Caribbean Climate Watch – February Edition #1

Caribbean Climate Watch – February Edition #1

Welcome to Caribbean Climate Watch! Below are some of the major climate change headlines regionally and internationally. 

Have a read!

Regional

Barbados Today: This week Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley is expected to discuss a number of issues such as Climate Change and Climate Resilience with Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne during his visit to the Caribbean island this week. Minister Champagne replaced Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was initially making the visit to Barbados. Read more.

CARIBPCCR: A number of key Jamaican civil servants have been trained to use the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tool (CCORAL). The training was facilitated by a team from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). According to the CCCCC, the CCORAL tool allows government officials to better integrate climate resilience into the decision making process. Read more.

CDB: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of The Bahamas and Chairman of Caribbean Development Bank’s Board of Governors, the Honourable Kevin Peter Turnquest has called on the bank to invest more in initiatives that help build the resilience and self-sufficiency of the Caribbean. Minister Turnquest says with countries in the global community beginning to adopt a more unilateral stance, Caribbean countries need to rely more on each other and their regional institutions such as CDB. Read more.

UNDP: Over J$45 million in grants have been awarded to seven community groups in Jamaica. Provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-implemented Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), the grants will transform a rural neighbourhood into a sustainable ‘green’ community, position unattached youth to earn from environmental projects, and build climate resilience among persons living with disabilities. Read more.

Commonwealth: The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Patricia Scotland is in Barbados this week as a special guest for CARICOM’s inter-sessional meetings. Her participation in the meetings is expected to spur climate action in the region. Read more.

International

Climate Home: Alok Sharma has been appointed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the President of COP26 in November. It is expected that in his new role, Sharma will have to balance a number of responsibilities such as the UK’s climate policy, the energy and business brief as well as the diplomatic preparations for the event. Read more.

BBC: According to Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps the UK’s planned ban on sales of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars could start as early as 2032. This is one of the proposals being set out by the UK government in run-up to COP26 in November. Read more.

Climate Home: On February 7th Norway became the third nation to update its Nationally Determined Contributions ahead of COP26 in November. Read more.

Commonwealth: Representatives at the Commonwealth Small States Office in Geneva recently took part in a information and brainstorming session. Facilitated by a team from the World Trade Organisation, the delegates discussed the linkages between, trade, natural disasters and climate change. Read more.

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