CCCCC Leverages Millions Of Dollars In Climate Funds For Caribbean Countries

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(Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Press Release) – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (the Centre), in collaboration with Member States, has recently secured an estimated US$3.2M from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for six readiness projects to be implemented in five Member States as in Table 1 below.

CountryProject TitleAmountUSD
The BahamasDeveloping a climate resilient health system in The Bahamas749,975.00
HaitiEmpowering Municipalities in Haiti to plan for, manage and respond to the impacts of climate change449,149.00
Saint LuciaEnhancing Saint Lucia’s capacity, institutions and strategic frameworks to access climate finance for low-emission climate resilient pathways662,065.00
Saint Kitts and NevisCapacity building to support Accreditation, Planning, Programming and Implementation of GCF-funded activities in St. Kitts and Nevis599,950.00
Trinidad and TobagoAddressing pre-accreditation gaps for the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad & Tobago388,794.00
Trinidad and TobagoBuilding climate resilience into Trinidad and Tobago’s Healthcare System375,986.00
Table 1. Recently approved GCF Readiness Projects in CARICOM Member States

Since its accreditation to the GCF in 2015, the Centre has mobilised over US$38 million on behalf of CARICOM Member States that include The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.  These investments contribute to improving the Region’s readiness, capacity and resilience to adverse impacts of climate change.

Dr Colin Young, Executive Director of the CCCCC, said he was both excited and hopeful that more Member States will partner with the Centre to access climate finance to implement their national climate change strategies and their enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).  Dr. Young also stated that the Centre has “a proud track record as a credible regional institution dedicated to climate change coordination and resource mobilisation on behalf of all CARICOM Member States.  Our work with governments, the private sector, civil society, development partners and various international agencies speak not just of our capacity but our resolve to meet our mandate to coordinate the Region’s response to climate change.”

The GCF is the world’s largest Fund dedicated to channeling climate finance to assist developing countries to meet their climate mitigation and adaptation needs. According to Dr Young, “the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the effects of climate change. Because of the Centre’s success in mobilizing resources from donors like the GCF, CARICOM Member States can partner with the Centre to access USD $10-50M per project in grant funds from the GCF. The Centre will continue to collaborate and work closely with governments, regional organisations, donors, civil society and the private sector to develop projects at scale that will improve the Region’s climate resilience, contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the quality of life of our people.”

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is an inter-governmental Caribbean Community (CARICOM) institution that is mandated by the CARICOM Heads of Government to coordinate the Region’s response to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM Member States. In this role, the Centre is recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also one of the few institutions recognized as a Centre of Excellence by United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Go to www.caribbeanclimate.bz for more information. 

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