemes may not be politically sustainable.

For developed countries, such a focus on one-time contributions subsidizing insurance deflects their own liability for losses and damages and pulls the private sector into financing efforts.

Wealthy countries can and must do much more to support insurance schemes. Their contributions must be stable and increase steadily as climate change intensifies.

An estimated 45,000 school-aged children have no access to education as a result of Cyclone Pan (Pic: UNICEF)

An estimated 45,000 school-aged children have no access to education as a result of Cyclone Pan (Pic: UNICEF)

However, a focus on insurance alone is far from optimal for vulnerable nations. Insurance is best suited for low-frequency, high-intensity events like hurricanes, and cannot be effectively used to address climate impacts that make substantial financial loss virtually certain, like recurrent flooding, extended droughts, or desertification.

Second, by definition, the many non-economic losses and damages like loss of life, culture, and livelihoods are not compensated by insurance payouts.

Insurance schemes chronically fail to reach the poorest and most vulnerable, as anyone without substantial property to insure will not receive payouts.

Vulnerable peoples can’t afford premiums and paying for them alone would mean a major transfer of their limited wealth to private insurance companies, who get to earn interest until disaster strikes. In sum, insurance is a start, but an incomplete one.

#2: Ensure that funding is adequate (depending on mitigation efforts) and predictable

There exists an extremely broad range of estimates of the funding that will be required to respond to loss and damage, from over $400 billion a year by 2030 to an average of $600 billion a year over the next two centuries if we fail to act fast enough to reduce our emissions.

Clearly, improved data is needed, but so is urgent action to reduce those emissions, and to make societies resilient in the face of change.

The flow of finance for L&D response must also be predictable, since this will encourage vulnerable nations’ governments to undertake improved planning on how to use funds in the event of disaster.

This will then allow them to allocate funds more efficiently and effectively should disaster strike.

#3: Ensure that we do not “rob Peter to pay Paul”

The latest report from UNEP says that global costs of adaptation could range from USD 140-300 billion by 2030. Estimates of current international flows to developing countries range from USD 24 billion to just USD 6-10.

Clearly, it is crucial that finance for efforts to address L&D in coming years be new and additional, not diverted from adaptation efforts.

So it’s time to get innovative. Many compelling financial mechanisms have been suggested to provide such funding.

These include a financial transaction tax (a tiny Tobin tax), levies on air travel (such as the International Air Passenger Adaptation Levy, with funds going at least in part to L&D instead of only to adaptation), a levy on bunker fuels, a tax on fossil fuel extraction (Carbon Levy), and a global carbon pricing scheme.

Although the feasibility of such instruments has been called into question, some such tools have already been used successfully on national and subnational levels.

Other instruments propose levies either on industries hitherto untaxed (i.e. maritime shipping) or modest fees that would make no difference to industries’ competitiveness or profits (i.e. a passenger levy of $5-10 on international flights would make essentially no difference in travel decisions).

There are some encouraging noises on this: the fact that the Standing Committee on Finance of the UNFCCC will devote its 2016 Forum to instruments to finance loss and damage shows that a mix of Annex I and non-Annex I countries have already agreed that exploration of innovative sources is necessary.

#4: Consider fairness of funding

Tools used to fund loss and damage response should acknowledge that the nations suffering the worst impacts of climate change are also those with the least responsibility for causing it.

After much wrangling, the Paris “decision” text established that wealthy countries will not compensate developing nations for climate-related losses and damages. In other words, poor and vulnerable countries must themselves pay the primary costs of climate impacts, as developed nations have refused to accept liability for the unbounded and potentially massive future scope of L&D.

The secondary burden of paying for instruments that do already have defined prices cannot fairly also be forced onto vulnerable nations. Far more equitable funding of financial tools such as insurance premiums, catastrophe bonds, and contingency finance is needed.

#5: Start now

Climate-related losses and damages are no longer a prospect of the distant future, but a present reality. Funding only mitigation and adaptation efforts is no longer enough, and the time to take the ‘political infeasibility’ of tools to fund L&D response at face value has passed.

Innovative financial mechanisms for loss and damage must be implemented and explored in pilot and by scaling up current efforts, not only studied.

Such a shift from theory to practice can be accomplished by building national capacity for addressing loss and damage in vulnerable countries, while simultaneously raising funds via new and innovative means to support these programs.

