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4/5/16, GCF direct access week puts countries’ climate actions in the fast lane »»
The Green Climate Fund concluded its first “Readiness Week” to assist direct access entities in developing their project ideas. The week-long event brought together the 13 organizations that have been accredited for direct access to the Fund, as well as 27 developing countries, represented by a National Designated Authority or Focal Point (NDA/FP). Nearly 100 … Continue reading
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3/5/16, Break Free From Fossil Fuels »»
The largest global moment of civil disobedience in the history of the environmental movement begins today in the UK. This is the beginning of a wave of peaceful direct actions across six continents, lasting for 12 days, targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects. Tomorrow thousands of people in Batangas, the Philippines will march … Continue reading
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29/4/16, Final Evaluation of the Caribbean Regional Resilience Development Implementation Plan (IP) Project »»
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received funds from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom to advance theRegional Strategy for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change and its accompanying Implementation Plan under the Caribbean Regional Resilience Development Implementation Plan (IP) Project 202595, and it intends to apply part of … Continue reading
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28/4/16, Adopting energy-efficient practices to help businesses »»
Khara Roches is the National Coordinator for the Energy for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean Project for Belize. Roches told Amandala that there are five countries participating in the project: Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Belize.   “The main goal”, Roches said, “is to reduce energy intensity by … Continue reading
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27/4/16, Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week »»
The Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change (RCCCC), under the chairmanship of Saint Lucia’s minister for public service, sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Dr James Fletcher, will meet in Saint Lucia on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to review the progress made in the implementation of the region’s climate change plan and to … Continue reading
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25/4/16, T&T’s Civil Society Boosts Capacity to Communicate Climate Change »»
As the Caribbean is in the midst of yet another period of drought, we are reminded of the harsh reality that urgent action is needed to address climate change.  Civil society organisations (CSOs) are poised to play a key role in enhancing our understanding about what is climate change, how it will affect us and … Continue reading
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25/4/16, Dominica benefits from $15 Million Japan Climate Change Partnership »»
Dominica is the first of eight Caribbean countries to participate in a Japan funded Climate Change Partnership. The Government of Japan has provided financial and technical support for the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership under the United Nations Development Program, (UNDP), and sub-regional office for Barbados. The project aims to support countries in the process … Continue reading
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25/4/16, Climate Change is making small islands more arid. What does this mean for food and water security? »»
A new study predicts that 73% of islands will become substantially more arid by mid century, up from an estimate of 50 percent. From the Caribbean to Easter Island to Hawaii, a majority of islands are facing a risk of drying up due to climate change. New research estimates that the small islands in the … Continue reading
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25/4/16, Stunning Snapshot of Caribbean Coral Reefs from Space »»
Tim Kopra, NASA astronaut, yet again mesmerized his followers with his latest tweet of a beautiful image of Caribbean coral reefs from space. Coral reefs are the main victims of sudden climate change. They are vanishing at an alarming rate due to ocean acidification and global warming. Being a guardian of the marine ecosystem, they provide … Continue reading
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25/4/16, European Commission and World Bank Sign Agreement on Catastrophe Risk Insurance for Caribbean and Central American countries »»
European Union contributes €14 million to Multi-Donor Trust Fund to facilitate access by Central American countries and the DR to insurance facility. The European Commission and the World Bank signed today a Euro 14 million agreement to be executed by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) to facilitate access to low cost, high quality catastrophe risk … Continue reading
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22/4/16, Landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change Signed Today »»
About 170 countries gathered at the United Nations for a ceremonial signing of the landmark Paris agreement on Friday, in a powerful display of global efforts to fight climate change. A dozen countries – mainly the small island states at risk of being drowned by rising seas – said they would take the additional step … Continue reading
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21/4/16, Paris climate deal signing ceremony: what it means and why it matters? »»
The world took a collective sigh of relief in the last days of 2015, when countries came together to adopt the historic Paris agreement on climate change. The international treaty was a much-needed victory for multilateralism, and surprised many with its more-ambitious-than-expected agreement to pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The next step in bringing … Continue reading
