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Announcement for Fellowship programmes

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has issued nine announcements for various fellowship opportunities, particularly targeted to develop capacity of fellows from SIDs and LDCs.

The application deadline is June 4, 2018.

The link to the announcements is:  http://unfccc.int/secretariat/employment/recruitment

Empowering Women as Managers in the Renewable Energy Sector – Request for Applications

The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) together with SD Strategies and Nedworc Foundation (NWF) have been commissioned by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to execute a comprehensive capacity building and mentoring programme for women from APEC countries. This project aims to support career advancement of women working in the field of renewable energy in APEC economies. The programme specifically seeks to support women’s career development by:

  • Increasing skills and knowledge on renewable energy technologies;
  • Improving skills on developing sound business plans for the advancement of renewable energy in home economies;
  • Facilitating professional exchanges and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Women interested in joining the programme are requested to apply here.

Enhancing Environmental Management Legal And Policy Frameworks In Grenada

Source: CANARI; May 4, 2018

Background

CANARI is facilitating the development of  National Forest Policy and Strategic Plan and Revised Environmental Management Act 2014.  This activity is part of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Global Climate Change Alliance Project on Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management in the Eastern Caribbean (the iLAND Resilience – Promoting a Climate for Change) funded by the European Union.  Background papers, workshop reports and draft environmental frameworks are available through the links below.

Background paper

Report of First National Workshop  (December 2017)

The revised Grenada National Forest Policy and Strategic Plan and revised Protected Area, Forest and Wildlife Act are currently being drafted based on the outputs of the December 2017 Workshop. Stakeholders are invited to submit further comments and suggestions for revisions of the documents. Please review the original documents below and email your suggestions to Dr. Natalie Boodram at natalie@canari.org by May 18th  2018.

National Forest Policy and Strategic Plan (1999) currently under revision

Draft Protected Area, Forest and Wildlife Act and supporting Regulations (2003) currently under revision

Stakeholders are also invited to input to a Rapid assessment of the implementation of the 1999 Forest Policy and Strategic Plan. Please download and complete the sections of the Rapid Assessment you have information on e.g. the projects and programmes you have been involved in. Please also share your opinion on the key questions asked. Please email the completed assessment to natalie@canari.org by May 18th  2018.

 

CCRIF Invites Applications for 2018 Scholarships and Internships

CCRIF Scholarship Programme
Provides scholarships to individuals to pursue a masters degree in hazard/disaster related disciplines at Caribbean universities (other than UWI) as well as institutions the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Deadline May 31 2018.
http://www.ccrif.org/content/scholarship

CCRIF-UWI Scholarship Programme
Provides scholarships to students at UWI for undergraduate and post-graduate study in fields such as natural resource management, climate change, meteorology, geography/geology and civil/environmental engineering
Deadlines: Postgraduate scholarships: May 25 2018 | Undergraduate scholarships: May 31 2018
http://www.ccrif.org/content/programmes/ccrif-uwi-scholarship

Regional Internship Programme
Provides opportunities for university graduates who have specialized in the areas of disaster risk management, environmental management, actuarial science, geography, climate studies and other similar areas to be assigned to national and regional organizations for practical work assignments. Deadline May 31 2018.
http://www.ccrif.org/content/regional-internship-programme

Photo Competition: Empowering women, how can sustainable energy change people’s lives?

Source: Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+), 19 April, 2018

Send your best pictures capturing the active role of women in the sustainable energy sector and win energy friendly prizes. Deadline 13 May.

A nice opportunity to capture the best picture of GCCA projects working in the energy sector.

EuropeAid is searching for photo contributions that demonstrate how women can impact the energy sector, and how they can benefit and use sustainable energy for their business, daily activities, income generating activities, etc.

Participants will have the opportunity to win a Nikon camera kit, an adult scooter, a solar lamp, a solar charger and other prizes. The first 50 participants uploading their eligible photo will receive an EU sustainable goodies package.

The contest can be accessed directly via the following link: https://a.cstmapp.com/p/24658 or through the announcement placed on DG DEVCO’s website: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/118983

Participants can check the rules available in English, French and Spanish and upload their photos until 13/5/2018. The public can vote until 21/5/2018.

