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Australian Envoy Touts Collaboration with the 5Cs

Credit: CARICOM Secretariat.Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (R), CARICOM Secretary-General, accepts the Letters of Credence of His Excellency Ross William Tysoe (L), the Plenipotentiary Representative of Australia to CARICOM. Thursday 4 April, 2013, CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana.

Credit: CARICOM Secretariat.
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (R), CARICOM Secretary-General, accepts the Letters of Credence of His Excellency Ross William Tysoe (L), the Plenipotentiary Representative of Australia to CARICOM. Thursday 4 April, 2013, CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana.

The Australian High Commissioner to CARICOM Ross Tysoe AO says “impressive work” is being carried out by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), which he experienced first-hand during a recent visit.

The envoy cited the Centre’s effective management of Australia’s technical and cooperation assistance in supporting Belize’s Barrier Reef Marine System, adding that Australia is pleased to have contributed to this project which included a coral reef early warning station. The Ambassador said the project is a “fantastic example” of CARICOM-Australia cooperation. Speaking on Thursday, April 04, 2013 following the formal acceptance of his letter of credence by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, the envoy said he is convinced Australia’s aid programmes are “in safe hands”.

Executive Director of the CARICOM Climate Change Centre Dr. Kenric Leslie and High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, AO

Executive Director of the CARICOM Climate Change Centre Dr. Kenric Leslie CBE and High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, AO

Cooperation between CARICOM and Australia was formalised in November 2009 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, between the leaders of CARICOM and Australia. At that meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, paving the way for Australia to make some $60 million (AUS) available over four years to CARICOM for cooperation in areas of special mutual interest.

The areas of cooperation include climate change, disaster risk reduction and emergency management; regional integration, including trade facilitation; education, including in the fields of science and technology, provision of scholarships and training of diplomats; university co-operation; food security and agricultural co-operation; renewable energy, microfinance; border security and sport, youth and culture.

Read 5Cs Welcomes Australia’s High Commissioner to CARICOM to learn more about Ambassador Tysoe’s recent visit to Centre.

5Cs to Share OECS Produced Climate Change Series

Starting March 2013 the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre will share episodes from the 12 part climate change-focused TV series “Understanding Climate Change” on all our web platforms (our website, blog, and YouTube channel). The series, which is produced by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, a sub-region within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), features climate change impacts and solutions – with an emphasis on issues related the water, tourism and agricultural sectors, as well as highlights on vulnerabilities to coastal areas, and increased exposure to natural disasters, such as hurricanes.

“Understanding Climate Change” was launched yesterday at “Our Planet”, a state of the art cinema theatre in downtown Castries. OECS Communications Specialist Tecla Fontenard notes that “an estimated 80 guests [were] in attendance, and over 15 media reps (including 7 cameras) from across the independent states of the OECS [were on hand to cover the event]”. The guests included representatives from local, national, regional and international agencies involved in environmental conservation and climate change related work in the OECS sub-region. Ms. Fontenard describes the launch as an “exciting night… the biggest we have seen so far for our climate change project”.

The TV series, which was recently completed with the assistance of a Saint Lucia-based consulting firm, is the first of its kind for the OECS Secretariat and is expected to contribute to awareness building efforts of an OECS-USAID Climate Change Project aimed at “Reducing the Risks to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC).

The series is part of the awareness component of the USAID-funded climate change project (RRACC), and is expected to generate increased curiosity on climate change and provide tips on how the public can make individual choices that will help them better cope with climate change related issues. The RRACC Project is a five-year development project which was launched in 2011 to assist OECS governments with building resilience through the implementation of climate change adaptation measures. RRACC will build an enabling environment in support of policies and laws to reduce vulnerability, address information gaps that constrain issues related to climate vulnerabilities, make interventions in freshwater and coastal management to build resilience, increase awareness on issues related to climate change and improve capacities for climate change adaptation.

See our other coverage of this event here.

About Us

Building picCaribbean Climate is the region’s premier climate change focused blog. It is produced by the Belmopan, Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). The 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.

The Centre maintains 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 the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 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 (UNITAR) 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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