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MTCC Caribbean’s Webinar Wednesdays Series

Tune in to the MTCC Caribbean’s Webinar Wednesdays Series on November 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.The inclusion of domestic maritime emissions under Nationally Determined Contributions.

The Speakers are:

  • Mr Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer, Caribbean Community
    Climate Change Centre
  • Mr. Stephan Nanan, Greenhouse Gas Advisor, MTCC Caribbean
  • Captain Sukhjit Singh, Deputy Director and Technical Head, MTCC Caribbean
  • Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh, Head, Multilateral Environmental Agreements Ministry of Planning and Development, Environmental Policy and Planning Division
  • Mrs. Suzette Balkaran, Energy Efficiency Advisor, MTCC Caribbean

Register for the Webinar here.

Request for Expression of Interest – Consultancy to develop a Funding Proposal for GCF 3R CREWS, Barbados

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has secured project preparation funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Project Preparation Facility (PPF) to develop a full funding proposal for a project titled, “The R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) for Climate Resilience Wastewater Systems in Barbados (3R-CReWS)” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the contracting of consultant for the services “Consultancy to develop a Funding Proposal for submission to the Green Climate Fund for the 3R-CReWS Project_Barbados.”

Peruse the following official documents:

All suitably qualified Consultants are invited to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) covering the points outlined in the TOR and accompanied by the application documents listed in the TOR.

The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Monday, 30th November, 2020.

Private Sector Engagement, Investment and Funding in The Bahamas

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the Ministry of Environment and Housing, The Bahamas, is hosting a virtual ‘Private Sector Engagement, Investment and Funding in the Bahamas’ training with funding from the Green Climate Fund Bahamas Readiness Support II on November 10 – 12, 2020. 

The Government of The Bahamas’ continues to strengthen its capacity to further engage with the Green Climate Fund. Private-sector development remains a high priority for The Bahamas, and is part of the government’s latest policy document, Vision 2040: The National Development Plan for The Bahamas. In this document, the government notes the urgent need for economic change and to achieve more public-private synergies. To assist in driving the much-needed reform, readiness resources will be used to engage and mobilise the local private sector through three distinct phases: Phase 1 – The Diagnosis/ Barrier Analysis; Phase 2 – The National Conversation i.e., convening a Public-Private Dialogue Forum; and Phase 3 – Elaboration of a clear plan to accelerate climate action through strengthened partnership and capacity building to design and implement transformative projects.  

The Public-Private Dialogue Forum is aimed at unlocking the private sector’s potential to contribute to green growth in The Bahamas. Specifically, the forum will:  

  1. Reflect on the role, relevance, and interest of private sector entities in various areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation financing.  
  2. Recognise the contributions of private sector actors to green growth in The Bahamas  
  3. Raise awareness among private sector actors on GCF procedures and opportunities, including the Private Sector Facility.  
  4. Endorse the roadmap/action plan for strengthening public-private partnerships in driving climate action in The Bahamas

Request for Expression of Interest – Consultant for Institutional Gap Assessment and Develop an Action Plan for the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF)

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has receivedfinancing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), toward the cost of the project titled “Belize GCF Readiness II (Building Capacity for Direct Access to Climate Finance)” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the contracting of a Consultant for Institutional Gap Assessment and Develop an Action Plan for the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF).

Peruse the following official documents:

Request for Expression of Interest – Institutional Gap Assessment and Develop an Action Plan for the Belize Social Investment Fund

Terms of Reference – Institutional Gap Assessment and Develop an Action Plan for the Belize Social Investment Fund

Draft Contract – Institutional Gap Assessment and Develop an Action Plan for the Belize Social Investment Fund

All suitably qualified Consultants are invited to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) covering the points outlined in the TOR and accompanied by the application documents listed in the TOR.

The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Friday 27 November 2020

Invitation to Tender: National Consultant Terrestrial Ecologist, Saint Lucia

GEF 6 – Integrated Ecosystems Management and Restoration of Forests in the South East Coast Project

The Government of Saint Lucia through the Department of Sustainable Development (Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development) is inviting suitably qualified consultants to submit tenders for a consultancy to undertake an Assessment of Terrestrial Resources in the South East Coast.

Peruse the official Terms of Reference here.

Hard copies must be submitted to the following address by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

The Secretary
Central Tenders Board
Office of Director of Finance
Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation,
External Affairs and Public Service
2nd Floor
Finance Administrative Centre
Pointe Seraphine,
Castries
SAINT LUCIA

AND / OR must be emailed to saintluciactbprocurement@govt.lc by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

Invitation to Tender: National Consultant Marine Ecologist, Saint Lucia

GEF 6 – Integrated Ecosystems Management and Restoration of Forests in the South East Coast

The Government of Saint Lucia through the Department of Sustainable Development (Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development) is inviting suitably qualified consultants to submit tenders for a consultancy to undertake an Assessment of Marine and Coastal Resources in the South East Coast.

