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1 1 Work of the Caribbean Climate Change Centre Mr. Carlos Fuller

2 2 The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Accomplishments

3 3 The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Recognizing the vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and climate variability on the economic development and social needs of the region: Recognizing the vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and climate variability on the economic development and social needs of the region: –The Heads of Government of CARICOM in July 2002, endorsed the creation of a permanent capacity in the region to address climate change. The Centre is mandated to coordinate the regional response to climate change and its efforts to manage and adapt to its projected impacts. The Centre is mandated to coordinate the regional response to climate change and its efforts to manage and adapt to its projected impacts. It must be Financially independent It must be Financially independent  Operational since January 2004 January 2004  Located in Belmopan, Belize Belmopan, Belize

4 4 Achieving Financial Viability Achieving financial viability and sustainability in the shortest possible time required two things: Achieving financial viability and sustainability in the shortest possible time required two things: –A small but effective organizational structure, and –a viable financial plan.

5 5 Current Institutional Support Operational Institutional support Operational Institutional support –The Government of Belize –The Government of Barbados –The Government of Italy –UNEP Support for the Establishment of the Trust Fund Support for the Establishment of the Trust Fund –The Government of Trinidad & Tobago

6 6 Developing an Effective Organization An incremental approach used in the development of an effective and sustainable organization. An incremental approach used in the development of an effective and sustainable organization. Personnel (type and number) based on needs: Personnel (type and number) based on needs: –Staff of 2 in 2004 (Director and Assistant) –Staff of 8 in 2005 –Staff of 16 November 2006 Technical (5) Technical (5) Information Management (1) Information Management (1) Financial management (3) Financial management (3) Procurement (2) Procurement (2) Administration (5) Administration (5)

7 7 Legal Status and Governance The Centre possesses full juridical personality. The Centre possesses full juridical personality. It is a CARICOM specialized agency with an independent management. It is a CARICOM specialized agency with an independent management. The Management comprises The Management comprises –The CARICOM Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED) that provides guidance on policy- related matters. –A Board of Directors with responsibility for strategic planning. –A technical secretariat headed by a Director with responsibility for tactical planning.

8 8 The Objectives of the Centre  Enhancing regional institutional capabilities for the co-ordination of national responses to the adverse effects of climate change  Providing comprehensive policy and technical support in the area of climate change and related issues as well as spearheading regional initiatives in those areas  Performing the role of executing agency for regional climate change-related projects  Promoting education and public awareness on climate change issues  Facilitating regional consensus for negotiations related to the UNFCCC

9 9 MISSION THE CENTRE’S PRIMARY FUNCTION IS TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF THE REGION AS THEY ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE VARIABILITY AND CHANGE ON ALL ASPECTS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

10 10FOCUS REGIONAL CLEARING HOUSE COMMUNITY- LEVEL INTERFACE REGIONAL CLEARING HOUSE COMMUNITY- LEVEL INTERFACE MECHANISM FOR CONTINUOUS ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN MECHANISM FOR CONTINUOUS ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN COLLABORATIVE INIATIVES COLLABORATIVE INIATIVES JOINT-PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT JOINT-PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT PRIVATE SECTOR POLICY ADVISORY SERVICE PRIVATE SECTOR POLICY ADVISORY SERVICE CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONSULTANCY SERVICES TRUST FUND DEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND DEVELOPMENT

11 11 Institutional Alliances University of Louisville (Kentucky, U.S.A.) University of Louisville (Kentucky, U.S.A.) Florida International University (U.S.A.) Florida International University (U.S.A.) University of the West Indies University of the West Indies University of Belize University of Belize Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research United Kingdom Hadley Centre United Kingdom Hadley Centre Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Research Institute, Japan United Nations Institute for Training and Research United Nations Institute for Training and Research Organization of American States (OAS) Organization of American States (OAS) CICERO (Norway) CICERO (Norway) CATHALAC (Panama) CATHALAC (Panama)

12 12 Projects the Centre currently Executing The MACC project The MACC project –Implementing Agency – World Bank –Project Duration 2003 – 2008 –Project budget US$10 Million The SPACC project The SPACC project –Implementing Agency – World Bank –Projection Duration 2007 – 2011 –Project budget US$5.14 Million Japanese Trust Fund PHRD Project Japanese Trust Fund PHRD Project –Implementing Agency – World Bank –Project budget US$340,000 Integration of the UK Caribbean OT into MACC Integration of the UK Caribbean OT into MACC –Implementing Agency DFID –Project duration 2007 – 2012 –Project Budget US$600,000

13 13 Activities of the Centre Joint sponsorship of workshops and symposiums on climate change related issues. Joint sponsorship of workshops and symposiums on climate change related issues. Provide Financial and other support to graduate Students: Provide Financial and other support to graduate Students: –Post Doctorate studies –Graduate studies at UWI –Undergraduate studies at UWI Providing technical advise to regional governments on climate change related issues. Providing technical advise to regional governments on climate change related issues.

