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Extension of Deadline: Design, Supply and Delivery, Installation, Commissioning and Training of 20 kWp Grid-tied 50 % Roof mounted and 50% ground mounted Photovoltaic System at the St. Rose Modern Secondary School, St. John, Grenada.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received funds from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) (UNEP for the purpose of implementing the project “Energy for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean (ESD)” and intends to apply a part of the proceeds towards payments for the Contract Design, Supply and Delivery, Installation, Commissioning  and     Training of 20 kWp Grid-tied 50 % Roof mounted and 50% ground mounted  Photovoltaic System at the St. Rose Modern Secondary School, St. John, Grenada. Peruse the official documents:

New deadline for submission–  2:00pm GMT-6, Monday 22 June 2020

World Environment Day, 2020

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre joins the international community in celebrating World Environment Day. While the COVID 19 pandemic and the international response to contain it have created and exacerbated hardships for everyone, they have also provided us with an opportunity for reflection and holistic recalibration.

Emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere have declined as industrial activity and travel screeched to a halt and is only now slowly coming back. Yet, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues to increase as historical emissions are taking their toll. That narrow window of opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is rapidly closing. We must cut emissions by 50% by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050 if we are to achieve it. This is why all countries must submit new, enhanced and more ambitious NDCs this year and commit to implement them unconditionally. This is not the time for inaction on this front.

Biodiversity is being celebrated this World Environment Day. This period of enforced confinement has provided us with an opportunity to appreciate the ecosystem surrounding us. There is less noise from air, land and marine transportation. We can see and hear more birds. The air is fresher. We can feel the wind. We can hear the rain on our roof tops. Instead of rushing around, we can actually appreciate nature.

Let us not waste the opportunity this time of reflection has provided. As we rebuild our lives and our economies, let us build back better. The response has stimulated our ingenuity in communication, living with less, recycling, and diets.

CARICOM are making every  effort to manage the threats posed by the pandemic . Let us not let down our guard. As the hurricane season warms up, let us ensure that we can also weather this threat.

Happy World Environment Day!

 

CCCCC, Govts of Belize and Italy break ground for Multi-Purpose Facility

L-R: Keith Nichols, Head of the Project Development and Management Unit, CCCCC; Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director, CCCCC; Minister Plenipotentiary Roberto Natali, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy; Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Belize; Hon. Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Belize; Mr. Joseph McGann, Senior Project Manager, CCCCC

Belmopan, Belize; November 28, 2018 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), in collaboration with the Governments of Belize and Italy, held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a Community Multi-purpose Emergency Centre (CMEC) at the Victor Galvez Stadium, in San Ignacio, Belize on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Breaking of the Ground – (L-R): Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Belize; Minister Plenipotentiary Roberto Natali, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy; Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director, CCCCC

The project “Reducing the Carbon Footprint of San Ignacio and Five Surrounding Villages in the Cayo District” is being implemented as a collaborative effort by the Government of Belize and the CCCCC with financial support from the Government of Italy. Approximately 25,000 residents in San Ignacio and surrounding villages are expected to benefit directly from the project at completion. The project include replacing existing street lighting in San Ignacio with more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights and the building of a multi-purpose facility for use as a disaster shelter and a community centre.

Project Manager Mr Joseph McGann noted that the project aims to build the recipient communities’ resilience to climate change and climate variability, which has led to increased intensity of extreme meteorological events in the form of hurricanes, floods, and droughts. These events have had profound negative impacts on national economies of Small Islands and Coastal Developing States (SIDS), threatening the survival of the most vulnerable populations and communities in these States, including Belize. With the implementation of the project, the Government of Belize, aims to:

  1. Quantify the benefits to be derived from the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission, through the use of more efficient lighting systems; and
  2. Reduce the vulnerability of rural communities to the impacts of extreme weather and other disaster generating events.

Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Belize

“We are extremely grateful for this collaboration with the Government and People of Italy. Belize, like so many Small Island Developing States, is disproportionately affected by the devastating impacts of climate change. Today, with this collaborative project with the Italians and the 5Cs, our community moves one step closer to adapt to what can be these devastating consequences of climate change.” said Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development, for the Government of Belize.

Minister Plenipotentiary Roberto Natali, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy

Minister Plenipotentiary Roberto Natali, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy told the gathering: “The great job of the Centre, directed by Dr. Leslie and his staff, the Government of Belize and the Government of Italy, made this miracle because this was something which was important for this region. And all (of us) together with collaboration and sincere decision, we have made this project and other things are already operative. I am proud that my country can contribute to this.”

Replacement of streetlights is expected to reduce energy consumption within the project area from 150W to 60W, per lamp, a 60% reduction in energy use; reduce emissions by 184 metric tons of CO2 per year; and result in some US$40,000 savings, which can be used for the benefit of the communities.

The Community Multi-purpose Emergency Centre (CMEC) will provide the residents of five rural communities and the town of San Ignacio with a central self-contained Centre that can be used both as a shelter in the event of a weather-related and other emergencies, and for other community social and sporting purposes and events. The five rural communities to be served by the Centre are Trenchtown, Kontiki, Boiton Area, Mosquitoville and Shawville.

The completed Community Centre will be equipped with an independently powered hybrid grid-connected PV renewable energy system, a rainwater storage system; an emergency communication system to ensure its continued operation during a major weather or other disaster event. Construction of the CMEC commenced November 22, 2018 and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019 at an estimated cost of BZ$1.6 million. Funding is being provided by the Government of Italy and the Government of Belize.

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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 recognised 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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