Should you require any further information please contact: EuropeAid-WOMEN-ENERGY@ec.europa.eu

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CCCCC and IICA Discuss Cooperation in Sourcing Funding for Agriculture and Development

Belmopan, April 30, 2018 – Executives from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) met today Monday, April 30, 2018 at the 5Cs’ headquarters in Belmopan to discuss developing a regional project that aims to address agriculture and rural development.

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IICA and CCCCC representatives meet in Belmopan, Belize

Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez Marqués, Coordinator of the Projects Unit at IICA Headquarters in Costa Rica headed the three-person team that met with with officials from the Centre including Executive Director, Dr. Kenrick Leslie. Discussions focused on the development of initiatives that will help to build resilience and provide funding of adaptation and mitigation in regional agriculture and rural development through the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The meeting explored a range of issues affecting regional agriculture. These include availability and access to water and the high rates of food importation in countries of the region.

Both organisations have committed to pooling technical resources to develop the project through the Green Climate Fund Simplified Approval Process (SAP) and have scheduled another meeting for May 11, 2018.

Also attending the meeting were: from the CCCCC, Dr. Ulric Trotz, Deputy Executive Officer and Science Advisor; Dr. Mark Bynoe, Assistant Deputy Director; Project development specialists, Dr. Donneil Cain and Mr. Vincent Peter, and Science officers Mr Ahnivar Peralta and Ms Diana Ruiz. The IICA team included Dr Stephen Williams and Mr. Willie Chan, Technical Specialists.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Highlights Its First Major Benefactor

The government of Italy has been supporting regional efforts to manage and adapt to the effects of climate change for almost 14 years and what an invaluable partner it has been. To understand the value of this partnership, it’s important to skip back even further, to 2002. Sixteen years ago, climate change wasn’t a buzz phrase on everybody’s lips like it is now, but the governments of the Caribbean Community were already educating themselves on this phenomenon and preparing to take action. They recognized the need for an institution dedicated to coordinating regional response to climate change as well as the efforts of individual Member States to manage and adapt to its projected impacts, so the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) came into existence in February 2002. It’s birth wasn’t without complications. The first and biggest issue was money: where and how would these governments find the funds to finance and operate the Centre amidst the persistent economic challenges squeezing their countries? The answer is ‘nowhere’, as the CCCCC remained a shell, inoperable for two years.

In January 2004, the CCCCC issued a call to the international community for start-up support and the government of Italy responded. They sent a mission to Belmopan, Belize that April to have initial discussions with the interim Director of the CCCCC. As the year wound down, on December 15th, the Director General of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) signed an agreement with the Interim Director of the CCCCC at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The agreement saw IMELS gifting the CCCCC a grant of US$840,000, which was to its organizational development and operations through 2006.

The first major order of business was to lay the groundwork for the development of the Centre’s fiduciary and procurement capacity. With this covered, the Centre was ready to act as an implementing entity for other donors such as the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), Australia (AUSAID), World Bank (WB) the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and finally, the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The partnership between IMELS and the CCCCC is still going strong. In fact, it has only evolved and strengthened over the past 14 years. For example, in November 2015, IMELS and the CCCCC signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Co-operation for the Development of Renewable Energy Sources and Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean Region. IMELS provided the Centre with the resources needed to support CARICOM Member Countries in developing bankable projects for funding under available financial mechanisms.  These include the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund, as well as bilateral arrangements. 

Last November, the MOU was upgraded with an addendum which sees IMELS further strengthening the capacity of the Centre’s Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU) with three supplementary project development staff members. The Centre is now better able to provide the appropriate assistance to its Member States. There is also more to come in 2018 as IMELS and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has once again tapped the Centre to aid in the development and implementation of a 30-million concessional loan facility to fund CARICOM Member Countries in their Climate Change adaptation and mitigation programmes.

The partnership between the Caribbean and the government of Italy remains strong and is one of the enduring foundations for the operationalization of the CCCCC.

