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Request for Proposal – Gender-based Climate Resilience Analysis (Baseline Analysis)

The UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean – BARBADOS invites interested applicants to submit their proposals for the Gender-based Climate Resilience Analysis (Baseline Analysis) to conduct a baseline assessment inclusive of quantitative and qualitative data that would assist in achieving the project’s immediate Outcome 1110: “Improved national capacity for gender-responsive climate change adaptation and mitigation planning and implementation among state and non-state actors in the target countries”.

Peruse the official Procurement Notice here.

The deadline for submission is May 8, 2020 at 06:00 PM (New York time).

CCCCC to participate in the Placencia Ambition Forum on April 20 – 22

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre will participate in the Placencia Ambition Forum (PAF) to be held next week. The PAF is being organized by Belize in its capacity as the Chair of the Alliance of Small island States (AOSIS). It will assemble the major stakeholders working on an ambitious response to the climate change emergency and safeguarding the integrity of the Paris Agreement. The PAF was originally scheduled to be held in Placencia, Belize on 20 and 21 April, however, as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, it will now be a virtual event from 20 to 22 April. The opening Plenary Session on Monday will feature addresses by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez, the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honourable Dean Barrow, the Hon Omar Figueroa, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ambassador Patricia Espinosa, among others. This will be followed by two regional sessions, the first one Monday evening for the Caribbean and Pacific regions. The second will be held on Tuesday for the  Africa and Indian Ocean region. The two regional sessions will feature four simultaneous breakout groups where panelists and participants will discuss Energy, Transport, Adaptation and Resilience, and Finance. The Forum will conclude with a Plenary session where the Incoming COP 26 President, the Honourable Alok Sharma, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will receive the outcomes of the regional sessions. Other high-level dignitaries will also address the plenary session. The objective of the Forum is for AOSIS Member States to showcase the initiatives they are taking to enhance and implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and spur others to emulate their leadership to ensure that the outcomes of COP 26 are ambitious. Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Jamaica are among the CARICOM Member presenting at the event. The CARICOM Secretariat and its Energy Unit, the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), and the University of the West Indies will join the Centre in participating in the Forum. For more information on the Placencia Ambition Forum, see https://www.aosis.org/about-placencia-ambition-forum/

UNEP Caribbean Webinar series – starting April 29, 2020

The United Nations Environment Programme’s Caribbean Sub-Regional Office (UNEP Caribbean) is hosting a Webinar series – starting April 29, 2020. It will be the first in a monthly series and will feature the work across the region being conducted by UNEP, including the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, the Cartagena Convention Secretariat, and the Offices in Haiti and Guyana.

You are invited to register via the link on the flyer: https://bit.ly/2UTCqsl. UNEP Caribbean asks that you register in advance in order for you to receive the connection details.

Partnership Against COVID-19

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Commission, in the delivery of its development mandate within the Eastern Caribbean, remains resolute in its pursuit to create an enabling environment in which citizens across the Eastern Caribbean can thrive, do business, play, raise families and win! The current onslaught of the novel Corona Virus, which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March this year, threatens the very existence of this enabling environment.  To date, although the virus is not comparatively wide-spread when viewing global figures, the collective preventative measures taken by the various governments in response to the current threats posed to the Region resulted in the following:

  • Closure of sea and airports which adversely affects the movement of goods, people and enterprise
  • Closure and / or reduction in operating hours of the business community
  • Wide-spread layoffs and unemployment
  • Loss in revenue and GDP
  • Closure of schools
  • Wide-spread fear resulting in panic buying and psychosocial disturbances

These adverse effects have already started to pose a grave danger to the economies of the Eastern Caribbean.  The OECS Commission has been quick in its response and to date has initiated and executed several initiatives, the outcome of which is channelled towards reducing the effect on the Region as a whole.  It is in this regard, that we are soliciting your assistance to improve the response to stemming the effect of COVID-19.

Peruse the COVID-19 Response Plan -OECS_Private Sector_Partnership Deck outlining the current needs in the response effort and ways in which you can assist.  The request is urgent and we are grateful for an immediate response.

