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29/8/14, Climate Change: What about the SIDS? A Youth Perspective »»
Young people from across the Caribbean are increasingly raising their voices about climate change and its impacts (current and projected) on the region. In recognition of this, Caribbean Climate is features an exclusive contribution by 23 year old Dizzanne Billy, who is an active executive member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network-Trinidad and Tobago, in … Continue reading
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28/8/14, Podcast: Small Island States – Dr Mark Bynoe on Climate Change, the Caribbean and partnerships for resilience »»
Dr Mark Bynoe, our senior resource economist here at the CCCCC, recently spoke with Acclimatise Conversation on Climate Change Adaptation ahead of the UN conference on SIDS. Tune into the Podcast via the link below: Credit: Acclimatise 
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28/8/14, 23rd Annual CWWA Conference and Exhibition »»
The Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association (CWWA) will host their 23rd Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 6-10 at the Atlantis Paradise Island (Kerzer) Resorts in the Bahamas. The 2014 Conference seeks to: examine the past and present aspects of the Caribbean’s water and waste sectors to determine the positions of the sectors for networking … Continue reading
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27/8/14, Small islands to sign historic treaty in Samoa »»
Small islands to sign historic treaty in Samoa, to help finance climate change adaptation Representatives from 31 small islands and low lying countries that are members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) will reaffirm their commitment to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy mechanism – SIDS DOCK – at an Official … Continue reading
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26/8/14, Climate Policy Goes Hand-in-Hand with Water Policy »»
Concerned that climate change could lead to an intensification of the global hydrological cycle, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region’s plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The basis of IWRM is that the many different uses of finite water resources are interdependent. High irrigation demands and polluted drainage … Continue reading
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25/8/14, Jamaica to host Youth Climate Change Conference »»
The USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) project is hosting a mock United Nations-style assembly on climate change at the inaugural Youth Climate Change Conference in Kingston, Jamaica on September 14, 2014. Themed, "One Climate, One Future...Empowering Youth for Action" high school delegates will deliberate on the availability, access, and … Continue reading
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18/8/14, Global Islands’ Vulnerability Research, Adaptation, Policy and Development (GIVRAPD) Project »»
Farming has long been a mainstay of St Lucia’s economy but for one grower living in the hills of Soufrière there’s no telling how long it can be a source of income. Climate change is altering the environmental balance, tipping life on the land into even greater uncertainty. “You don’t know when to plant and … Continue reading
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14/8/14, What’s the difference between Weather and Climate? »»
Our climate is changing, but do you know the difference between Climate and Weather? Climate and weather have one difference. Weather measures the conditions of the atmosphere, through temperature, humidity, wind and precipitation, over a short period of time (day, week and month). Climate is the average weather for a particular region and time period, usually … Continue reading
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11/8/14, Caribbean Governments now insured against excess rainfall »»
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is pleased to announce that eight of its members have become the first countries to purchase its excess rainfall insurance coverage – for the 2014/2015 policy year. Developed by CCRIF and global reinsurer, Swiss Re, the excess rainfall product is aimed primarily at extreme high rainfall events of … Continue reading
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11/8/14, Caribbean Needs $30 Billion of Investment to Cut Fossil-Fuel Use »»
The Caribbean needs to lure as much as $30 billion of investment to cut reliance on fossil fuel and expand renewable energy, partly by securing attractive payments for generators of clean power, a regional development bank said. “Most of our countries are highly dependent on fossil fuels for power generation,” Caribbean Development Bank President Warren … Continue reading
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11/8/14, Climate Resilient Islands Partnership »»
8/8/14, Call for proposals – your green idea could win up to US$15,000 »»
Are you a young innovator? Are you a citizen of Latin America and the Caribbean? Are you passionate about climate change? If so, you are eligible to participate in the Greenovators contest, organized by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and EARTH University, in collaboration with the Ibero-american General Secretariat and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy. … Continue reading
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8/8/14, The Small Islands Weather Together Partnership is LIVE! #weather2gether »»
The Small Islands Weather Together partnership is now live! What is Partnership? The “Small Islands, Weather Together” partnership is designed to show how the small island nations of the world are working together to improve their vital weather and climate services.  This initiative has been developed by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Secretariat of … Continue reading