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20/4/16, Climate Analytics Meeting on 21st April »»
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6/4/16, Diplomatic Week Symposium focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development »»
A symposium held on Tuesday, April 05, is one of the Key activities of this year’s Diplomatic Week which is being held under the theme “Forging New Partnerships and Strengthening Networks for Sustainable Growth and Economic Development”. The Symposium was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and focused on The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda for Climate Change, … Continue reading
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6/4/16, Economic Impact of Climate Change Concerns IDB »»
The adverse economic impacts of climate change on Latin American – and especially Caribbean – countries will be a central issue at the Inter-American Development Bank’s annual meeting, which gets under way next week in the Bahamas. During that gathering, which will take place from April 6-10 in Nassau, the IDB governors will debate a … Continue reading
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6/4/16, Limiting catch of one type of fish could help save coral reefs, research finds »»
Study finds protecting a single type of herbivorous fish could be crucial to the recovery of reefs from damage related to climate change Limiting the take of just one type of fish could protect coral reefs around the world from the most serious immediate impacts of climate change, researchers have found. Studying Caribbean coral reefs, … Continue reading
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6/4/16, Speech: New Commonwealth Secretary-General Applauds Caribbean Leadership on Climate Change »»
“Coming together in unity has been one of the strengths of the Caribbean region” – Patricia Scotland QC Caribbean countries have shown great leadership in “mobilising the world” to act on the threat posed by climate change, the Secretary-General Designate of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, has said. Addressing the … Continue reading
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6/4/16, Supply and Installation of Two (2) Ground Mounted Array Type Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic System at the Argyle International Airport, St. Vincent and The Grenadines »»
Supply and Installation of 75 kWp Ground Mounted Array Type Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic System at the Argyle International Airport, St. Vincent and The Grenadines – Contract # 01/2016/GEF/CCCCC 1. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (“the Centre”) has received financing from the Global Environment (GEF) (UNEP) toward the cost of the project “Energy for … Continue reading
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5/4/16, Bahamas hosts summit on Latin American and Caribbean economies »»
Highlights: Adverse impact of climate change huge concern First time in a quarter of century, IDB hosts meeting in Caribbean Latin American, Caribbean economies mixed picture While growth in Latin America and the Caribbean continued to decline for the fifth straight year, the region is still better off than in the past decade, says the … Continue reading
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29/3/16, Urgent Action Needed to Reduce Effects of Climate Change »»
Jamaica’s Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has described climate change as a “real and present danger” that will persist, and “critical and urgent action” must be taken by nations globally to reduce its effects. “We are now facing a future that almost certainly will be … Continue reading
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23/3/16, CCRIF 2016 Regional Internship Programme »»
  The  objective  of the  CCRIF  Regional  Internship Programme  is  to  provide  career-related  work experience for Caribbean citizens that enhances their academic training and provides a real world introduction in the areas of disaster risk management, climate change, meteorology, risk transfer and/or risk modelling. These guidelines provide the framework for this internship programme. CCRIF partners … Continue reading
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23/3/16, Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre – Leading the Regional Response to Climate Change »»
Since its inception in 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) programme has been leading the way in developing a regionally integrated approach to solving the Caribbean’s climate, energy, and resource challenges. The CCIC programme aims to assist Caribbean island states to adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change by empowering each territory … Continue reading
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22/3/16, World Water Day and Earth Hour Celebrated in Belize »»
  World Water Day is a day of international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and to take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio, Brazil where it was … Continue reading
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21/3/16, 10 Ways You Can Help Protect Caribbean Reefs »»
Here in the U.S. Virgin Islands, like all over the Caribbean, we depend on our reefs for tourism, to protect our coastlines, beaches and favorite marine creatures, and to support recreational and commercial fisheries. However, the list of threats to coral reefs continues to grow. Climate change, pollution, run off, over-fishing, and vessel groundings continue … Continue reading
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21/3/16, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic : The Caribbean’s first Carbon Neutral Town »»
A meeting was conducted where professionals and residents of the highland town joined forces to make Jarabacoa a pollution-free community was hosted by the Fernando Arturo de Meriño Agroforestry at Pinar Dorado Hotel University. In light of the agreement reached at the recent summit in France, 195 countries aimed to fight global warming to keep … Continue reading
