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Invitation for Bids for the Supply of one (1) PV system – CMEC in San Ignacio

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply and installation of EITHER ONE (1) 5 kWp OR ONE (1) 3 kWp grid-tied Solar Photovoltaic System at the newly constructed Community Multi-Purpose Emergency Center (CMEC) at the Victor Galvez Stadium, San Ignacio Town, Cayo District.

Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures as specified in the CCCCC’s Procurement Manual, and is open to all eligible bidders with demonstrated experience and track record in PV Systems design and installation, registered and licensed to work in Belize.

Peruse the official invitation for bids and its accompanying bidding documents below:

The deadline for submission of bids at the CCCCC’s Office in Belmopan, BELIZE is 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Project Preparation Partnership Launched to Support Latin America and Caribbean National Institutions Improve Capacity for Developing Climate Resilient Water Projects for the Green Climate Fund

PRESS RELEASE

Panama City, Panama, September 5th, 2019:

A Technical Workshop on Project Preparation for Transformational Climate Resilient Water Project Concepts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), was held with 95 participants  – comprised of GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs), GCF Direct Access Entities (DAEs), representatives from Water Ministries and agencies, as well as academia – from 23 LAC countries.

The workshop was organised by the Global Water Partnership (GWP), in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), with technical inputs from the GCF Secretariat and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Group Photo 2

Group photo of participants 

The workshop responded to countries’ needs for support to strengthen the capacity of NDAs, DAEs, and Water Ministries and agencies to prepare climate resilient water projects that meet GCF investment criteria. Participants reviewed the GCF funding requirements and mandate, investment criteria, and its operational modalities and procedures for delivering climate finance through different windows. They also considered fit-for-purpose examples of project design and financing instruments. Countries shared their experiences and lessons in accessing GCF resources. Through interactive, hands-on exercises over three days, NDAs, DAEs, and water professionals and decision-makers, worked on 36 country-prioritised water project ideas to sharpen their climate rationale and paradigm shift potential.

The workshop is a flagship initiative that is driven by a collaboration of three GWP regions – Central America, South America and the Caribbean – in accelerating climate action via water, as per the GWP 2020-2025 Strategy. Additionally, the workshop served as a pivotal milestone to launch the Project Preparation Partnership for Climate Resilient Water Projects in LAC for the GCF, between GWP, IDB and the CCCCC. It will provide a platform for countries to continue exchanging knowledge and lessons, as their experience in preparing, financing, and implementing water projects, grows within the context of the GCF.

Co-organisers and participants of the workshop, and other relevant sector entities, are invited to join the Partnership and benefit from it. The Partnership provides a structured resource for LAC countries to continue accessing strategic and technical support to prioritise and prepare climate resilient water projects via a facilitated, flexible mechanism that enables demand-driven technical assistance for NDAs, DAEs, and national water agencies.

According to a 2016 UNFCCC survey of country climate action priorities, water is the most-cited pathway through which countries experience climate impacts and also the most-often prioritised sector through which countries seek to build resilience in their economies, their inhabitants’ livelihoods, and their natural ecosystems.

But when it comes to preparing and implementing adaptation projects, few of these water actions shift from priority lists to action on the ground. Barriers cited by countries include capacity limitations within countries, and weak coordination among in-country entities including Ministries of Water, Ministries of Planning, and Ministries of Finance.

The Partnership is committed to continue the momentum generated from this workshop, with NDAs, DAEs, and ministries supporting one another to overcome barriers, drawing on the increasing expertise across the continent. Furthermore, recognising aspects of water projects that deliver development benefits that do not directly address climate impacts, require co-financing from other sources such as governments or the private sector. The Partnership will work with active and relevant financing partners for project preparation to appropriately structure financing for climate resilient GCF water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 About the IDB

We work to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, we help improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. Our aim is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. With a history dating back to 1959, today we are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance; and we conduct extensive research. We maintain a strong commitment to achieving measurable results and the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability.

About CCCCC

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and on the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change in the Caribbean.

 About GWP

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a global action network with over 3,000 Partner organisations in 183 countries. GWP’s vision is a water secure world. Our mission is to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development.

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre at LAC Climate Week

Dr Elon Cadogan and Mr Carlos Fuller of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre attended the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil from 19 to 23 August 2019.

On Monday, Regional and International Liaison Officer, Carlos Fuller introduced the Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas System (IG3IS) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at a side event on “Science-Based Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimates in Support of National and Sub-National Climate Change Mitigation”. This was followed by presentations on two pilot projects utilizing the system in Recifre, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico. He then spoke on the need for enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at a Regional Dialogue on NDCs.