For further information, peruse the official Terms of Reference here.

Hard copies must be submitted to the following address by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

The Secretary
Central Tenders Board
Office of Director of Finance
Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation,
External Affairs and Public Service
2nd Floor
Finance Administrative Centre
Pointe Seraphine,
Castries
SAINT LUCIA

AND / OR soft copies must be emailed to saintluciactbprocurement@govt.lc by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

All information must be submitted in English. If the consultant chooses to submit hardcopies, 5 hard copies of the Submission must be received.

UWI, CCCCC, PAHO & EU Collaborate to Strengthen Climate Resilience of CARIFORUM health systems

(PAHO Press Release) The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), are the first of five partners to sign contribution agreements with the Pan American Health Organization’s Subregional office, to enhance coordination and increase the climate resilience of health systems in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) community to better prepare and respond to climate threats. The initiative is funded by the European Union. 

The University of the West Indies will focus on creating an interdisciplinary cadre of 16 climate change fellows from across the region, trained in Climate Change, One Health and Leadership. It is expected that the establishment of this network will facilitate collaboration and support of local   leadership initiatives spearheaded by the climate fellows under the programme.  UWI will also assist PAHO in tracking the Caribbean public perceptions on climate and health over the next five years and increase public awareness and visibility.  According to Chris Oura, a professor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the UWI-St Augustine and Chair of the Technical Working Group – Climate Change and One Health Leadership, “The UWI is really happy to partner with PAHO on this timely and important EU-funded project. Through our fellowship program, which we hope to kick-off in the first half of 2021, we plan to develop a cadre of leaders in Climate Change and Health from across the 16 participating countries”. 

Meanwhile, the Belize-based CCCCC, which coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to climate change and provides climate change-related policy advice and guidelines, will support countries in developing health adaptation funding proposals and create opportunities for heightened awareness in the region on the links between climate change and health using various communication channels.  “Since in the ultimate analysis, climate change impacts the various dimensions of human health, we view this project as another important avenue to  fulfil our mandate to assist Caribbean countries inbuilding resilience to the impacts of climate change by empowering our people to act on climate change,” explained Project Development Specialist, at the CCCCC, Vincent Peter.

The EU/CARIFORUM Strengthening Climate Resilient Health Systems Project assists countries in countering the health impacts of climate change and advocate for their prioritisation at the national level.  To do this, representatives from the health sector in each country will support the preparation of a health chapter in the National Adaptation Plans (H-NAP) through engagement with other national partners and following a systematic process based upon PAHO/WHO-UNFCCC guidance.  This will ensure that the Caribbean sub-region is better prepared for changes in health outcomes influenced by climate change, assess the current effectiveness of current programmes to manage the health risks of climate variability/change; and make projections of health burdens related to future climate scenarios.  

One of the upcoming milestones for the project will be the hosting of a virtual workshop, scheduled for December 2nd, for national focal points in climate change and health, environmental health,  as well as National Designated Authorities from beneficiary countries, and universities.   The session will focus on reaching an understanding of the current sub-regional state of H-NAP development, best practices and mechanisms to facilitate this process, and agree to set quality control criteria.  Over the course of the next four years numerous CARIFORUM countries will receive support through this EU/CARIFORUM grant to develop the H-NAP and subsequent proposals for health adaptation projects.  

In the coming months, the first communication products will be developed, as well as a novel survey to better understand Caribbean knowledge and perceptions around climate change and health. 

The project includes five collaborating partners and three United Nation agencies:  CARICOM, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the CCCCC, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology & Hydrology, the UWI, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations Development Programme. 

CREDIT: CARICOM TODAY

The CCCCC and the Ministry of the Environment and Housing, the Bahamas launch video highlighting Anatol Rodgers Energy Retrofits

Today, October 23, 2020, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and Housing, the Bahamas launched the premiere of a short film highlighting the outcomes of the “Identification and Implementation of Bahamas’ Nationally Determined Contributions – Retrofitting of the Anatol Rodgers High School Project”, the resulting benefits as well as the relationship between the Government of the Italy and the Caribbean.

The project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS), has effectively implemented energy conservation measures (ECMs) and renewable energy technology through its successful completion, and is contributing to fulfilling The Bahamas’ commitments to a low-carbon economy.

The project improved the energy efficiency of the school and supported reduction the energy demands of the building, which has contributed to improving comfort of students and faculty in the facility. The project procured and installed:

  • 250 kW-DC rooftop solar PV array
  • Robust exterior lighting control system
  • Vacancy sensors in all classrooms, computer labs, and lounges to control lights and ceiling fans
  • Programmable thermostats throughout
  • Low-flow lavatory aerators

Additionally, the project re-zoned the interior lighting system at the entrance and re-organized refrigerant lines from condensing units.

