Region advancing protocol on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, THURSDAY, 19 April 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries officials from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) met on 18 April, 2018, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The meeting was held to review and validate the Draft Protocol to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture into the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy.

Experts from non-government stakeholders in fisheries/aquaculture, climate change and disaster risk management attended the one-day meeting. They include the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), and regional and international organisations such as the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The CRFM—the CARICOM agency which works to promote sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector—is a regional partner on the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and implemented by FAO. It is under this umbrella that the new initiative is being implemented for the benefit of the CARICOM States. (more…)

Fascinating, sophisticated displays at The Bishops’ High School CARICOM Project event

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The Bishops’ High School in Georgetown, Guyana, hosted its annual 9th Grade (3rd Form) CARICOM Project at the school on Friday, 13 April, 2018.

This year’s activity was observed under the theme, ‘Climate: Resilience and Mitigation – Safeguarding Our Physical and Cultural Integrity’

Two CARICOM Member States – Dominica, and Haiti – were featured this year. The other country featured was Puerto Rico.

Form 3B, which presented on Dominica, won the overall competition with a notably brilliant stage performance which captured the history, geography, culture, climate change effects and mitigation efforts through assistance from CARICOM Member States, Institutions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other stakeholders.

CARICOM Secretariat staff members, Ms. Tusankine English, Ms. Sandra Barker and Ms. Shunae Samuels were judges for the day-long activity

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Need for climate change financing in SIDS highlighted at CHOGM 2018

RT. Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, this morning used the international platform of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to reinforce the need for financing for Small Island and Developing States (SIDS) given the existential threats climate change poses for these countries.

The Jamaican Prime Minister was speaking at the Combined Forum hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, London, United Kingdom (UK).

“The issue of climate change is not a philosophical one, we don’t have time in defending the credibility of whether or not it is real or fake. It is an existential threat, in the real sense of SIDS such as those in the Caribbean and the Pacific,” he pointed out.

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Energy stakeholders to begin drafting TAPSEC operational plan

Work on drafting an operational plan for the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) gets underway later this month.

National governments, key regional institutions and development agencies will meet for the first planning workshop of the TAPSEC from 24-26 April, in the Dominican Republic. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Dominican Republic.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for strategic and implementing partners to discuss and reach consensus on drafting the operational plan to guide the TAPSEC programme. The draft operational plan will be used as a basis for discussion to set goals and planning activities for the first 20 months of the programme implementation by December 2019. (more…)

CARICOM SG briefed by his Commonwealth counterpart ahead of Summit

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (centre) in discussion with Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland and CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson

Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque was this morning briefed by Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland on the issues before this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM 2018) in London, England.

A number of CARICOM Member States are part of the community of 53 nations which are participating in the CHOGM,  being held under the theme “Towards a Common Future”. (more…)