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28/7/15, Watch the Live Stream of the Climate Change Exchange on July 30! »»
2015 is shaping up to be a landmark year for global action on Climate Change. The future of the world, in particular the Caribbean, depends on a binding and ambitious global agreement at COP 21 to be held in Paris later this year. A bold agreement that curbs Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions to limit the … Continue reading
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15/7/15, Caribbean Coral Reef Leaders Complete Intensive Fellowship at the Great Barrier Reef »»
Coral reefs in the Caribbean are amongst the most at risk globally. The loss of reefs is also a serious economic problem in the region, where large populations depend on fishing and tourism. Having lost 80% of its corals over the last half century, mainly due to a changing and variable climate, coastal development and … Continue reading
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10/7/15, 5Cs Wins Energy Globe Award for Renewable Energy and Potable Water Project in Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines »»
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) received the 2015 Energy Globe Award for its renewable energy and potable water work in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Energy Globe, an internationally recognized trademark for sustainability, is one of the most important environmental prizes today with 177 participating countries. The award, which is made from a cross-section of over … Continue reading
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9/7/15, The Green Climate Fund Accredits the 5Cs! »»
5Cs Accredited As Regional Implementing Entity by the Green Climate Fund: Other accredited institutions include Conservation International, the World Bank and IDB Songdo, Republic of Korea| July 09, 2015― The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre has been accredited as a regional implementing entity by the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a key multilateral financing … Continue reading
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7/7/15, WEBINAR: Towards a low emission, resilient urban development: experiences in La Paz, Quito and Lima »»
Webinar: Towards a low emission and resilient urban development: experiences in La Paz, Quito and Lima Join CDKN for a webinar on 8 July, 2015 at 10am COT (Peru/Bolivia/Colombia time). Register here. In this webinar the presenters Miguel Rodriguez and Valeria Revilla from the consultancy Environmental Services Bolivia will guide us through the Cities Footprint Project, … Continue reading
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7/7/15, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon meets with Caribbean agencies focused on Climate Change »»
Deputy Director and Science Advisor of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Ulric Trotz, and other representatives of leading regional agencies focused on climate change issues met with His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, last week at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in Barbados. Reflecting on the challenges posed by climate … Continue reading
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3/7/15, Caribbean “debt service payments should go to a resilience fund,” says top ECLCAC official! »»
Caribbean leaders appear to be giving serious consideration to making a proposal requesting the gradual write-off of billions of dollars in external debt. The issue was raised by Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena at a high-level meeting this morning that preceded yesterday’s official opening of … Continue reading
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3/7/15, Regional environment group wants Caribbean to benefit from global funds »»
The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) says it is working towards ensuring that the region benefits significantly from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as well as the Adaptation Fund (AF) established to help countries worldwide deal with the impact of climate change. Executive director Dr. Kenrick Leslie says the Centre, under a directive … Continue reading
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2/7/15, Jet Blue’s Climate Change & Tourism Scholarships »»
The JetBlue Foundation is offering two scholarships for students to attend the Centre for Responsible Travel (CREST) and the Puntacana Ecological Foundation’s Innovators Think Tank. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn about key issues involving climate change and tourism. Applications will be due July 10th and a decision will be made by July 13th. … Continue reading
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29/6/15, 5Cs Concludes Annual Board of Governors Meeting: Expanded partnerships with CARPHA, Deeper Private Sector Partnerships, New Member and Heightened Outreach Announced »»
Placencia, Belize; June 29, 2015― The Board of Governors of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre concluded its annual meeting (June 25 -28) in Placencia, Belize yesterday.  The Board agreed that the Centre  will deepen engagement with the private sector to ensure broad utilisation of the seminal Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL), … Continue reading
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26/6/15, Belize – Mexico Student Exchange on Climate Change »»
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Embassy of Mexico to Belize are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the first Belize – Mexico Student Exchange on Climate Change. A contingent of 32 students and eight teachers from four Belmopan-based schools, along with four members of staff from the CCCCC and a … Continue reading
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19/6/15, Four Country Coastal Protection Project Sensitization Meeting Underway in the Caribbean »»
Belmopan, Belize; June 13, 2015 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre launched a four country Coastal Protection Project Sensitization Meeting on Monday, June 16 which will run until Tuesday, June 30. The Coastal Protection Project aims to reduce the ‘Climate change induced risks for the coastal population of Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean’ … Continue reading