The knowledge products and lessons learnt from this project are transcending the border of The Bahamas as these are widely disseminated by the CCCCC via the Regional Clearinghouse and utilised in the development of initiatives aimed unlocking climate finance for the region.

Peruse the Anatol Rodgers Energy Retrofit Project, the Bahamas film here.

The launch can be viewed here.

The CCCCC and the Ministry of the Environment and Housing, the Bahamas collaborates to launch GCF Bahamas Readiness Toolkit and Climate Change Film

On Wednesday October, 21, 2020, The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in collaboration with the The Ministry of Environment and Housing, Bahamas virtually launched the Toolkit for the Green Climate Fund’s National Designated Authority and GCF Task Force of the Bahamas.

The Bahamas Readiness I project which is funded by the Green Climate Fund is near its completion and sought to support the capacity building and empowerment of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing (MOTEH) as the National Designated Authority (NDA) for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This objective was achieved through the successful completion of several activities which led to outputs such as:

  • NDA personnel trained in operational modalities of the GCF
  • The development and elaboration of a Country Strategic Framework to the GCF
  • Public Awareness materials disseminated to key national stakeholders
  • Definition and elaboration of a Nationally appropriate process for No-objections
  • Development and execution of workshops and training

The virtual launch provided stakeholders with a walk-through of the Toolkit as well as a sensitization on the No-Objection Procedure. The agenda included remarks by representatives of the GCF, CCCCC and the Government of the Bahamas.

During the launch, a short filmed on Climate Change in the Bahamas was premiered. The film highlights what is Climate Change, how it is impacting the Bahamas as well as the interventions by the Government of the Bahamas through the Ministry of the Environment and Housing in collaboration with several partners including the Green Climate Fund and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre .

Peruse the GCF Bahamas Readiness Climate Change Film here.

The launch can be viewed here.

Water storage systems commissioned at six schools in Nevis

Press Release

By: (NIA)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 20, 2020) — Onsite water storage tanks and delivery systems were commissioned at six educational institutions on Nevis on October 20, 2020, as part of a water security project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Global Environmental Fund, United Nations Environmental Program, Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).
 
The systems were installed as part of a federal project: “Ensuring Water Security in Vulnerable Schools in St. Kitts and Nevis through onsite Water Storage Capacity.”
 
Hon. Spencer Brand, Minister of Environment and Water Services in the NIA, officially commissioned the systems during a ceremony at the Charlestown Secondary School, where six 1000-gallon water storage tanks were installed.
 
He said the impact of this project is significant as it would ensure that students, faculty and staff have an uninterrupted supply of safe drinking water at their schools throughout the day, despite any emergency stoppage in the water system.
 
“On several occasions in the past for example, the normal operation of some schools would have been affected by a broken transmission line in their area, or due to unforeseen technical issues developed in the water system. Hence, this project is welcomed and very much appreciated. 
 
“In addition, the storage capacity of 54,000 gallons of water installed and retrofitted at our schools would reduce the strain on our water system as it would promote rain water harvesting which is a water conservation and management approach that have proven to be effective throughout the world,” he said.
 
He said the project is a welcomed addition to the efforts of the NIA to enhance the water system and supply on Nevis.
 
“The project falls within our development plans for the water sector on Nevis. The NIA has established a Water Resource Management Unit that will work with various stakeholders including the Nevis Water Department and the schools to manage our water resources in an integrated way which involve activities such as promoting public awareness and information, encourage water conservation techniques, rain water harvesting and water storage, and assist in policy formulation emerging from data collection and analysis.”
 
Mr. Kevin Barrett, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education on Nevis expressed gratitude for the timely project, on behalf of Hon. Troy Liburd, Junior Minister of Education in the NIA.
 
“I cannot emphasise enough how much a project such as this to the Ministry of Education, and more particularly our schools. It is not only a timely project, it is also a very necessary project…A big thank you has to be to be given to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre…and also USAID, for not only providing the financing for such a needed project but also for seeing just how important water is to the proper and efficient functioning of our schools,” he said.
 
Ms. Cheryl Jeffers, Conservation Officer in the Department of Environment in St. Kitts, informed that 12 schools on St. Kitts were also outfitted with similar systems.
 
She said as the region is projected to get drier due to climate change. Building resilience is of utmost importance, therefore, the project catered for retrofitting systems and installing pumping systems where possible, and the installation of new storage tanks at some institutions.
 
The recipient schools on Nevis are the Charlestown Pre, Charlestown Primary, St. James’ Primary, Ivor Walters Primary, Cecele Browne Integrated, and Charlestown Secondary schools.
 
Mr. Denison Paul of WaterWorks Solutions oversaw the installation of the water storage and distribution systems. 
 
The overall budget for the project was approximately EC$490,566, of which $215,947 was allocated for Nevis. The project was a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Environment in St. Kitts and Nevis; as well as the Nevis Disaster Management Department, Public Works Department, and Ministry of Education in Nevis. 

Source: SKN Vibes

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