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9 to 12 October 2017. Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. CCCCC International Climate Change Conference. The conference was themed: “Adaptation in Action” which was hosted by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in association with the European Union (EU) funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA+).
The event ran from October brought together regional scientists to update regional stakeholders on the ongoing regional research in climate change, inform on actions being undertaken to build climate resilience across the regionby regional and international organisations, and discuss issues related to climate finance and the science, policy and finance nexus.
The International Climate Change Conference for the Caribbean region seeked to:
- build consensus and synergies between scientific analysis and policy formulation and implementation;
- expose primary stakeholders within the Caribbean region to the various tools available to integrate climate variability and change into national planning and policies;
- build capacity with regards to climate financing and implementation;
- create linkages and a network of researchers, programme/project developers, donors and policy makers;
- raise awareness on the roles of Caribbean scientists, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) process in general and the opportunities for local/regional scientists during the development of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6);
- give visibility to scientific documentation generated in the Caribbean region with the intention to be incorporated into the IPCC reports; and
- overall, raise public awareness about climate change related research studies carried out in the region, climate change financing and sustainable development, as well as charting the way forward.
Scientists also presented some of the key findings of the 1.5 to Stay Alive research project for the Caribbean region, which was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, offering more insight into the consequences of global warming exceeding a 1.5 degree Centigrade threshold and provide regional climate change negotiators more robust science based information for the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP) at the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Conference Programme: www.gcca.eu/node/1025
Follow the conference: @CARICOMClimate, #GCCA+, #CarribeanClimate,
- Adrian Trotman (CIMH) Climate Services for Agriculture including CariSAM and its bulletin, PICSA and related information (day 1)
- Dale Rankin(UWI MONA) Case study Research on Sweet Potato (day 2)
- Steve Maximay(UWI St Augustine) Climate Smart Agriculture (day 3)
- Kistian Flemming (CARDI) Developing appropriate climate smart agriculture practices for sustainable development (day 3)
- Monnereau Iris (UNFAO) Effective and innovative climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector in the Caribbean region (day 3)
17 October 2017. Launch of the first Caribbean Regional Energy Efficiency Pilot Financing Facility
The new EE Financing Facility was made possible with a grant of USD 200,000 under the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Environment Programme (GEF-UNEP) Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD) Project, with co-financing of USD 800,000 from the DFC. The pilot financing facility is intended to provide the foundation for the development of a self-sustaining financing window within the DFC to facilitate increased investments in EE and RE.
The Caribbean Development Bank and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre are organising to a side event on November 13, 2017, during the 23rd Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. Entitled: 1.5° – New findings on implications for the Caribbean, regional scientists will present critical information on the impact of 1.5° vs 2.0° rise in temperature and discuss the costs of rebuilding in a future of more extreme events.