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18/6/15, Pope Francis Leverages Faith, Moral Courage and Ingenuity to Urge Ambitious Action on Climate Change »»
The Vatican published Pope Francis’s long-awaited encyclical on the environment today, which warns of ‘serious consequences’ if the world doesn’t act on climate change. Here’s a round up of the key points in the highly anticipated document and some reactions:  Read the complete encyclical here. The Pope on UN Climate Talks Pope Francis isn’t very impressed … Continue reading
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16/6/15, Building Climate Resilience: A Case for Caribbean Collaboration »»
Building Climate Resilience is a key part of securing livelihoods in the Caribbean. Here's short video, produced by GFDRR and the World Bank Latin America on and Caribbean team, and financed by CIF and South-South Trust Fund, on how regional collaboration is helping to protect lives and livelihoods in the Caribbean. Story Credit: Acclimatise
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4/6/15, Grenada’s Climate Walk »»
Over nine hundred (900) participants including the Scouts Association of Grenada, Grenada Girl Guides Association, 4Hers Club, environmental groups such as the St. Patrick Environmental and Community Tourism Organization (SPECTO), public officers from various ministries and other organizations came together in a major climate change walk under the theme: “The Climate is changing, are you?” … Continue reading
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4/6/15, A Brighter Future? »»
Caribbean Climate features another exclusive contribution from Nalini Jagnarine, Environmental Analyst and Business Development Coordinator at Environmental Solutions Limited, a Caribbean-based Consultancy. Green House Gases (GHG) such as the burning of fossil fuels and coal still remains to date, one of the largest contributors to ever rising impacts of Climate Change. Countries and many industrial … Continue reading
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4/6/15, Caribbean told to brace for 11 storms in 2015 »»
The US-based National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting six to 11 named storms for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season even as regional disaster officials warned Caribbean countries not to become complacent. NOAA said of the 11 named storms, six could become hurricanes and two major hurricanes in excess of winds of 111 miles per … Continue reading
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4/6/15, Caribbean to increase resilience to climate change through US$10-m grant »»
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Caribbean countries will increase their resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity across the region through a US$10.39-million grant. The IDB said the funds were approved with support from the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) of the Climate Investment Funds. The project is to be executed … Continue reading
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4/6/15, CDKN: revised INDC Guide for LDCs & SIDS »»
CDKN and Ricardo-AEA  have revised their popular Guide to INDCs, which provides practical guidance to countries on how to prepare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or ‘INDCs’ for the UNFCCC.  This new edition of May 2015 has been revised following discussions with stakeholders and includes new material and specific examples for Small Island Developing States … Continue reading
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1/6/15, Climate Change and Public Health in the Caribbean »»
Caribbean Climate features an exclusive contribution by Nalini Jagnarine, Environmental Analyst and Business Development Coordinator at Environmental Solutions Limited, a Caribbean-based Consultancy. The topic of climate change has become more and more an issue of serious discussion and debate for many islands within the Caribbean with specific reference to Jamaica. Despite the fact that Jamaica … Continue reading
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29/5/15, Put your money where your footprint is! »»
Caribbean Climate features an exclusive contribution by 24 year old Dizzanne Billy, who is an active executive member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, in which she reflects on the Caribbean's carbon footprint and the importance of employing various forms of renewable energy in an effort to combat … Continue reading
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29/5/15, The 2014 Annual Report- Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally »»
In 2014, as the focus on climate-smart agriculture sharpened, CCAFS helped advance the concept and practice in farmers’ fields and in global initiatives, through close collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers. Climate-smart #agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally. The #CCAFS Annual Report 2014: bit.ly/1zXRXJ0 http://t.co/0kgdrwvyLP— AAS CGIAR (@AAS_CGIAR) May 14, 2015 The report consists … Continue reading
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28/5/15, Species like parrotfish help protect the reef »»
While drifting along on a shallow ledge on Conch Reef, I spot a group of colorful parrot fish chomping away at algae and other growth on the coral. A bit farther I see a massive plume of white debris blast from the tail end of a large parrot fish. “What goes in must come out,” … Continue reading
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28/5/15, Vacancy- Project Manager, Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (CCP) »»
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) wishes to engage a Project Manager with a strong background in climate change and project coordination, and who can quickly and effectively lead project implementation with relevant country and regional counterparts in the Caribbean. Location : Bridgetown, BARBADOS Application Deadline : 08-Jun-15 Additional Category Crisis Prevention and Recovery Type … Continue reading
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28/5/15, BVI Supports Regional Efforts On Climate Change »»