14 Activities Seminar on climate change for OAS Ambassadors Seminar on climate change for OAS Ambassadors Side event with Gov of Italy at CSD 15 Side event with Gov of Italy at CSD 15 Briefing document for regional negotiators for UNFCCC SB 26 Briefing document for regional negotiators for UNFCCC SB 26 Briefing on climate change-related issues to CARICOM Foreign Ministers (Belize 9 – 10 May) Briefing on climate change-related issues to CARICOM Foreign Ministers (Belize 9 – 10 May) Briefing to Heads of Government of CARICOM and Central America (Belize 12 May) Briefing to Heads of Government of CARICOM and Central America (Belize 12 May) Joint sponsorship of CCCCC – UWI Conference on Climate Change Impacts on the Caribbean (Mona, Jamaica June 15 – 17) Joint sponsorship of CCCCC – UWI Conference on Climate Change Impacts on the Caribbean (Mona, Jamaica June 15 – 17) Briefing to the UK – Caribbean Business Community Briefing to the UK – Caribbean Business Community Climate Change And The Caribbean Economy: Threats And Opportunities June 8th, Trinidad Hilton, Port of Spain Climate Change And The Caribbean Economy: Threats And Opportunities June 8th, Trinidad Hilton, Port of Spain

15 15 Modeling Activities The GCM’s resolution of 300 km cannot resolve the small islands of the Caribbean. The GCM’s resolution of 300 km cannot resolve the small islands of the Caribbean. The Centre is collaborating with other institutions in the use of downscaling regional models to look at future climate scenarios. The Centre is collaborating with other institutions in the use of downscaling regional models to look at future climate scenarios. Collaborating Institutions include: Collaborating Institutions include: –Hadley Centre –University of the West Indies –INSMET in Cuba –CATHALAC in Panama Belize: Sept 25-29, 2006 Cuba: Dec 4 – 10, 2006

16 16 Current and Plan Research Programme

17 17 INFORMATION AND EARLY WARNING- RELATED PROJECTS –Develop Early Warning Regional Drought Forecast Model –Develop Climate Change Sectoral Impact Models –Clearing-house for Climate Change information in the Caribbean –Modeling of sea level rise in the Caribbean, east-west

18 18 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT- RELATED PROJECTS Develop Think-Tank Teams Develop Think-Tank Teams Caribbean Climate Change Journal Two- Year Pilot Project Caribbean Climate Change Journal Two- Year Pilot Project

19 19 EDUCATION-RELATED PROJECTS Internship Programme for M.Sc Students at UWI with Universities in Italy Internship Programme for M.Sc Students at UWI with Universities in Italy Develop modules for use in distance education projects in collaboration with Italian Institutions Develop modules for use in distance education projects in collaboration with Italian Institutions

20 20 HURRICANE AND FLOOD-RELATED PROJECTS Development of LIDAR system for use in Development of LIDAR system for use in –High Resolution Bathymetric Mapping of coastal waters of the 15 Members States of CARICOM –High Resolution Topographic Mapping of coastal areas of the 15 Member States of CARICOM –High Resolution Topographic Mapping of catchments areas

21 21 OTHER AREAS FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS’ SUPPORT Costing adaptation in region (Stern-type report) Costing adaptation in region (Stern-type report) Provide support/guidance for CDM institutional arrangements and projects, examples: Provide support/guidance for CDM institutional arrangements and projects, examples: –Energy efficiency –Renewable energy –Biofuels –Landfill gas (waste management) –Clean Technology –Ethanol – transformation of sugar industry –South- South transfer of technology –Establishment of DNA’s

22 22 The best way to predict the future...is to create it... THANK YOU THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY CLIMATE CHANGE CENTRE 2 nd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Bldg. P.O. Box 563 Bliss Parade, Belmopan City, Belize Tel: /1104 Fax: Website:


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