First Meeting Between IAEA and Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Takes Place

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November 13, 2017 

Senior representatives of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, visiting the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, with staff from the IAEA Division for Latin America and the Caribbean. (Photo: IAEA)

Senior representatives of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) visited the IAEA and its laboratories to discuss areas for cooperation with the Agency. The Center, based in Belize, was established in 2002 by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and officially opened in August 2017. The CCCCC plays an important role in coordinating the Caribbean region’s response to climate change, working on effective solutions to combat the environmental impacts of climate change and global warming through numerous projects and scientific research.  The visit of the CCCCC took place 30 October to 3 November.

The CCCCC delegation, led by CCCCC Executive Director, Kenneth Leslie, included Ulric Trotz, Deputy Executive Director and Science Adviser, Mark Byone, Assistant Executive…

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Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

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There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) held a press briefing on their partnership with Solar Head of State (SHOS) – two non-profits getting together to promote renewable energy in the Caribbean. SHOS’ James Ellsmoor was in Jamaica recently, and as noted below, there are plans to install solar panels at the Office of the Prime Minister in January.

“Renewable energy is an inevitability for the Caribbean, and the question is not if, but when.”

Here is the SHOS press release, followed by profiles of the CYEN delegates at COP23 – a great introduction to the energy…

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Guyana builds Climate Resilience

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; September 19, 2017 – A National Training Workshop on the use of Climate Impact Tools and Models for Decision Making is currently underway at the University of Guyana’s Computer Lab in Georgetown, Guyana. The workshop will run from September 20 to 27, and being held under the USAID-sponsored Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID- CCAP).

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is implementing the project that aims to build resilience in the development initiatives of 10 countries of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, as they tackle climate change induced challenges.

Under the project the Caribbean Assessment Regional DROught (CARiDRO) tool; the Weather Generator, the Tropical Storm Model and accompanying web portal and data sets have been developed and are introduced to countries of the Eastern Caribbean to help countries to enhance their development activities and reduce the risks to their natural assets and populations, due to climate change.

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CCCCC Holds Inaugural Project Advisory Meeting in St Lucia

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PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; August 31, 2017 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), implementing organisation for the United States Agency for International Development Climate Change Adaptation Programme ((USAID CCAP), is hosting the inaugural Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting at the Coco Palm Hotel in St Lucia, August 31 to Sept 1.

The PAC was set up to provide policy guidance on the implementation of the four-year US$25.6-million-dollar project which aims to reduce risks to human and the natural assets of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean resulting from Climate Change.

USAID CCAP was designed to establish and strengthen a system for the implementation and financing of sustainable adaptation approaches in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. The program targets the ten (10) countries included in USAID/ESC’s coverage area.

It comprises representatives from the CCCCC, USAID-Eastern and Southern…

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Climate Scientists Use Forecasting Tools to Protect Caribbean Ways of Life

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 7 2017 (IPS) – Since 2013, Jamaica’s Met Office has been using its Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) to forecast ‘below average’ rainfall or drought across the island. The tool has allowed this northern Caribbean island to accurately predict several dry periods and droughts, including its most destructive episode in 2014 when an estimated one billion dollars in agricultural losses were incurred due to crop failures and wild fires caused by the exceptionally dry conditions.

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The Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund on the Move

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The excitement in the room was palatable. You know you have something special going when a volunteer group from a wide variety of backgrounds can eagerly sit through and enthusiastically discuss a near 100 slide PowerPoint presentation on ordinarily mundane topics such as requirements for governance, project cycle management, financial management and so on. Such was the agenda and mood as the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund Board met for just the second time following their formal installation and inaugural meeting on 17th July, 2017.  The Board has quickly become steeped in an exercise to develop the Trust Fund’s Operational Manual which would ensure it meets the highest global fiduciary standard.

The Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund (VICCTF) is on a trailblazing path. From its inception it has had a unique and interesting story and is continuing to position itself to make a major mark on the…

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UN Secretary General lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues

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Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations

The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has lauded the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for its leadership on pressing global issues.

Guterres made the statement at the opening of the 9th biennial CARICOM-UN General meeting in New York on Thursday.

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the decision by the General Assembly to grant the Caribbean Community observer status. Since then, we have worked productively together and, today, our organisations are both undergoing processes of review and strategic planning to better face the challenges of a changing international reality. We are grateful to have benefited from your leadership on many pressing global issues.”

The UN Secretary General also highlighted CARICOM’s spearheading of the General Assembly’s discussion on non-communicable diseases.

“I am aware that, translating this vision into action, the CARICOM Heads of Government during their recent summit in Grenada, adopted a set…

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