Vacancy – Consultant, NAP – Adaptation Planner, Antigua and Barbuda

Job Title Consultant/Firm for the Development of Climate Resilient Medium-Term Development Strategy, Climate Change Adaptation Plan & Strategic Impact Assessment for Barbuda
Contracting Authority Department of Environment, Ministry with responsible the Environment, Antigua and Barbuda (‘DOE’)
Date of Issue Monday 2nd March 2020
Extended Deadline Friday 10th April 2020, 11:59 PM (Antigua Time)
To Apply Peruse the official Terms of Reference for Consultant, NAP – Adaptation Planner, Antigua and Barbuda

Individual consultants or firms are invited to apply for this opportunity. Please email the Procurement Officer at DOE@ab.gov.ag and copied to antiguaenvironmentdivision@gmail.com and michai.robertson@ab.gov.ag the following:

Request for Consultancy Services

·         Cover letter

·         Curriculum Vitae

·         Contact information for three (3) references

·         Technical Proposal inclusive of a Proposed Budget

Please use email subject line: “Application for the Barbuda Adaptation Plan Consultant

Equal Employment Opportunity The DOE provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The DOE also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programmes.
Late Bids Late Bids will not be accepted.
Duration Eight (8) months, Starting the 1st May 2020. The consultancy can be home-based, with outputs executed in Barbuda, namely stakeholder consultations and community validation exercise(s)

CCCCC Implements Work From Home Policy

Cop26 climate talks postponed to 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic

The Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow where Cop26 is due to take place. (Pic: Flickr/Stevie Brown)

Postponement will help clarify US climate policy – Trump is pulling out of the Paris Agreement but Biden or Sanders would rejoin if elected in November

The UN has postponed a critical summit meant to jumpstart global climate action until 2021 as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

The UN talks, known as Cop26, had been due to take place in Glasgow from 9-20 November with the goal of spurring deep cuts in greenhouse gases in the coming decade to rein in rising temperatures.

Up to 30,000 delegates were expected from around the world in the biggest diplomatic event the UK has ever hosted.

“The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting Covid-19,” Alok Sharma, UK president-designate of Cop26, said in a statement. “That is why we have decided to reschedule Cop26.”

“Covid-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term,” said Patricia Espinosa, head of UN Climate Change.

A UN statement seen by Climate Home News said the summit would be postponed into next year, but did not set a new date. A preparatory session of talks due at UN Climate Change’s headquarters in Bonn, Germany, in June were also put off until preliminary dates of 4-13 October, with a review in August.

The session of mid-year talks is due to lay some of the ground work ahead of the Cop, giving negotiators time to advance on technical issues. A number of topics including the reporting of countries’ climate plans and efforts to create a new global carbon market were left unresolved at the last round of talks.

The decision to postpone the talks was taken by the UN Climate Change bureau – which is comprised of top climate diplomats from various countries, including Cop25 president and Chilean environment minister Carolina Schmidt and UN Climate Change head Patricia Espinosa.

UN Climate Change and the UK government “agreed to work closely with the COP Bureau members over the next few weeks to identify a suitable date for Cop26,” the statement added.

As of 1 April, coronavirus had killed more than 37,200 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. The Cop26 venue, the Scottish Event Campus, is being turned into a temporary hospital with an initial 300 beds to increase patient capacity in Scotland during the Covid-19 crisis.

The postponement will give some clarity to governments and diplomats who have been waiting to know the impact of the pandemic on this year’s climate timetable.

It also means governments around the world will have more time to assess the likely stark impact of the US presidential election, on 3 November, on global efforts to avert more heatwaves, wildfires and rising sea levels.

The US will formally leave the Paris Agreement on 4 November, under a decision by President Donald Trump. Democratic candidates to take on Trump – Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders – have pledged to immediately rejoin the Paris Agreement if they win.

That means a Democratic victory would make the US a leading voice for climate action at the postponed Cop26, and a mere observer if Trump wins a second term.

“Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient,” Espinosa said.

“Postponing Cop26 … is the right thing to do – public health and safety must come first now,” said Laurence Tubiana, an architect of the Paris Agreement and CEO of the European Climate Foundation.

Speaking to reporters before the announcement, Tubiana said the pandemic had made carrying out the formal international diplomacy necessary for countries to ramp up their climate plans “really difficult”.

“I think we have to be innovative on the way we keep the momentum going,” she said, adding that governments would have to move away “from a diplomacy only focused on UN Climate Change” and coordinate with others on how stimulus packages can help accelerate the green transition.