On Wednesday, he was a panelist at the opening of the Climate Week and then moderated a panel discussion which included Ms Lisa Morris Julian, the Mayor of Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, on “Mitigation and Vulnerability Hotspots” as part of  a session on “Pathways to a Low-Carbon and Resilient Future in Latin America and the Caribbean Urban Areas and Settlements”.  He then delivered a presentation on adaptation on the coastal zone of Belize and facilitated a panel discussion which followed.

Dr Elon Cadogan, the National Project Coordinator for the GCF-funded “Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados Project” delivered a presentation on the project at the Technical Expert Meeting – Mitigation (TEM-M) on “Circular Economy Solutions and Innovations in Water and Energy Management for the Agri-Food Chain”.

The Centre’s team utilized the opportunity to engage with CARICOM representatives attending the LAC Climate Week including officials from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago and other regional experts.

The 2020 Lac Climate Week will be held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Vacancy – Stakeholder And Gender Specialist (SGS)

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is seeking a Stakeholder and Gender Specialist to strengthen the Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU) through the preparation of project/programme proposals for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and the Caribbean Region in general. The PDMU aims at ensuring improved proposals crafting for innovative, impactful and transformative projects that can qualify for bilateral or multilateral climate and/or developmental financing, inclusive of funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In order to integrate gender into these project/programme proposals, the Stakeholder and Gender Specialist will develop a gender assessment and social inclusion action plan.

Peruse the following official document: Terms of Reference – Stakeholder and Gender Specialist (SGS)

Applications should be clearly identified as – “Recruitment of Consultant – Stakeholder and Gender Specialist (SGS)- Building Capacity for the Regional Approach to Climate Action in the Caribbean: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)” and be submitted as one PDF file (in the order listed above) via email to:

Ms. Ethlyn Valladares
Human Resource Administrator
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
Lawrence Nicholas Building, Ring Road
Belmopan City, Belize, C.A.
Phone: + (501) 822-1094 or 1104
hr@caribbeanclimate.bz

The deadline for the submission of applications is on or before 2:00pm (-6 GMT), Friday 13th September 2019.

CCCCC and CATIE sign MOU

(L-R) Dr Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre with Dr Muhammad Ibrahim, Director-General of the
Tropical Agricultural Research And Higher Education Center

August 13, 2019; Belmopan, Belize. – On Tuesday, August 12, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) hosted representatives from the Tropical Agricultural Research And Higher Education Center (CATIE) for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both institutions at its offices in Belmopan.

Dr Muhammad Ibrahim, the Director-General of CATIE, accompanied by one member of its Board, Mrs Gale Miller-Garnett, joined a small team from the CCCCC led by the Executive Director, Dr Kenrick Leslie to sign the MOU.

The agreement formalises a partnership to address:
• The development of joint proposals to secure resources to enhance collaborative possibilities through donors and partners;
• Assistance in the implementation of research and development programs; and
• The delivery of training programs and activities for professionals, officials, producers, and other appropriate clients.

Dr Ibrahim outlined CATIE’s areas of interests noting: “We are particularly interested in collaborating on Climate Change Adaptation initiatives that focus on the scaling up of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation by building on knowledge within Central America and reporting on the status of Biodiversity and Climate Change. We acknowledge that the Sustainable Development Goals are all linked to the Climate Change agenda and we want to build on achieving those”, Dr Ibrahim said.

In his response, Dr Leslie spoke of the willingness to work with counterpart agencies in achieving the Centre’s prime objectives: “There are many things that we as a community can do to prove beneficial to this work. The Centre has developed a model for partnership that has attributed to much of our success. The Centre welcomes the invitation to explore this partnership as both institutions share their expertise to further these initiatives,” he said.

In his remarks, Deputy Director and Science Advisor of the CCCCC Dr Ulric Trotz highlighted the areas that were most in need of resources.

“Two areas calling for significant resources to address them are the mangrove restoration and coral reef restoration. Between our institutions, we have enough information that we can use to scale up and focus our energy on a major intervention”.

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) is a regional body dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture, and the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Its members include Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the State of Acre in Brazil.

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National Teacher Training Workshops For Climate Change Education

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; August 1, 2019 – Today August 1, 2019 the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) kicked off a national training exercise that aims to prepare teachers at the primary and secondary level in Belize to better understand and deliver the complex concepts and uncommon terminologies of Climate Science and Climate Change to their young students.

The 1.5° Curriculum training which is being delivered in six two-day workshops, introduces the Centre’s four-unit 1.5° to Stay Alive Curriculum and helps teachers to use the concepts and resources to support STEM subjects. Areas covered by the Curriculum and accompanying materials are Unit 1- The Warming Climate, Unit 2 – Sea Level Rise, Unit 3 – Pine Forests, Unit 4 – Social Impacts of Global Warming and include worksheets, photographs, posters, suggestions for PowerPoint presentations, and videos.

