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The United Kingdom-based Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Annual Report is now available. The report features the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre’s development of CCORAL, a seminal online risk assessment tool, with support from both CDKN and UKaid.
The report notes:
In only three years, CDKN has grown to become a programme spanning the globe and forging new partnerships among researchers, planners, knowledge brokers, and policy-makers. Today, we work globally, and in 74 countries, delivering real change through our research, policy advice to governments, and support for negotiators.
At the heart of our vision is ‘climate compatible development’: helping developing countries to mitigate and manage climate change, while simultaneously achieving their objectives of poverty reduction and human development. This is no easy task. The world economy will be transformed by climate change and by the measures taken to deal with it: poor countries and poor people already face many new vulnerabilities, but also new opportunities to innovate and grow.
CDKN has established itself as a leading global climate and development alliance. We provide:
- a trusted global network of leading institutions and practitioners responding to developing countries’ needs
- cutting-edge research that is focused on poverty, growth and climate change, and is applied directly to policy-making and development practice
- a proven, scaled and flexible delivery system involving public-private partnership.
The Annual Report 2013 outlines CDKN’s core programmatic themes: climate compatible development policies and planning; developing countries’ access to climate finance; strengthened resilience through disaster risk management; and support for climate negotiators from the least developed and most climate-vulnerable countries. Diverse and inspiring examples show how, through partnerships, our work is creating new opportunities and benefits for developing countries in all of these areas.
Download the CDKN Annual Report 2013
The Board of Governors of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre concluded its annual meeting (August 22 -24) in Belize yesterday. Among the key decisions taken, the Centre will continue to pursue a broader mix of regional and national projects and actions, advance efforts to boost its institutional capacity, and expand its collaborative work with the various economic and social sectors, including health, renewable energy and youth.
Regional and National Tracks
Chairman of the Board Dr Leonard Nurse says the Centre’s primary focus on a combination of regional and national (dual track) climate change activities is consistent with its regional mandate. This mandate is outlined in the Regional Framework and its accompanying Implementation Plan, which was approved by CARICOM Heads of Governments last year. The dual track approach “allows us to enhance the region’s resilience, so that we can minimize the impact of climate change on certain critical sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, tourism and others, that underpin the economic viability of the region”.
The Chairman notes that the Centre is already strategically developing and implementing dual track initiatives that address the priorities outlined in the Regional Framework and accompanying Implementation Plan— among them is the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank-funded Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and the Caribbean component of the Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance programme, which is supported by the European Union. Under the PPCR initiative, the Centre will be working with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to better understand the linkages between climate change and human health.
The Centre has expanded rapidly having developed the capacity to successfully execute a suite of regional climate change programmes worth between US$40 and US$50 million over the last five years. Pilot projects such as the installation of a Reverse Osmosis Plant in Bequia using solar energy (photovoltaic) have improved access to potable water. Elements of this project are being replicated across the region— Petite Martinique, Carriacou (both dependencies of Grenada), Belize, Barbados and The Bahamas. These successes have resulted in increased demand for the Centre’s services.
Executive Director Dr Kenrick Leslie says the Centre was directed by CARICOM Heads to “work with national governments to put together programmes that would help them develop bankable projects that can be funded under the various mechanisms under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Therefore, the Centre is putting maximum effort to ensure CARICOM Member States get their fair share of the financial resources available through the Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund and other funds to help them in their adaptation efforts. That is our primary thrust— to meet the mandate given to us by the regional Heads [last year].”
Accordingly, the Centre is strengthening its capacity by consolidating the work of its Monitoring and Evaluation Unit to better prepare it to function as an implementing agency. This will enable the Centre to access resources to implement programmes that are now largely within the remit of globally recognized institutions. The Centre’s expanded M&E Unit will assist regional governments in developing, monitoring and evaluating programmes. The Board has also unveiled plans to strengthen its fiduciary oversight through initiatives such as more frequent financial reporting, a Finance and Audit Sub-Committee of the Board of Governors, an internal audit function for the Centre and increased focus on data and plant security.
Dr Nurse says these actions are necessary given the Centre’s shift from a project based orientation to more programmatic activities. He notes that the Centre, which is primarily funded through grants, is advancing efforts to complete the establishment of a Trust Fund. The Fund, which has been seeded with a grant from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, will be managed by a Board of Trustees external to the Centre. The Trust Fund will be a vital component of the Centre’s thrust to ensure its financial sustainability.
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) opened its 2013 Extra-Regional Scholarship application process this week. Through its Scholarship/Professional Development Programme of the wider CCRIF Technical Assistance (TA) Programme, CCRIF will provide a maximum of two scholarships annually for citizens of CARICOM member countries and/or CCRIF member countries who are desirous of pursuing a Masters or an MBA programme in one of the areas identified below which are not available at regional universities but which are available at universities in the United Kingdom, United States or Canada:
-(Catastrophe) Risk Management
-Other hazard/disaster related disciplines
-MBA programme with a major in risk management and/or insurance or a related field
The scholarships are valued at a maximum of US$40,000 each and are specifically for those applicants who would have gained admission to a Masters level programme or an MBA programme fitting the eligibility criteria above.
Last year, CCRIF provided two extra-regional scholarships to students to pursue a Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University in the United States of America and an MSc in Climate Change and Development at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.
CCRIF’s TA Programme has been developed to help countries in the region deepen their understanding of natural hazards and catastrophe risk and the potential impacts of climate change. The scholarship component of the TA programme is designed to assist with the creation of a cadre of professionals who can play a key role in developing national and regional strategies that will lead to improved disaster risk management and increased climate change resilience.
Since 2010, CCRIF has awarded nineteen scholarships to students through its Extra-Regional Scholarship Programme, the University of the West Indies (UWI)-CCRIF scholarship programme and cooperation with member countries and regional organisations. Total disbursements to date are in excess of US$200,000.
For information on the scholarships and instructions on how to apply, applicants should visit the CCRIF extra-regional scholarship website at http://www.ccrif.org/content/extra-regional-scholarship or send an email with their enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.