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CCORAL Training Workshop for Antigua and Barbuda

Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) Infographic

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; May 5, 2017 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development/ Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC) under the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID CCAP) are hosting a Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL) Training Workshop in Antigua and Barbuda on May 8th – 12th at the Department of Environment Conference Room.

CCORAL, is an online climate risk management tool that guides developers to include best-practises, strategies and systems into development planning that will ensure that across the region, there is a comprehensive approach to climate change risk assessment and adaptation for building climate resiliency in decision-making. It provides users a platform for identifying appropriate responses to the impacts of short and long term climate conditions by applying a risk management approach to development planning.

The training workshop is targeting key government, private sector and non-governmental organisations, agencies/institutions as part of a national capacity-building exercise aimed at inculcating a risk management ethos in decision-making. Through use of this online application tool, participants will evaluate national developmental issues and present their findings to senior policy and decision makers on completion of these evaluation exercises.

The USAID CCAP being implemented by the CCCCC commits US$25.6 million over four (4) years to boost climate resilient development and reduce climate change induced risks to human and natural assets in ten (10) countries. The beneficiary countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.

Peruse the CCORAL Fact Sheet and the CCORAL Brochure.

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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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CCRIF Regional Internship Programme – Application Now!

CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) now invites applications for the 2015 CCRIF Regional Internship Programme. This programme provides work experience in areas related to disaster risk management.

Applications are invited from individuals who are citizens of CARICOM member countries and/or CCRIF member countries. Applicants must be graduates of a recognized university and must have completed a course of study in any one of the following key areas:

  • Disaster risk management
  • Environmental management
  • Meteorology
  • Climate studies
  • Civil engineering
  • Management studies with a focus on risk management
  • Environmental economics
  • Geography/geology
  • Actuarial science

To learn more about this regional intern-ship programme, interested applicants should visit the CCRIF web site, http://www.ccrif.org/content/regional-internship-programme, for the guidelines, additional information on eligibility, application requirements, selection criteria etc.

Vacancy – CCRIF, Risk Management Specialist

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) SPC invites eligible consulting firms and highly qualified individuals to express interest in providing Risk Management services. The principal responsibilities of the Risk Management Specialist (RMS) include actuarial assessment and risk management, financial planning, catastrophe risk modelling, hazard event monitoring and reporting, interacting with participating governments and fostering strategic partnerships, and coordinating reinsurance placements. The RMS is a contractor position.

The full profile for this consultancy is available at: http://www.ccrif.org/content/job-posting

Expressions of Interest must be submitted no later than April 24, 2015.

Please send expressions of interest to: rms@ccrif.org.

For more information, potential candidates may contact jobs@ccrif.org.

Postgraduate Certificate on Geological and Climate Related Risk

Announce_CERGC2015

The Unit of Geological Risk of the Section of Earth and environmental Sciences, University of Geneva (http://www.unige.ch/hazards), Switzerland, is proud to announce its annual advanced course in assessment and management of geological and climate related risk (CERG-C).

This course includes 5 modules :

  • Risk management
  • Volcanic risk
  • Seismic risk
  • Flood and climate related risk
  • Landslide risk

It is designed to be of interest to professional and scientists from a wide background including geologists, civil engineers, physical geographers, social scientists or other field specialists. Participants typically come from governmental, non-governmental, international organizations or private institutions. Our main goal is to develop multidisciplinary skills for the assessment and management of natural risk.

This specialised training takes place over 9 weeks, including field immersion. The 2015 session will run from April 13 until June 12, 2015. Interested people can register using the guidelines provided on the CERG-C website at http://www.unige.ch/hazards. The deadline for the CERG-C 2015 is August 31, 2014.

For more information, please contact me at cerg@unige.ch.

CCORAL Gets International Recognition: CIR Magazine Risk Management Awards 2013

  • 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.
Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) Infographic

Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) Infographic

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 download a copy of the CCORAL brochure, please click here. To download a copy of the CCORAL infographic please click here. To download a copy of the CCORAL factsheet please click here.

To view the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) please click here.

Caribbean water sector managers to benefit from CCORAL

Credit: CGIAR

Credit: CGIAR

A new initiative by the Caribbean Climate Change Centre (5Cs), the UK-based Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Global Water Partnership – Caribbean is focusing minds on climate risk in the water sector.