Expression of Interest for Technical Consultant for Green Climate Fund Readiness Grant

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTING SERVICES
TO STRENGTHEN THE NATIONAL DESIGNATED AUTHORITY (NDA) AND DEVELOP THE COUNTRY PROGRAMME STRATEGY TO ENGAGE GREEN THE CLIMATE FUND

Institution: Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation

Country: Jamaica

Project: Capacity building of Jamaica’s NDA and preparation of a Country Programme for engaging with the GCF

Sector: Economic Growth and Job Creation

The MEGIC has received a grant from the Green Climate Fund and is searching for a consulting firm (“Consultants”) with experience in implementing climate finance readiness activities, in particular country strategy development and programming and comprehensive knowledge of Green Climate Fund. The overall objective of the consultancy is to build the capacity of Jamaica’ National Designated Authority, Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to effectively engage with the Green Climate Fund, the largest source of climate finance available for developing countries.

The specific objectives are:

  1. Building Jamaica’s NDA capacity to perform its roles and responsibilities for GCF-related matters; and
  2. Developing a country programme (including two (2) concept notes) aligned with Jamaica’s national priorities (including NDCs) and based on the GCF investment criteria.

Deadline for submission is Monday, December 18, 2017 3:00 pm (UTC-5)

Peruse the official: Request for Expression of Interest – Consultant to Strengthen the NDA

National Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts Tools

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; November 24, 2017 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC/5Cs) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration through the National Climate Change Office (NCCO) is hosting a national training on the Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) Portal and Climate Change Impacts Tools. This training workshop is being funded by the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) project. The training will be held over a period of 9 days; the first segment of the training is scheduled for the week of November 27th to December 1st, 2017, while the second segment will be held from January 15th to 18th, 2018 at the George Price Center, Belmopan City, Belize.

Participants of the National Training Workshop, Belize.

The Weather Generator (WG), the Tropical Storm Model / Simple Model for the Advection of Storms and Hurricanes (TSM/SMASH), the Caribbean Drought Assessment Tool (CARiDRO) and accompanying web portal and data sets are specific climate change impacts tools aimed at assisting in the generation of scientific information and analysis to help in making informed decisions along with policy formulation and implementation.

The tools are open source online resources to provide locally relevant and unbiased climate change information that is specific to the Caribbean and relevant to the region’s development. Case studies focused on areas such as drought, agriculture, water resources, coastal zone structures, health (dengue fever), and urban development and flooding were also done to test these tools and information related to these case studies will be shared during the Training along with many other interactive sessions. The integration of the tools into national policy agendas across the region is being spearheaded through regional and country workshops, which are crucial to ensuring effective decision-making and improving climate knowledge and action.

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Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) Tools and Portal

Brief Description

  1.       A weather generator has been developed and tested on present day meteorological station observations in the region and found to produce reasonable simulations of both average and extreme weather properties. This tool provides the basis for weather generator based downscaling, required to generate locally relevant bias corrected weather scenarios for impact studies.
  2.      A new tropical storm model has been developed to provide spatial 15-minute scenarios of rainfall and wind speed over Caribbean islands under various scenarios of track, category, movement speed and historic notable storm. Managers may consider such scenarios as part of hazard management. Case study results suggest that hurricane speed, an under-reported metric, is actually of key importance, and that near-misses may be more hazardous than previously supposed.
  3.     The CARiDRO tool has been developed to assist the evaluation of meteorological and hydrological drought for the Caribbean and Central American regions, for both present day and future climate projections. This tool greatly simplifies standard but complex analyses and automatically generates a number of graphical outputs (e.g. time series plots and maps). This tool will support the agriculture and water resource sectors in their assessment and adaptation to drought hazard. A case study verified the CARiDRO tool identification of a region-wide historic drought, and found that future projections indicated increasing regional drought frequency.

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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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Energy Awareness Fair 2017 – RE-Thinking Energy: Shaping a Resilient Community

The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities announces the hosting of Belize’s Energy Week 2017 during the week of November 19 -25 under the observance of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)’s Energy Month 2017. The Energy Unit within the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities is hosting its 2017 Energy Awareness Fair today, November 23, at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has been invited to participate in the Energy Awareness Fair being celebrated under the theme “RE-Thinking Energy: Shaping a Resilient Community“.

Belize’s Energy Awareness Fair aims to foster stakeholder engagement and the exchange of ideas for appropriate energy related issues in Belize and sensitize the public about Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and access to clean and alternative modern forms of energy.

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