Caribbean countries get financial help to fight climate change
25 November 2016 | Mitigation
The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC or 5Cs) has launched a multimillion-dollar climate change adaptation programme (CCAP) which it said will boost climate-resilient development and reduce climate change induced-risks to human and natural assets in 10 Caribbean countries.
The four-year US$25.6-million CCAP project was launched in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC).
The CCAP is part of a larger goal of creating a more secure and prosperous Caribbean Community through sustainable climate change adaptation measures.
It will be implemented by the CCCCC in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.
USAID’s Chief of Mission Christopher Cushing said that, “This partnership seeks to reduce the risks to human and natural assets resulting from climate variability in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.
“We will work together with the 5Cs to create an integrated system to sustainably adapt to climate change in the ECS,” he said, adding that the climate resilient development initiative contributes to a coherent regional effort to tackle climate change- induced challenges in the Caribbean.
He said it builds upon both USAID’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean Regional Development Cooperative Strategy, which is addressing development challenges in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, and the CCCCC’s Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to a changing climate and its associated Implementation Plan that were unanimously endorsed by Caribbean Community heads.
“Our helping communities and government manage their water sources or sometimes, the lack thereof is encouraging the private sector and others to adopt renewable energy approaches while working with governments so they can develop the right frameworks and policies to encourage the uptake of renewable,” Cushing said.
CCCCC Executive Director Dr Kenrick Leslie said that the programme underscores the value of partnership for capacity building and realising tangible outcomes.
“Donor countries stand with us side by side because they recognised the need for an institution that would help lead the way to address the issues of climate change and sea level rise. While CCAP is a programme to help the Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries, it is helping the Centre to have the skills that will help us to propel the needs of our region in developing programmes to meet our obligations.”
There are three technical components of the CCAP that promotes the use of climate data and information for use in decision-making, as well as supporting innovative adaptation approaches which demonstrates proof of concept necessary to secure additional financing.
The third component fosters climate financing to support scale up and replication of sustainable adaptation initiatives.
Fuente: Jamaica Observer