In July, the 5Cs launched an innovative online tool to help governments and businesses to assess the climate-related risks of different investment options. The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tool (CCORAL) is a decision support tool that aims to encourage climate resilient choices.  In this region of small island states that are vulnerable to sea level rise, droughts and increasingly frequent, intense storms, the tool couldn’t have come at a better time.

Also read CCORAL Is Here! Endorsed by the IPCC Chair

CCORAL is intended to embed a risk management ethic in decision-making processes across the Caribbean region. When it was launched, it received a rare endorsement by the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri. Now, a new project will fine-tune CCORAL’s online support system for the specific use of managers in the water sector

Most Caribbean countries are vulnerable to water scarcity and drought.  One of the contributing factors to vulnerability is climate change, which will trigger significant changes in temperature and precipitation.  Average rainfall is expected to decrease by 7% in 2050, and salt water intrusion will arise as a result of increased sea levels. This water scarcity will impact agriculture, tourism and public health.

The Centre, together with the Global Water Partnership Caribbean are working with government agencies and businesses in the water sector to understand how the CCORAL tool could help them. They are currently consulting with a range of regional organisations (such as international financial institutions, NGOs and universities), national agencies (government departments, water utilities) and businesses (water utilities, consultants, major industrial and commercial water users). They are exploring the following key questions:

  • What are the priority water services which would benefit from more climate resilient decision making? (for example; water resources allocation, water supply, agricultural / industrial / commercial / tourism / energy)
  • What water information, planning, operational or legal and regulatory activities would benefit from increased consideration of climate variability and risk? (for example; water supply planning, hydrological modelling, risk assessment, water system regulation, operational procedures)
  • Which organisations and specific capacities would benefit from being involved in the development and application of the CCORAL-Water tools? (for example; strategic water planners in governmental departments, consultants engaged in technical services for water planners, investment planners in water utilities, regulatory agencies for water)

If this project is successful, it will lead to improved climate risk management in water sector planning and management activities, which in turn will lead to improved levels of service for water users in the Caribbean.

The CCORAL-Water project is being developed in consultation with water managers in five countries: Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Suriname. The CCORAL-Water tool itself will be applicable and available to all Caribbean countries through the CCORAL online system, hosted by the 5Cs, from March 2014.  Watch this space for progress with CCORAL – Water!

This article was written by CDKN’s Pati Leon and was first posted at CDKN Global.

SciDev.Net Profiles CCORAL

Lisbeth Fog, a Colombian Science journalist, profiles the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) in SciDev.Net, a prominent science publication. The article features comments from Keith Nichols, project development specialist at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Rodrigo Suárez, director of climate change at the environment ministry in Colombia and Leigh Welling, chief of Climate Change Response Program at the National Park Service in the United States. 

  • CCORAL helps decision-makers screen activities for climate change influence
  • It is aimed at policy and research users in the Caribbean to help with project and strategy plans
  • There is potential to extend the tool to more countries and regions

A decision-support website has been launched to help policymakers in the Caribbean build resilience to the risks that climate change poses to activities such as tourism and agriculture.

The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL), unveiled last month (12 July) in Saint Lucía, allows users to identify whether their activity is likely to be influenced by climate change and how to deal with this.

It helps project managers to understand climate influence on decisions, and to choose and apply risk management processes.

The initial version has been developed for government users of any skill level for decisions about projects, legislation, budgets and national planning.

The tool was developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, which coordinates the region’s response to climate change, and Acclimatise, a company that specialises in adaptation and risk management.

“It was piloted in Jamaica, Suriname, Belize and Barbados to inform its design and content,” Keith Nichols, development specialist at the centre, tells SciDev.Net.

As an example, he says “it can help assess the risks associated with acidification on fish stocks and other marine life and coastal resources”.

To use the tool, users can select a country and then access any of the tool’s components, such as the screening exercise to identify if an activity is climate-influenced. CCORAL includes a toolbox with a choice of more than 70 risk management tools that can best suit a particular project.

At launch, only the 15 countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can be selected for customised information, but it also has a Caribbean regional option. It could cover other countries such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

“CCORAL in its current form is intended for the Caribbean, but it can also be expanded beyond the region. There is quite a bit of discussion about how it could be adapted to the Pacific,” says Nichols.

