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CCORAL Gets International Recognition: CIR Magazine Risk Management Awards 2013

  • Caribbean climate change tool recognised at major risk management awards
  • Developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and climate risk consultancy Acclimatise (
  • CCORAL developed with funding from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
  • CIR magazine Risk Management Awards 2013 recognise creative thinking and innovation to risk management.
Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) Infographic

Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) Infographic

The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tooL (CCORAL) has been recognised at a major international risk management awards. CCORAL, a web-based tool designed to help decision makers in the Caribbean integrate climate resilience into their decision making and planning processes, was developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre with technical support from climate risk consultancy Acclimatise and funding from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

The seminal risk management tool helped the consulting outfit to cop the prestigious ‘Consultancy of the Year’ award at the CIR magazine Risk Management Awards 2013.

The award recognised ‘consultants that deliver real creative thinking and innovation to risk management’, and Acclimatise CEO and CO-Founder John Firth was especially pleased that the hard work that was put into CCORAL had been recognised saying “This award is really an honour that we share with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. It is fantastic that CCORAL has been recognised in this way and further underlines what a powerful tool it is for climate risk management in the Caribbean region.”

The award follows a series of successes for CCORAL, which was referred to recently in the Jamaican parliament, with the Minister for Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, saying that the tool will be used “to assess the risk of community and national projects against specific climate change scenarios”.

The Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), Dr Rajendra Pachauri has also praised CCORAL saying “The development of the… tool [is] an extremely important asset in assessing the risk from the impacts of climate change in the Caribbean region”.

Deputy Director and Science Advisor at the CCCCC Dr Ulric Trotz says CCORAL, which allows for the integration of climate change and a risk ethic into national development planning across sectors, comes as part of a continued effort by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to strengthen climate adaptation. Last year they approved the 2011-2021 Implementation Plan to operationalise the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change.

The Implementation Plan was also designed by the CCCCC  with technical support from Acclimatise and funding from CDKN and DFID Caribbean. One priority challenge identified in the plan was the need to develop a risk management ethic in decision making in the Caribbean, ensuring the use of risk management processes and tools, management of uncertainties and integration of climate change into national development planning and decision making. CCORAL has been developed in response to this need.

To download a copy of the CCORAL brochure, please click here. To download a copy of the CCORAL infographic please click here. To download a copy of the CCORAL factsheet please click here.

To view the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) please click here.

Recording & Slideshow of our ‘Caribbean Climate Risk Management Webinar’

The Caribbean Regional Framework

The Caribbean Regional Framework

Recording and Slideshow for the ‘Caribbean Climate Risk Management Webinar’

Presenters: Tyrone Hall, Communications Specialist at the 5Cs; John Firth, CEO of Acclimatise, and Olivia Palin, Programme Leader, Sustainable Ecosystems at Acclimatise

Learn more about this project by perusing these associated posts:

5Cs to host ‘Caribbean Climate Risk Management Webinar’

Building picThe Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) will host a ‘Caribbean Climate Risk Management Webinar’ on April 11, 2013.

The webinar will be an opportunity to learn more about the region’s efforts to create a risk management framework, its intended applications across sectors and its contribution to building the region’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.  The webinar will also speak to the importance of embedding a risk ethic in decision-making in support of sustainable development in the CARICOM region.

The presenters will include Keith Nichols, Senior Project Development Specialist at the Centre and Mr. John Firth, CEO of the UK-based consulting firm Acclimatise. The two presentations will last a total of 15-20 minutes and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The webinar, which is scheduled to start at 10:30am EST, is primarily geared towards decision-makers and technocrats drawn from government ministries and departments from across the region, as well as development partners. However, the discussion will be posted on our online platforms for delayed use. To join the meeting, click here:  Caribbean Climate Risk Management Webinar. For more information email:

Learn more about the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN)-funded Caribbean Climate Risk Management Project.

5Cs Leads Four Country Risk Management Talks, Round Two

A team from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs), along with representatives from the UK based consulting group Acclimatise, are leading a series of high-level workshops in Suriname, Barbados, Jamaica and Belize from February 11 to 20.

The team, which is now in Suriname for the first event, is conducting the second set of focal point country consultations to help inform the development of a regional approach to climate change risk management. The consultation process involves three countries with comprehensive development plans — Jamaica’s Vision 2030, Barbados’ Green Economy Strategy and Suriname’s Green Vision. Belize which is also committed to climate resilience has been added for the second round of discussions (Barbados, February 13; Belize, February 18; Jamaica, February 20).

The team from the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) includes Keith Nichols, programme development specialist and Joe McGann, programme manager, and they will be joined by Olivia Palin and John Firth of the consulting group Acclimatise. They are slated to meet with officials from the Ministry of Finance, Labour, Technological Development and Environment, Spatial Planning and representatives from the Climate Compatible Development Agency, the National Coordination Centre for Disaster Preparedness, among other decision makers in Suriname today.

The consultation process is expected to result in a regional Risk Management Framework and the creation of a risk ethic in decision making through the creation of a web-based risk management tool, which is slated to be launched in April 2013. This will boost climate resilience in the region amidst increasing threats from climate change. Those threats include rising sea levels and the associated predicted loss of coastal livelihoods; warmer temperatures and the likelihood of increased incidents of diseases such as dengue and increased frequency and/or intensity of hurricanes and droughts.

The initiative is being funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) through the Climate Development Network (CDKN).

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