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8/8/14, Key elements for an ACP Position paper for COP20 »»
Climate Change is happening now and is already affecting the planet and communities around the world. African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are amongst the most vulnerable countries suffering from its negative effects. We all must act now. As a follow-up to the Second Regional Technical Meeting held in Brussels in May 2014, the GCCA … Continue reading
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6/8/14, UN Releases Six Briefs for SIDS Conference Partnership Dialogues »»
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a series of six briefing papers on priority themes for discussion during the Third International Conference on Small Island Development States (SIDS), set to take place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The SIDS conference will include six multi-stakeholder ‘Partnership Dialogues’ intended to … Continue reading
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6/8/14, Vacancy at DFID Caribbean – Senior Programme Officer »»
The United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) Caribbean is now accepting applications for the post of Senior Programme Officer. The post-holder will support the Climate Change and DRR team in delivering a portfolio of climate change and disaster risk reduction programmes and policy initiatives in the Caribbean. Applicants are required to complete DFID’s … Continue reading
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4/8/14, Caribbean energy experts recommend creation of new Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) »»
The technical design and institutional set-up of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) was successfully validated by energy experts and specialists of CARICOM Member States in a regional workshop, held from 21 to 22 July 2014 in Roseau, Dominica. The event was co-organized by the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable … Continue reading
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29/7/14, Caribbean Region SPCR Validation Workshop Underway in Kingston »»
  The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, in its capacity as Executing Agency for the Caribbean Regional Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience, is hosting a Validation Workshop for the Development of an Investment Proposal in Kingston, Jamaica from July 29 to 30. More than 20 stakeholders are in attendance at the critical workshop under the Inter-American Development … Continue reading
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29/7/14, Climate Services Partnership Early Career Professional Network Hosts Virtual Meet & Greet »»
The Climate Services Partnership Early Career Professional Network (ECPN) held its first virtual Meet and Greet on July 16. The CSP ECPN offers networking and professional development opportunities for early career professionals in the field of climate services. The group is a unique platform for members to develop professional and social networks and share ideas, advice, … Continue reading
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28/7/14, 5Cs Concludes Annual Board of Governors Meeting »»
5Cs Concludes Annual Board of Governors Meeting: Expanded partnerships with CARPHA and CDB, new facility and enhanced institutional capacity announced Belmopan, Belize July 26, 2014― The Board of Governors of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre concluded its annual meeting (July 24 -26) in Belize City today.  Among the key decisions taken, the Centre has … Continue reading
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25/7/14, 5Cs explores partnership with universities »»
Christy Prouty, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida, reflects on her recent visit to Belize and the 5Cs offices in Belmopan, Belize. Her area of research includes systems dynamics modeling which is used to understand the behavior of complex systems over time.  She also enjoys internationally-focused research in water … Continue reading
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24/7/14, Monitoring Coral Reefs in the Caribbean: Protecting our Rainforests of the Ocean »»
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) awarded YSI Integrated Systems and Services (a division of Xylem Inc.) a contract for five marine monitoring buoys that will collect high-quality data for researchers studying climate change in the Caribbean Sea, including the waters of Barbados, Belize, The Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. “The Caribbean is a unique part of … Continue reading
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24/7/14, Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation »»
The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the prominent local law firm, Myers, Fletcher, & Gordon. Expected to generate approximately 106,000kWh annually with a return on investment in less than four years, the plant … Continue reading
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24/7/14, 5Cs Annual Board of Governors Meeting Underway in Belize »»
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre’s Annual Board of Governors Meeting is now underway at its offices in Belmopan, Belize. The 3 day meeting, which runs from Thursday, July 24 to Saturday, July 26, will continue at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City. Members of the regionally representative board in attendance includes: Dr. Leonard Nurse, Chairman … Continue reading
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19/7/14, 21 Students Arrive at CSF for July 19 Start of SPISE 2014 »»