“The site is not set up to tell a manager what decision they should make, but rather to help them understand the factors involved and to explore and weigh options” ~Leigh Welling

Unique visits two weeks after the launch were well over 2,000, Nichols says, and the website statistics suggest that “users are testing the tool”.

Rodrigo Suárez, director of climate change at the environment ministry in Colombia, tells SciDev.Net that CCORAL could be the basis for decision-making about managing climate risk.

But the process of policymaking on climate change is not an easy issue, and it cannot be replaced by such tools, he adds.

The aspect that “make the tool interesting”, he says, is the ability to “screen projects, plans or policies, focused on the importance of climate in issues related to decision-making”.

Leigh Welling, chief of Climate Change Response Program at the National Park Service in the United States, says: “CCORAL is an ambitious endeavor to assist Caribbean countries with climate change adaptation planning and action.

“The site is not set up to tell a manager what decision they should make, but rather to help them understand the factors involved and to explore and weigh options.

“One concern about the site is that because it is such a large, comprehensive site including a clearinghouse of references, it may be challenging to maintain,” she says.

Also its focus at enhancing resilience, which is important, should not detract from preparing for longer-term climate change impacts using other methods, such as facilitated dialog and participatory scenario planning, she adds.

“The Caribbean will also need to consider the long-term effects of sea level rise and storm inundation will cause some systems to change regardless of what actions managers take.”

The project has been supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and the UK Department for International Development under the Caribbean Climate Risk Management Project.

Link to CCORAL website

Also Read CCORAL Is Here! Endorsed by the IPCC Chair

CCORAL training for Jamaican ministers this year

The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tooL or CCORAL, launched last month by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), will be used to integrate climate change considerations into decision making across the region. The tool 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”.

Importantly, the Minister went on to state that “before the end of the year, we will be commencing with the training of all Ministers and Heads of Agencies in using [CCORAL]”. The Jamaican parliaments intention to ensure that key decision makers are trained in the use of CCORAL, is a promising signal that the tool will become an important tool in increasing the climate resilience of Jamaica and other nations in the Caribbean region.

The CCORAL tool will be an important addition to the Jamaican government’s arsenal for fighting climate change. The nation is facing some considerable challenges to adapt to climate impacts such as sea level rise which has seen some parts of the island submerged, threatening the livelihoods of coastal communities.

Speaking to IPS news recently, Conrad Douglas, a Jamaican environmental scientist said that “People speak about the likelihood of Barbuda disappearing in 40 years, but this is a reality in Jamaica at the present time”.

Douglas said that sea level rise is affecting people’s livelihoods, incomes and lifestyles, “exposing us to all sort of other problems that could threaten the security of the country and of the region”.

CCORAL is a web-based tool designed to help decision makers in the Caribbean integrate climate resilience into their decision making and planning processes.

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said of CCORAL “The development of the… tool [is] an extremely important asset in assessing the risk from the impacts of climate change in the Caribbean region. I would like to compliment the CCCCC for having taken this initiative”.

Learn more about the CCORAL tool by clicking here.

Access the tool by clicking here.

Did you miss the launch of CCORAL? Here’s a full report (VIDEO)!

Read CCORAL Is Here! Endorsed by the IPCC Chair

CCORAL Is Here! Endorsed by the IPCC Chair

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.”

(L-R) Dr. Trotz, Deputy Director, CCCCC; Sylvester Clauzel, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia;  Keith Nichols, Project Development Specialist, CCCCC; Dr. Bynoe, Sr. Environmental  & Resource Economist, CCCCC;  Dr. Fletcher, Minister of the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia; and Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Philip J. Pierre

(L-R) Dr. Trotz, Deputy Director, CCCCC; Sylvester Clauzel, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia; Keith Nichols, Project Development Specialist, CCCCC; Dr. Bynoe, Sr. Environmental & Resource Economist, CCCCC; Dr. Kenrick Leslie, CBE, Executive Director, CCCCC; Dr. Fletcher, Minister of the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia; and Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Philip J. Pierre

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).

Learn more about CCORAL by viewing the CCORAL Fact Sheet and Brochure.

Updated July 12, 2013 at 12:07pm post-lauch

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