Caribbean Climate Watch – March Edition #1

Caribbean Climate Watch – March Edition #1

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

Have a read!

Regional

UNDP: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Barbados and the OECS recently supported the Caribbean Cooperative Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV) Hub as they held their second annual meeting. The Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub is tasked with enabling countries to cooperate on technical challenges underlying climate change mitigation. During the two day meeting, stakeholders gave their feedback on the COP25 negotiations and addressed practical considerations on how to incorporate information to facilitate clarity, transparency and understanding into the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Read more.

CCCCC: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is wrapping up the construction of the Cayo North Resource and Resilience Centre in San Ignacio, Cayo,  Belize. The centre is one of eight country projects being implemented by the Centre under an Agreement between the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) and Participating Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member Countries. Read more.

International

COP26: President for COP26, Alok Sharma recently delivered his first United Nations address to officials such as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the British Ambassador to the United States. In his message, Mr. Sharma highlighted what he deemed as priority for states this year. He stated “there are some areas which need particular action in 2020. First, adaptation and resilience. Helping people, economies and the environment adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.” Read more.

UNFCCC: The Africa Climate Week scheduled for the 20-24 April this year has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Africa Climate Week is a part of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat’s regional climate week initiative, where countries are given an opportunity to move forward on crucial climate action work at a national and regional level, taking regional priorities into consideration. Read more.

Climate Home: The European Union is having to re-order its priorities in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The EU has been working on a new Green Deal and some elements were due at the end of the March however, some officials have signalled that these will be delayed. Read more.


UNFCCC: Participation in the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now initiative has surpassed the 300 mark. The initiative facilitates its participants taking action through a three-step method: estimating their emissions, acting to reduce them, and compensating the emissions that could not be avoided by supporting green projects in developing countries. The participants come from a variety of sectors including energy, finance, education, architecture, events and technology.  Read more.

Climate Home: The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat has pushed back all of its physical meetings this month and in April amid the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), delaying global efforts to tackle climate change. According to UN Climate Change’s calendar, 12 meetings planned during that period could be affected by the decision, including the Adaptation Fund board meeting which has now been postponed. Read more.

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