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21/3/16, Capacity-building for strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize »»
The Belize Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development hosted a 1 day workshop earlier in March, 2016, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel under a project entitled “Capacity-building for the strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize”. This project is being implemented in collaboration with the United Nations … Continue reading
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21/3/16, Adaptation Fund Accredits CDB »»
    Bridgetown, Barbados, March 17, 2016: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) can now better access funds to address climate change and mitigate the impact on Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) after the Board of the Adaptation Fund announced on March 1 that accreditation has been granted to the regional development funding agency. “CDB’s accreditation opens … Continue reading
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16/3/16, GWP Celebrates 20 Years of Impact »»
Watch the anniversary video and join the Network!  You can also read more what our Partners say about the benefits of joining GWP – Meet our Partners – we have a new set of interviews. Welcome to visit the Anniversary album (click on the below image), with celebratory images from around the GWP regions. Please feel free to … Continue reading
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15/3/16, New Jamaican government urged to make climate change a priority »»
Panos Caribbean has urged the new prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and his team to give priority to climate change, especially in light of developments at the Paris Climate Talks, held in December 2015. Jamaica had a strong delegation present at the talks and has provided leadership on climate change matters for the Caribbean. … Continue reading
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15/3/16, Climate Change and Coral Reefs: A Matter of Urgency »»
If you have ever been snorkeling in a tropical paradise and seen the psychedelic colors and teeming variety of otherworldly sea critters, you were gazing upon something increasingly rare: a healthy coral reef. That site also does a lot more than dazzle vacationers. Coral reefs occupy just 0.1 percent of the oceans’ bottom but provide … Continue reading
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15/3/16, These ancient shipwrecks hold a hidden message about climate change »»
Inventive new research has found a surprising way of investigating the relationship between hurricanes and climate change — by examining the history of Spanish shipwrecks in the Caribbean Sea during a planetary cool period in the late 17th and 18th century. The result, based on comparisons between tree rings from the Florida Keys and a historical record of … Continue reading
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9/3/16, CCRIF SPC – Scholarship Program »»
CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) is a risk pooling company, owned, operated and registered in the Caribbean to serve governments in the Wider Caribbean Region and their communities in reducing the economic impact of natural catastrophes. Through the CCRIF Scholarship Programme of the CCRIF Technical Assistance Programme, the facility provides scholarships … Continue reading
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4/3/16, Caribbean Economies: Mixed Fortunes; Topsy-Turvy External Environment »»
St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Turks and Caicos Islands showed 4 percent growth, due to improved tourism arrivals and increased tourism related construction, while the region’s economic powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago grew by just 0.2 percent due to weaker oil and gas prices. That’s according to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)’s Economic Review … Continue reading
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3/3/16, Saint Lucia Keeps COP21 Momentum Going »»
Saint Lucia is one of many Caribbean countries building on the 2015 Paris Climate Talks by promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation, in a disaster-prone region. The small island nations of the Eastern Caribbean are already reeling from the impacts of climate change. In recent years, the countries have experienced more intense storms, longer and … Continue reading
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3/3/16, From UN negotiations to flooding: climate change in the Caribbean »»
The way the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and CARICOM countries worked together for the Paris climate talks (COP21) at the end of 2015 was an achievement pointed out to me by several people while I was in Belize on a two week work exchange – from hostel owners to CCCCC staff. ‘For the … Continue reading
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2/3/16, Panos Caribbean launches new ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ album »»
Caribbean audiences are up for a musical treat, thanks to a new album set for release later today, under the ‘1.5 to Stay Alive’ campaign. The campaign — the work of Panos Caribbean; the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; the Saint Lucia Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology;the Caribbean Development Bank, the Organisation … Continue reading
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2/3/16, 5C’s featured in T&T press »»
Through its role as a Centre of Excellence, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) supports the people of the Caribbean as they address the impact of climate variability and change on all aspects of economic development through the provision of timely forecasts and analyses of potentially hazardous impacts of both natural and human-induced climatic … Continue reading
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2/3/16, IICA Climate Smart Competition Launched »»