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, joined Caribbean leaders in Martinique last week for a regional consultation with the President of France, Francois Hollande. The leaders met on May 9 to agree on a regional position on climate change ahead of the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties … Continue reading
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28/5/15, The future of the Caribbean »»
The following is a presentation by Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean, held at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, on May 6, 2015. It is indeed a pleasure for me personally, as well as the Caricom Secretariat, to be associated with this “one of a … Continue reading
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27/5/15, Recorded Webinar: ‘How to prepare your Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)’ for Least Developed Countries »»
Listen to the recorded webinar which details CDKN and Ricardo AEA’s ‘Guide to Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ for Least Developed Countries. LDCs have contributed less to current global emissions than other countries; so the burden of cutting emissions will rest with major economies. However to avoid dangerous levels of climate change, all countries will have to … Continue reading
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27/5/15, Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing »»
By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The CDB is the premier regional financial institution, established in … Continue reading
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27/5/15, WRI releases issue brief, Revaluing Ecosystems: Pathways for Scaling Up the Inclusion of Ecosystem Value in Decision Making »»
The World Research Institute (WRI) released the  issue brief “Revaluing Ecosystems: Pathways for Scaling Up the Inclusion of Ecosystem Value in Decision Making“. The issue brief summarizes six critical ideas discussed at The Rockefeller Foundation center in Bellagio at a workshop on “The Future of Revaluing Ecosystems”. These six ideas were advanced over the last year … Continue reading
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27/5/15, Some coral reefs are proving tough to climate change »»
Coral reefs around the world are adapting to climate change, according to the latest data from a study by the France-based Institute for Development Research (IRD). The 15-year international study, which was first published in PLOS One in October 2014 and was recently released publicly (27 April), noted that certain species of coral reefs are … Continue reading
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26/5/15, Live Webcast: Climate Change and Water in Developing Countries – May 27, 2015 »»
The World Water Congress kicked off in Scotland yesterday (May 25th, 2015). Since 1973, the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) has held a World Water Congress every three (3) years in various locations around the world. The objective of the World Water Congress is to provide a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and … Continue reading
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25/5/15, French President says UN climate fund could help Caribbean »»
French President Francois Hollande told Caribbean leaders on Saturday that a planned international green fund could help the vulnerable, tourism-dependent region mitigate the effects of climate change. Hollande headlined the Caribbean Climate Summit, which drew about 40 leaders or top officials from regional nations including the Bahamas, Trinidad and Cuba, as well as experts talking … Continue reading
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14/5/15, New research shows that tackling climate change is critical for achieving Sustainable Development Goals »»
New research by HR Wallingford, Metroeconomica and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) shows that a high-ambition global climate agreement  will be essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the goals for eradicating poverty and ensuring access to energy for all. Using expert economic analysis, the team shows how globally and in … Continue reading
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11/5/15, Piloting the integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Coastal Zone Management in Southwest Tobago »»
Trinidad and Tobago is highly vulnerable to the impacts of global climate change; particularly rising temperature, decreased precipitation and sea level rise (SLR). It is anticipated that these changes will have adverse effects on the physical environment and economy. There is therefore a need to reduce the risks associated with the expected impacts of climate change on the country by mainstreaming climate … Continue reading
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11/5/15, Commentary on GCF Policies on Coal »»
9th GCF Board meeting in Songdo, South Korea Why 2015 will determine what kind of climate fund the GCF will be Board achieves groundbreaking accreditation decision but misses opportunity to start work on investment strategy By Felix Fallasch and Bianka Kretschmer 2015 is a critical year for the Green Climate Fund as the Fund is … Continue reading
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8/5/15, Farmers and Communities to Benefit from Climate Change Adaptation Project »»
Soil erosion management, solar power energy and an improved building code are some of the areas to be handled under a Climate Change Adaptation project estimated at more than one million Eastern Caribbean Dollars. This information was shared by Jerome Meade, Montserrat’s Focal Point during the opening session of a one-day workshop to update the … Continue reading
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7/5/15, Caribbean Stakes Out “Red Lines” for Paris Climate Talks »»
When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with “the bare minimum necessary to continue the process to address climate change”. “The Lima Accord did decide that the Parties would continue to work … Continue reading
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6/5/15, Grenada braces for impacts of climate change »»