Such initiatives must be built on top of other actions already being undertaken, such as insurance schemes. Nations and implementers must actively share the knowledge they gain on overcoming challenges and best practices for doing so.

The Marrakesh negotiations in November are where key loss and damage elements need to be mapped out. There is a huge opportunity to lay a course to funding action this year.

The authors are researchers in Brown University’s Climate and Development Lab. The opinions expressed in this piece are the sole responsibility of the authors.

Credit: Climate Change News

Bonn Climate Change Talks Launched

 

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H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and the Sea of France and President of COP 21/CMP 11 opened the climate change talks in Bonn on Monday May 16th, 2016. That morning was the first occasion for the climate change negotiators to meet following the successful climate change talks in Paris last year which resulted in the adoption of the Paris Agreement. Last month 175 countries signed the Agreement at the UN Headquarters in New York, eclipsing the previous record for the signing an agreement on the opening day. In addition 5 CARICOM Member States were among the 15 States which also presented their instruments of ratification. The Paris Agreement will come into force when 55 Parties representing 55% of the global greenhouse gas emissions ratify the Agreement.

Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer (CCCCC) and Chairman of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Photo courtesy Ann Gordon

Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer (CCCCC) and Chairman of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Photo courtesy Ann Gordon

Two of the subsidiary bodies of the Climate Change Convention, the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) also launched their work . The SBSTA is being chaired by Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). These bodies will elaborate the mechanisms established in the Agreement. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) is expected to launch its work tomorrow. It is charged to prepare for the entry into force of th Agreement and prepare for the first meeting its governing body.

CCCCC Represented at Bonn Climate Change Talks

Bonn Climate Change Conference Photo Credit: (UNFCCC)

Bonn Climate Change Conference
Photo Credit: (UNFCCC)

 

Mr Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer, is representing the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) at the meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Bonn, Germany from 16 to 26 May 2016.

Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer (CCCCC)

Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer (CCCCC)

 

Mr. Fuller was elected as the Chairman of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) held in Paris, France this past December. He will hold the post for one year. The other two subsidiary bodies which will be meeting in Bonn are the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). On Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 Mr. Fuller met with the delegations representing the Least Developed Countries (LDC) to brief them on how he proposed to conduct the work of the SBSTA at the session. He will provide similar briefings to the other negotiating groups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the opening of the negotiating sessions on Monday.

 

Landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change Signed Today

Credit: The 5Cs

Credit: The 5Cs

About 170 countries gathered at the United Nations for a ceremonial signing of the landmark Paris agreement on Friday, in a powerful display of global efforts to fight climate change.

A dozen countries – mainly the small island states at risk of being drowned by rising seas – said they would take the additional step on Friday of ratifying or granting legal approval to the agreement.

The renewed commitments, and the personal appearance at the UN by about 60 heads of state, delivered a sense of momentum to efforts to bring the agreement into force far earlier than had originally been hoped.

The agreement reached in Paris by 196 countries still needs formal approval from 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions to come into force. In some cases, that means a vote in parliament.

The US, China and India – the three biggest climate polluters – have all committed to join the agreement, possibly as early as this year.

Leaders said the events on Friday were a sign that governments, business leaders and campaign groups were aligned with trying to move swiftly to phase out the use of fossil fuels and move almost entirely to clean sources of energy by the middle of the century.

“Today’s signing ceremony reaffirms the commitments made last December and delivers a jolt of energy to international climate efforts,” Felipe Calderón, the former president of Mexico, said.

The signature ceremony, kicked off by François Hollande, as host of the Paris climate talks, will be an elaborate affair. Leaders will make their way one-by-one in alphabetical order to a special podium at the General Assembly to sign the single copy of the agreement, translated into six languages.

Amid the celebratory atmosphere, with Leonardo DiCaprio scheduled to appear, leaders and scientists agreed: the measures covered by the Paris agreement still fall far short of reaching the goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5C to 2C above pre-industrial levels, and time is running out.

Last year was the hottest year since record keeping began in 1880. Temperatures for the first three months of this year have already demolished that record – confounding scientists by the scale and pace of temperature rise.

In the Arctic, there was almost no winter, with temperatures at the North Pole rising above freezing even in December, the depths of the polar night. Temperatures were 30C above normal.

On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, some 93% of coral showed evidence of bleaching, because of long term ocean warming due to carbon emissions, and the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Credit: UK Guardian

Learn more: Paris climate deal signing ceremony: what it means and why it matters?

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