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Caribbean climate change tool recognised at major risk management awards
Developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and climate risk consultancy Acclimatise (www.acclimatise.uk.com)
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.
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 view the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) please click here.
In keeping with its thrust to promote a culture of risk management across the region, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre launched a seminal online support tool in Saint Lucia today. The launch event, which was attended by permanent secretaries from ministries of finance and planning, development partners, Saint Lucia’s Deputy Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre (among other St. Lucian officials), a broad cross-section of regional stakeholders and journalists, officially introduced the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL).
In his keynote address Dr. James Fletcher, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, urged the region to ensure broad use and adaptability of CCORAL. He added that CCORAL, which has been endorsed by Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, will promote climate-smart development by helping to embed a risk management ethic in decision-making processes across the region.
“The development of the risk assessment tool [is] an extremely important asset in assessing the risk from the impacts of climate change in the Caribbean region,” according to Dr. Pachauri. The two dozen island nations of the Caribbean, and the 40 million people who live there, are in a state of increased vulnerability to climate change. Higher temperatures, sea level rise, and increased hurricane intensity threaten lives, property and livelihoods throughout the region. Against this background, CCORAL will help to boost the capacity of these countries to assess their risk amidst a variable and changing climate, while creating pathways for the identification and implementation of adaptation and mitigation options.
“CCORAL is a practical approach to cost-effective climate-resilient investment projects,” says Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. “CCORAL will aid the region in defining approaches and solutions that will provide benefits now and in the future by adopting ‘no-regret’ actions and flexible measures.”
It is intended to be used primarily by agencies at the regional and national level with responsibility for development, planning and finance, the private sector and non-governmental organisations. Ministries of Finance and/or Planning are central to the initial efforts to anchor this tool in climate resilience-building decisions. Notwithstanding, civil society organisations, universities, financial services and development partners, local communities can also use CCORAL to inform actions that must embed climate considerations. The tool is available to all member countries through an open source online platform at ccoral.caribbeanclimate.bz.
According to Keith Nichols, Programme Development Specialist at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, “the development of the risk assessment tool emerged after an extensive consultation process with regional stakeholders to ensure authenticity, relevance and ownership”. It is a direct response to the requirement of the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (the “Regional Framework”) and the landmark Implementation Plan (IP) that were endorsed by CARICOM Heads in 2009 and 2012, respectively. The IP acknowledges that a transformational change in mindset, institutional arrangements, operating systems, collaborative approaches and integrated planning mechanisms are essential to deliver the strategic elements and goals of the Regional Framework and to enable climate smart development by embedding a risk management ethic in decision-making.
The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL), has been developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN).
Updated July 12, 2013 at 12:07pm post-lauch
The first edition of the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership (C-FISH) newsletter is now available. The February 2013 issue is titled “Strengthening community-based fish sanctuaries”. C-FISH is aimed at strengthening the management of fish sanctuaries, also known as marine reserves or ‘no-take’ zones.
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).