The annual Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is one of the flagship initiatives of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) whose mission is to help harness science and technology for the diversification of the economies of the Region. The CSF’s objectives are to: (a) assist with Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) … Continue reading
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17/7/14, History will condemn climate change denialists »»
The argument for radical action on climate change– which Australia will soon at least temporarily reject with the shameful decision to repeal the carbon tax – is embarrassingly simple. For the past 200 years, western culture has granted science pre-eminent cultural authority. A quarter century ago, a consensus formed among contemporary scientists specialising in the study of … Continue reading
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17/7/14, 12 countries ratify access and benefit-sharing treaty »»
The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In the last weeks, 12 countries have deposited their instruments including Belarus, Burundi, Gambia, … Continue reading
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16/7/14, Caribbean experts call for stronger cooperation on oil spills and nutrient management »»
Over 80 percent of the Caribbean Sea is polluted from land-based sources and activities such as deforestation, untreated waste-water, oil spills, agricultural runoff, farm waste and litter. This affects livelihoods, health, economies and ecosystems. To address these problems, pollution experts from across the Caribbean met recently at two meetings. The seventh steering committee meeting for … Continue reading
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16/7/14, Iwokrama Research and Science Centre Opens RFP »»
The Georgetown, Guyana-based Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development requests proposals from private and public companies, institutions, Universities and other organizations engaged in tropical rainforest conservation. The proposal offers an opportunity  to partner with the Centre, with a particular focus on climate change and land use issues, to enhance revenue generating activities for the Centre. … Continue reading
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15/7/14, 5th Petersberg Climate Dialogue »»
The “5th Petersberg Climate Dialogue” commenced today in Berlin, Germany. The two-day “Petersberg Climate Dialogue” is an informal conference that is in preparation of the UN climate summit. This year, the summit will take place in Peru. In the afternoon spoke newly crowned World Champion, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and her Peruvian colleague, President Ollanta Humala. … Continue reading
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15/7/14, World Bank awards 11 Caribbean entrepreneurs more than US$400K in climate grants »»
The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev, has announced the 11 winners of its first regional proof of concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of up to US$50,000 to develop, test, and commercialize innovative, locally relevant climate technology solutions. Officially closed … Continue reading
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15/7/14, We know enough about climate change – it’s time for decisions now! »»
See Video on actions that could be done to help in the adaptation and mitigation of a changing and variable climate. Credit: Climate Media Factory
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10/7/14, Parrotfish ban »»
JAMAICANS love parrotfish. Steamed, fried or roasted, the brightly coloured sea creature is a common feature on many a dinner plate. It’s also a favourite at the beach and at roadside eateries on the weekend. But the enjoyment could soon come to an end as local and international groups are lobbying for a parrotfish ban. … Continue reading
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10/7/14, The Carbon Tax Success Story »»
When Mark Twain wrote, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story,” he could have been describing Canada’s current climate policy debate. Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeatedly claims that a carbon tax would “destroy jobs and growth.” Yet the evidence from the province that actually passed such a tax – British … Continue reading
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2/7/14, Coral Reefs Report and Climate Change News »»
With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United … Continue reading
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2/7/14, It’s Caribbean Public Health Day! »»
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has declared today July 2nd, Caribbean Public Health Day. Watch the Caribbean Public Health Day message from the Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales. The celebration of Caribbean Public Health Day on July 2 coincides with the anniversary of the legal establishment of CARPHA, which makes it an … Continue reading
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2/7/14, Training on Climate Change Diplomacy »»
The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean (DAOC) is a new and innovative training academy in Modern Diplomacy for Diplomats and other professionals in the Caribbean and beyond. Officially launched on May 6th 2014 in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, the DAOC offers several modules in diplomacy at various levels … Continue reading
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2/7/14, UNFCCC Fellowship Programme for SIDS 2014 »»
To celebrate the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2014, the UNFCCC secretariat is offering two five-months fellowships to young professionals from the region who are interested in contributing to the work on climate change adaptation or on gender and youth related dimensions of climate action. These fellowship awards are made available thanks … Continue reading