Christiana Figueres, former head of UN Climate Change, added “there can be no pushing off the urgent need for climate action in 2020”.

Earlier this year, the UK called the summit its top international priority for 2020, a year when London is also trying to sort out a new relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

In 2021, the UK is due to preside over the G7 and Italy, which submitted a joint bid with London to preside over Cop26 and is due to organise preparatory events known as the pre-Cop, the G20.

Governments are under pressure to submit tougher climate plans to the UN this year to bridge the gap between current levels of commitments to cut emissions and levels needed to limit global temperature rise “well below 2C”, in line with the Paris Agreement goals.

So far, only four countries – the Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway and Moldova – have submitted more ambitious climate plans to the UN. On Monday, Japan became the first G7 country to submit an updated plan, but it merely reaffirmed its existing 2030 goal, set in 2015.

If the talks are postponed well into 2021, governments will also have what is likely to be a bleak report about the mounting risks of global warming from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due to be published in mid-April.

The virus outbreak is also threatening developing countries’ plans to step up climate action this year as expert meetings are being postponed and resources are mobilised to address the public health crisis.

Speaking to Climate Home News, Tenzin Wangmo, of Bhutan and the lead negotiator for the group of Least Developed Countries (LDC), said most countries had only started to work on this climate plans when the virus spread across the world.

“It’s going to be tough to submit climate plans this year,” agreed Carlos Fuller, of Belize and the lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States.

CREDIT: Climate Home News

CARICOM COVID-19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact Survey

The COVID-19 crisis is rapidly altering how people can earn a living and access food. In order to provide more information on these critical issues, CARICOM has launched a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on food security, livelihoods and access to markets. Prepared by the World Food Programme with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization, it contains 15 questions and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed by anyone with the link, and the results will be communicated through a dashboard and information products.

CARICOM COVID-19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact Survey link: https://arcg.is/1SuCrb

The level of information per country/territory will depend on the number of responses. Wide distribution is therefore critical. We request that you:  ​

  • Distribute the “CARICOM COVID-19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact Survey” link via email, WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media
  • Contact other government agencies and partners to request them to circulate the link ​
  • Circulate through media channels

Summary Report of the Pre-Bid Meeting for the ITB No: #13/2020/WSRN S-Barbados/GCF/CCCCC – Design, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of 4.5 MW Solar photovoltaic generation and 2.0 MW MicroTurbine systems

ITB No: #13/2020/WSRN S-Barbados/GCF/CCCCC – Design, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of 4.5 MW Solar photovoltaic generation and 2.0 MW MicroTurbine systems

The Pre- Bid Meeting and Site Visit was held on Tuesday March 10th, 2020 commencing 10:00 am (Barbados time) at the Barbados Water Authority Training Room Annex.

Peruse the Summary Report of the Pre-Bid Meeting.

For more information, see:

The deadline for submission of Bids was Tuesday, March 31st 2020 at 10:00 AM (Barbados Time which is GMT-4).

 

CLARIFICATION #7 & 8: ITB No: #13/2020/WSRN S-Barbados/GCF/CCCCC – Design, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of 4.5 MW Solar photovoltaic generation and 2.0 MW MicroTurbine systems

Invitation for Bids: “Design, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of 4.5 MW Solar photovoltaic generation and 2.0 MW MicroTurbine systems and other Components for specified Barbados Water Authority Pumping Stations”: Ref: ICB No. Contract # 13/2020/WSRN S-Barbados/GCF/CCCCC: Response #7 and #8 to Additional Queries Raised We write with reference to paragraph 7.1 of the Instructions to Bidders (ITB) that addresses the subject of ‘Clarification of Bidding Documents’. In accordance with paragraph 7.1 of the ITB, a Bidder requiring any clarification of the Bidding Document shall contact the Centre (the Employer) in writing or raise enquiries during the pre-Bid meeting. The Centre / Employer shall: (i) respond in writing, provided the clarification is requested prior to the deadline for clarification and (ii) forward its response to all potential bidders who acquired the Bidding Document. The Centre / Employer is also required to include in the response a description of the inquiry without identifying its source. Peruse the additional queries received to date and Centre’s responses as follows: For more information, see: The deadline for submission of Bids is Tuesday, March 31st 2020 at 10:00 AM (Barbados Time which is GMT-4).

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