The Curriculum and the Training sessions on its use, form part of the Centre’s 1.5° to Stay Alive Educational Initiative which seeks to embed Climate Change in the regions’ education sector.

According to: Dr. Cain  “When youths are made aware of the connection between personal actions and Global Warming and Climate Change and how those actions relate to the associated impacts of these global phenomenon, they can grasp its ramifications. It is hoped that these workshops will result in heightened awareness amongst educators and youths, as well as changes in their personal habits, practices and values. Our youths must become more actively involved in actions, including leading the charge, towards a climate-resilient future.”

Dr Donneil Cain, Project Development Specialist, CCCCC

It is hoped that after training, educators will be better prepared to convey firm response actions and commitments to reduce vulnerabilities through the implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures.  Participants in these training sessions also learn how to incorporate Climate Change into their existing syllabi. The lessons utilise a cross-curricular approach of accepted philosophies and pedagogical techniques designed to foster interactive engagement in group discussions and practical experiments.

The sessions are being held as follows:

  • August 1 – 2 Belize City
  • August 5 – 6 Punta Gorda
  • August 7 – 8 Dangriga
  • August 12 – 13 Belmopan
  • August 14 – 15 San Ignacio
  • August 19 – 20 Orange Walk

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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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Regional Meteorologists Meet in Belize

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is organizing a Regional Workshop of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City from 10 to 12 July 2019. Representatives of the national Meteorological Services of the Caribbean and Central America will discuss the status of the land and ocean-based weather observing systems in the region, identify gaps in the networks, address issues of sustainability and maintenance, and identify potential sources of funding to address any weaknesses.

The GCOS Secretariat is housed in the Headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Members of the Secretariat will also be in attendance at the workshop.

The GCOS Secretariat reports annually to the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the status of the global climate observing system. The outcome of this regional workshop will feature prominently in their report this year at COP25 in December in Santiago de Chile.

CARICOM Climate Change Experts Meet in Belize

Climate change experts from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are meeting in Belize at the Belize Biltmore Plaza between Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9, 2019 to review the draft Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

The workshop is being organised by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in association with Climate Analytics and is being implemented through the IMPACT project which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

The objective of the workshop is to prepare CARICOM officials for the IPCC Plenary Meeting in September 2019 which will adopt the Summary for Policy Makers and the underlying report. Chapters in the report addressing sea level rise and the implications for low lying coastal communities and marine ecosystems will be especially important for the Caribbean. The report will provide inputs to the next round of climate change negotiations at COP 25 in Santiago de Chile in December 2019.

The IPCC is the intergovernmental body of the United Nations charged with providing objective scientific information on climate change, its impacts and possible response actions. It produces an authoritative assessment on climate change every seven years in addition to special reports. Its last Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius produced last year is now the principal scientific document influencing the international response to climate change.

Request for Expressions of Interest – Project Development Specialist (PDS), Resource Mobility Officer (RMO), and Protocol Declaration Liaison Officer (PDLO) – Grenada

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received financing from Green Climate Fund (GCF), toward the cost of the project titled “Strengthening Institutional and Implementation Capacity for Delivery of Climate Change Investment Projects: Grenada” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the contracting of:

  • One (1) Project Development Specialist (PDS); 
  • One (1) Resource Mobility Officer (RMO);
  • One (1) ProtocolDeclaration Liaison Officer (PDLO

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

  1. Letter of motivation outlining motivation and how your experience, skills, qualifications and professional networks fit with the required job description.
  2. Curriculum vitae or Résumé with full details of experience, achievements, qualifications and names
  3. Must be a national of one of the CARICOM Member States 
  4. Contact details of three (3) references 

Submissions are to be sent via email as PDF files to procurement@caribbeanclimate.bz

The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6),  Friday, 28 June 2019

Peruse the required documents below:

Request for Expressions of Interest – Project Engineer and Project Administrative Officer

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre has received financing from Green Climate Fund (GCF), toward the cost of the project titled “Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (WSRN S-Barbados)” and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the contracting of : 
1. One Project Engineer 2. One Project Administrative Officer

The CCCCC now invites eligible Consultants to express their  interest in providing the Services. 
All suitably qualified persons are invited to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) covering the points outlined in the TOR. EOI must include:

  1. Letter of motivation outlining motivation and how your experience, skills, qualifications and professional networks fit with the required job description.
  2. Curriculum vitae or Résumé with full details of experience, achievements, qualifications and names
  3. Be a national of one of the CARICOM Member States living in and eligible to work in Barbados; and
  4.  Contact details of three (3) references 

Submissions are to be as PDF files sent via email to procurement@caribeanclimate.bz

The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is on or before 2:00pm (GMT-6), Friday  28 June 2019

Peruse the required documents below:

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