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1/7/14, Postgraduate Certificate on Geological and Climate Related Risk »»
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 … Continue reading
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30/6/14, Africa and the Caribbean Talks Water Security and Climate Resilient Development »»
A first of its kind south-south knowledge exchange between Africa and the Caribbean on water security and climate resilient development was held at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad this week (June 26, 2014). The meeting, which was held as a side event during the 2014 Global Water Partnership Network and Consulting Partners Meeting … Continue reading
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27/6/14, Disaster preparedness in the South Pacific: Good practices from the GCCA »»
They might not make global headlines, but for low-lying Pacific islands king tides are an ever-increasing threat. As sea levels rise, the highest tides can have catastrophic effects, particularly when combined with storm conditions. In December 2012, eight people died and 20,000 homes were destroyed when Tropical Cyclone Evan caused flash flooding in Fiji, Samoa and … Continue reading
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27/6/14, Dr Mark Bynoe on GCCA and Climate Financing »»
Dr Mark Bynoe, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre‘s senior environment and resource economist, discusses the benefits of the Global Climate Change Alliance, as well as the challenge of accessing climate finance and how to ensure this reaches those most in need. Credit: Capacity4dev.eu
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18/6/14, Focusing on action and success – C-FISH »»
Video: Jamaica’s new fish sanctuary thrives on strong engagement and support from the surrounding fishing community The June 2014 edition of the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership (C-FISH) newsletter titled “Focusing on Action and Success” is now available. C-FISH is aimed at strengthening community based fish sanctuaries and marine protected areas (MPAs) in 5 countries across the Caribbean – Jamaica, Grenada, … Continue reading
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18/6/14, Mustique hosts major regional workshop on Marine Protected Areas across the Grenadines »»
Credit: SusGren Representatives from six Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) attended an annual gathering last week (June 11-14) on the Grenadine Island of Mustiques to contemplate actions to strengthen reef management in the Grenadines. This is the fourth consecutive year the meeting, organized by Sustainable Grenadines Inc., was held. Members of the network include Tobago Cayes Marine Park, … Continue reading
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18/6/14, Consultancy Opportunity for CCAC »»
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) office in Panama is seeking a consultant to coordinate activities related to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC): a Latin America and Caribbean regional assessment of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs); and activities to support national planning for action on SLCPs (SNAP). Learn more about this post  under the … Continue reading
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17/6/14, World Day to Combat Desertification »»
The land under our feet is ancient. Minerals and organic material have mixed together over decades, if not centuries and millennia, to provide the bed upon which our food is grown. The plants which grow in this soil are not only the basis for food and fibre they are also contribute to our supply of clean water … Continue reading
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13/6/14, The Decade of Sustainable Energy and the Post 2015 Development Agenda »»
Decade of Sustainable Energy for All: We have now entered the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, 2014 – 2024, which was established by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2012. Inter alia, the resolution highlights the goals of increased energy access, renewable energy (RE) usage and energy efficiency (EE). The focus of the resolution recognises that sustainable development is not possible without sustainable … Continue reading
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12/6/14, Caribbean Climate Modelling Meeting held at the 5Cs’ HQ »»
Climate Modellers from across the region met at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) this week (June 11-12, 2014).  The modellers explored the development of user protocols for data access, regional data management, ways in which to consolidate and prepare outputs and a strategy and action plan for the next 5-10 years. The objectives of … Continue reading
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10/6/14, 5Cs Participates in Climate Change Symposium- Building Climate Resilient Municipalities »»
The 5Cs participated in a Climate Change Symposium under the theme “Building Climate Resilient Municipalities” at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City this week (10 – 11 June, 2014). The Centre maintained a booth during the two day exhibition and Ms Sharon Lindo, policy officer at the 5Cs, presented on “Integrating adaptation into … Continue reading
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10/6/14, UNEP to develop first state of the marine environment report for Caribbean Sea »»
As countries “Raised their Voices and Not the Sea Level” in celebration of World Environment Day, and prepare to commemorate World Oceans Day under the theme “Together We Have the Power to Protect the Oceans”, UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) has committed to develop the first state of marine environment report for the Caribbean Sea. … Continue reading
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