Henry Prince has lived in this fishing village for more than six decades. Prince, 67, who depends on the sea for his livelihood, said he has been catching fewer and fewer fish, and the decrease is taking a financial toll on him and other fisher folk throughout the island nation of Grenada. I heard about … Continue reading
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6/5/15, CMCC’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships Are Available »»
The Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC) is the non-profit Italian research centre on climate science and policy. Its activities focus on the development and applications of models of climate dynamics, impacts of climate change and adaptation and mitigation policies. Under the framework of Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), CMCC is taking into consideration to … Continue reading
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5/5/15, UNIDO Webinar – RE-Thinking The Role Of Climate Technology For Women’s Empowerment »»
Webinar by @UNIDO @energia_org @UNEP @Empower_Women on #womenandenergy,6May. Join: http://t.co/4tH3Upjl3p #action2015 pic.twitter.com/dkfdBkQuEQ — UN Women (@UN_Women) May 5, 2015 6 May 2015 Online This webinar focuses on the key role of women in promoting and using climate technologies as well as renewable energy solutions and driving innovative actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the risks posed by … Continue reading
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5/5/15, CCRIF moves to improve disaster risk management in Caribbean »»
The Cayman Islands-based Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) has launched its Regional Internship and Small Grants Programme aimed at building capacity in disaster risk management in the Caribbean. The Regional Internship Programme is designed to provide opportunities for young professionals and students who have specialised in the areas of disaster risk management, environmental management, … Continue reading
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4/5/15, 5Cs signs cooperative agreement with Western Kentucky University »»
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)and Western Kentucky University (WKU) signed a cooperative agreement on April 27 in Belmopan, Belize, that brings to fruition many years of collaboration. The institutions have been working toward the broader goals of addressing climate change in the Caribbean region and also the impacts in Kentucky and elsewhere in the world. … Continue reading
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1/5/15, The Caribbean Must Develop a Green Economy »»
Energy Policy Consultant at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Joseph Williams, believes the Caribbean must move faster towards greater renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Delivering the feature address at Green Energy Day at the Energy Conference in Port of Spain, Williams said Caribbean countries are not poor in regard to energy.  He said in … Continue reading
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29/4/15, In Belize, Climate Change Drives Coastal Management »»
A five-year project launched here in Belize City in March seeks to cement a shift in view of climate change and its impact on Belize’s national development. The Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project (MCCAP) has dual goals: putting in place structures to ensure continued protection for marine protected areas, and ensuring that those who benefit … Continue reading
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29/4/15, 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 … Continue reading
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29/4/15, 9th GCF Board meeting in Songdo, South Korea »»
Why 2015 will determine what kind of climate fund the GCF will be? Board achieves groundbreaking accreditation decision but misses opportunity to start work on investment strategy By: Felix Fallasch and Bianka Kretschmer 2015 is a critical year for the Green Climate Fund as the Fund is set to finally start running its operations, bringing … Continue reading
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15/4/15, INDC Preparation Webinar for Least Developed Countries »»
CDKN and Ricardo-AEA presents a public webinar for Least Developed Countries on ‘How to prepare your Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)’. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 14:00-15:00 UK time (GMT+1). To join the webinar, register now. The UNFCCC has invited all Parties to communicate to the secretariat their INDCs “well in advance of COP … Continue reading
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10/4/15, Scientists Map Caribbean Seafloor as Part of 12-Year Project »»
U.S. scientists on Tuesday completed a nearly two-week mission to explore waters around the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a 12-year project to map the Caribbean seafloor and help protect its reefs. A team with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied an area of 270 square miles (700 square kilometers), using equipment including … Continue reading
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10/4/15, Climate Education Week Nears – 18th – 25th April, 2015 »»
The Climate Education Week Toolkit is now available! It is a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with everything you need raise awareness and boost knowledge about climate change. The Toolkit includes a week’s worth of lesson plans, activities, and contests for K-12 students that meet Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core (a curriculum in the United States). Each day covers … Continue reading
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8/4/15, Caribbean and International Water and Funding Agencies Meet on a New Caribbean Climate-Proofing Water Investment Initiative »»
Over thirty (30) representatives from key regional and international water and finance institutions will meet in Barbados on April 9th and 10th, 2015 to help steer a new Caribbean Climate-Proofing Water Investment initiative spearheaded by the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) under its Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) executed in collaboration with the Caribbean Community … Continue reading
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