The main goal of the Centre is to improve the ability of Caribbean people living in communities at risk from climate change to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. It does this through the provision of services designed to improve knowledge of climate change and foster adaptation to the effects of climate change. These services include:
- Clearing House – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre’s (CCCCC) Regional Clearinghouse Database is the region’s premier repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region. This dedicated climate change resource was first explored over a decade ago during the course of the Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change (CPACC) project (1997 to 2001), but the current iteration was spurred by a CDB project grant (2010) for a new CCCCC website and information portal focused on gathering, disseminating and exchanging information and data on climate change.
The Clearinghouse has grown steadily since its launch in 2010, from a few dozen documents to over 3,830 as of September 2013. The rapid expansion of the database will continue as the Centre adds new documents every month, including books, videos, national/regional strategy documents, project reports, studies and scholarly articles, among others. The expansion of the database is complemented by broad use of the facility by target audiences from across the region and internationally— namely the press, the public, project teams, consultants, experts, researchers, students, focal points, governments and partner organizations. This wide usage is evidenced by average monthly downloads of 8, 500 documents between December 2012 and February 2013.
- Community Projects – The Centre’s expertise is used to facilitate projects for communities-at-risk and to expedite community “buy-in” and adaptation measures. The Centre seeks to conceptualize, develop, and implement projects which result in behaviour change through a participatory process involving the communities as partners. The Centre is particularly interested in the areas of Health, Tourism, Agriculture, and Renewable Energy.
- Joint Programmes – Regional and international agencies, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other civil organizations will find a ready and receptive partner for climate change projects at the Centre. The Centre has a network of experts who are available for all stages of project design and management.
- Environmental Scanning – The Centre has access to the necessary information and expertise to identify climate-related threats. It uses this information to help its stakeholders, including regional governments, private sector businesses, financial institutions, and voluntary organizations, to develop and implement adaptation strategies based on scenarios developed by the Centre. The Centre would also be an integral part of any regional early-warning system.
- Climate Change Curricula – Climate change is increasingly becoming a field of specialisation within the realm of environmental and sustainable development. The Centre has access to the expertise to take curricula-related programmes from concept to implementation. The Centre can also monitor and evaluate existing and new programmes.
- Training – The Centre will develop appropriate courses for different organisations and levels of management in issues related to climate change. This includes technical areas, like proposal writing and negotiations.
- Consultancy Services – Using its network of expert consultants, the Centre can provide services for a wide range of situations and projects. It can conceptualise, plan, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate projects and programmes in areas related to climate change. Such areas range from biodiversity to alternate energy.
- Trust Fund – The Centre has established a Trust Fund as a mechanism to provide support in situations where external funds are not readily available, or are difficult to mobilise within the allotted time frame. In some situations, regional priorities may not be supported by existing international programmes. There may also be times when countries may wish to develop projects prior to a formal request to a funding agency, but lack the resources for project development. In this case, the Trust Fund will provide the bridging finance.
GCF - The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) was accredited as a regional implementing entity by the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a key multilateral financing mechanism to support climate action in developing countries on July 09, 2015. As the first regionally accredited organization, the CCCCC is now the interface and conduit for GCF funding to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean. Application for GCF funding takes place in consultation with country focal points (NDAs) and the CCCCC.