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Tuesday announced that it has launched a competition that seeks to identify successful cases of climate-smart practices in the Eastern Caribbean. It said the “Climate Smart Agriculture: Stories from Farmers in the Eastern Caribbean States,” is open to organizations in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, … Continue reading
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2/3/16, Heather-Lynn’s Habitat: US$15M Climate Change Project Announced »»
Eight Caribbean countries will benefit from Japanese and United Nations financial assistance to help build their resilience to climate change. On Thursday, the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership was launched at the Radisson Aquatica Resort. It is a partnership between the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP). Belize, Dominica, Grenada, … Continue reading
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2/3/16, IDB Group to hold annual meeting in The Bahamas »»
The Inter-American Development Bank Group will hold its annual meeting in Nassau, The Bahamas, on April 7-10. Economic and financial leaders from its 48 member countries will discuss key development challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean on issues ranging from the global economic slowdown, private sector investments, energy sector diversification, sustainable urban development, the … Continue reading
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2/3/16, COMMUNIQUÉ: The 27th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM »»
CLIMATE CHANGE Heads of Government welcomed the Paris Agreement which was the outcome of the 21st  Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in France in December 2015.  They noted that CARICOM had a major interest in the outcome of this Conference, since, as SIDS, … Continue reading
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2/3/16, Over 70 Entrepreneurs Benefitting from CCIC Training »»
Over 70 local and regional entrepreneurs and innovators are currently benefiting from training in product and business development skills under the Caribbean Green Tech Start-up Boot camp. The programme, which is an initiative of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) aims to identify and support Caribbean entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing locally appropriate … Continue reading
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16/2/16, Notice of Public Consultation »»
The general public is hereby informed that the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is developing a Pilot Project to conduct research on the cultivation of Arundo Donax (wild cane) in Belize. The digital DRAFT of the “Environment and Risk Management Plan” can be viewed on the website of the Department of the Environment as well … Continue reading
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11/2/16, Reducing non-communicable disease in SIDS through climate preservation »»
Healthy Caribbean Coalition Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease account for some 7 out of every 10 deaths in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean. This results in the expenditure of approximately 60% of health budgets in nearly all Caribbean countries. While it … Continue reading
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11/2/16, First Caribbean Regional Waste-To-Energy Technology EXPO & Conference Deemed ‘A Tremendous Success’ »»
From the 20-23 January 2016, over 100 senior professionals with expertise in energy, climate change, environment and waste management gathered at the Grenada Trade Centre to share lessons learned and perspectives on Waste-to-Energy solutions that are appropriate for small island developing states (SIDS). The First Caribbean Regional Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Technology Expo and Conference was deemed … Continue reading
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4/2/16, Green jobs boom: The frontline of the new solar economy »»
The growth in renewable energy is fuelling new jobs in Asia and Africa. Meet three beneficiaries of the new green economy from Zambia, Pakistan and Kenya Placing portable solar panels on roof of house to charge, Longisa, Bomet district, Kenya Photograph: Corrie Wingate  While the price of oil is plummeting, taking with it a significant … Continue reading
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3/2/16, Japan and UNDP launch climate change project in eight Caribbean countries »»
The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above … Continue reading
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3/2/16, Tackling climate change in the Caribbean »»
The world is still celebrating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the main outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Its ambitions are unprecedented: not only has the world committed to limit the increase of temperature to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” it has … Continue reading
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2/2/16, Geothermal Energy in Nevis »»
Legislators on the tiny volcanic island of Nevis in the northern region of the Lesser Antilles say they are on a path to going completely green and have now set a date when they will replace diesel-fired electrical generation with 100 per cent renewable energy. The island, with a population of 12,000 currently imports 4.2 … Continue reading
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27/1/16, IDB fund climate change adaptation programme in Tobago involving underwater sculptures »»
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided US$500,000 in grant financing to The Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago to implement a pilot programme utilizing underwater sculptures as a unique approach to climate change adaptation in the Buccoo Reef area. Trinidadian artist Peter Minshall will create two Carnival-themed sculptures, part of a work known as … Continue reading
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