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A contingent of Caribbean climate modellers and scientists recently participated in the VAMOS/CORDEX Workshop on Latin-America and Caribbean. The workshop was held at the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) in Lima, Peru ( September 11-13) and brought together an international community of regional climate modellers from South America and the Caribbean.
The workshop sought to:
(i) pursue an initial assessment of the various CORDEX downscaling initiatives over the South American and Central American CORDEX domains;
(ii) develop regionally focused vulnerability, impact and adaptation (VIA) user-knowledge; and
(iii) identify stakeholders’ needs so as to support the science-based information required for climate adaptation, mitigation and risk management in the region.
The Caribbean was represented by members of the regional modelling consortium, including presenters from the Instituto de Meteorlogia (Cuba), the three campuses of The University of the West Indies (Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago), the Antom de Kom University of Suriname, and the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service.
The Caribbean presentations notably highlighted the coordinated and collaborative manner in which modelling is being undertaken within the region and the resulting science. The application of regional climate modelling in determining future flood risk at the watershed scale in the Caribbean was also a highlight.
To learn more about the work of the Caribbean regional modelling consortium, please click here and search for PRECIS (see examples below):
Did you know that a demand-driven Climate Support Facility (CSF) was developed under the European Union-funded Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) programme in June 2012?
The request must be made by an institution based in an ACP country (African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states). However there is no restriction regarding the legal status of the institution (public, private, university, NGOs, association, etc…).
The assistance requested must fall within at least one of the 5 GCCA priorities :
- Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM)
- Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
The CSF does not provide financial support, but covers all the expenses related to the assistance it provides (experts fees, international travel of the experts, possibility of budget for local travels, possibility of budget for workshop or training venue/material/catering).
The assistance provided is punctual. There is no exact limit regarding the duration of the mission, but beneficiaries are expected to have the resources to take over the outputs of our mission and integrate them in a larger project/programme.
For more information:
The request can be made at any time and the resulting mission can be implemented relatively quickly. To submit a proposal you can either use the online request form or contact Dr Pendo Maro, the ACP Secretariat’s Climate Change expert, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +32 495 28 14 94.
Today marks the end of the four day summit that included the inaugural Intra-African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Programme Regional Technical Meeting (RTM, July 16-17) and the Second Programme Steering Committee Meeting (July 18 – 19).
The gathering sought to raise interest in this global programme; establish thematic working groups in order to enhance networking and communication and facilitate exchange of information and expertise within the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme.
The outcomes of the RTM drove discussions in the Second Programme Steering Committee meeting that examined programme implementation in the ACP regions among other issues.
“The adverse impacts of climate change are a major concern for the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of States. I believe the services provided by the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme will inspire those at the forefront of the fight against climate change for the benefit of the most vulnerable people across the regions and around the world,” said ACP Assistant Secretary-General, Dr. Achille Bassilekin III.
Technical Assistant to the ACP Secretariat, Dr. Pendro Maro said that ACP countries are facing serious impacts of climate change on lives and livelihoods.
“The two-day meeting will bring together experts and practitioners from across the ACP region and beyond, creating synergies and constructive interactions towards finding viable solutions to addressing climate change impacts in the regions,” she added.
The GCCA Intra-ACP Programme is a component of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), which specifically targets the ACP group of States, helping them to better tackle climate change as a challenge to their development.
It is funded by the European Commission and implemented by the Brussels-based ACP Secretariat. Learn more about the Caribbean component of the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme.
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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is hosting a regional training workshop focused on the process of conducting Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) studies in Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries this week (from May 29 to June 6) in the Dominican Republic.
The workshop is the second of a two part training programme that seeks to build resilience through VCAs and Climate Change Adaptation within and among the diversity and similarities of the CARIFORUM countries. The first part of the training programme was held in Suriname in April and targeted Southern Caribbean countries, while the second is aimed at Northern Caribbean states.
Program Manager Joe McGann says he anticipates over twenty participants, who will bring a wealth of experience from their respective countries and from previous participation in the many regional opportunities for sharing of lessons learned and opportunities for capacity building.
Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments
The CCCCC-coordinated training programme furthers efforts under the Caribbean component of the Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) programme to mainstream and improve VCAs and implement a range of adaptation options and projects.
Under the Caribbean component of the European Union (EU) funded Intra-ACP GCCA initiative, vulnerability and risk assessment techniques and methodologies will be developed and people will be trained in the application of the new methodologies. Subsequently, about 10 vulnerability assessments will be conducted in the field. This activity will be implemented in collaboration with the national government entities and private consultants and the outcomes of the assessments will inform future land use planning, zoning and development planning.
Also a number of risk and hazard assessments will be carried out and topographic maps indicating risk areas and levels will be produced.
The development and implementation of concrete Adaptation Projects will be based on the experiences gained under the Special Pilot Adaptation to Climate Change (SPACC) Project in Saint Lucia, Dominica and Saint. Vincent and the Grenadines. Following the identification and screening (feasibility studies, participatory consultations) of potential adaptation interventions, at least 2 adaptation projects will be funded and implemented under the GCCA Project.
According to the VCA Guidance Manual, the emphasis is on process as opposed to a recipe of steps for Mainstreaming. This is important as VCA and adaptation planning cannot be a “one size fits all” mechanism, but one of situation specific applications.
The VCA training sessions will focus on:
- The types of information that should be gathered
- How to manage relevant stakeholder processes
- Some of the tools that can be used to analyze the information gathered
- Useable products for decision making
- How to organize data into a graphical map-based format (using GIS)
- Identifying hotspots and priorities for adaptation strategies
- Prioritizing capacity and vulnerability reduction needs.
The Guidance Manual also emphasizes that the most important components of the VCA are:
- The social aspect and how people cope with events at present
- Awareness and perception of risk
- Assessments of a community’s strengths and weaknesses
Learn more about the Caribbean component of the EU-GCCA here.