Caribbean Climate Watch – March Edition #2

Caribbean Climate Watch – March Edition #2

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

Have a read!

Regional

OECS: A number of climate change officials will be taking part in an online webinar series that focuses on mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) and Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) into climate change adaptation strategies. The Environment and Resilience Webinar series is being supported by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the Adapt’Action with the aim of creating more robust and transformative adaptation strategies. Read more.

FAO: The Green Climate Fund recently approved the funding of its first ever project in Cuba. The seven year, USD 119 milion project is aimed at strengthening the climate change resilience of the country’s vulnerable rural communities. Read more.

International

COP26: The UN Climate Change conference (COP26) scheduled for November of this year has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma, “the world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19. That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26.” Read more.

Climate Home: Japan has become the first of the G7 nations (7 advanced economies in the world) to update its climate action plans in 2020. However, instead of increasing its ambition, the Asian nation has reaffirmed its existing plan from 2015. Read more.


GCF: The Green Climate Fund Secretariat is making progress in its aim to improve access to climate finance. During the GCF’s most recent Board meeting, a presentation was made on the review of the Simplified Approval Process (SAP), an access modality that facilitates funding for projects of up to ten million US dollars. Following recommendations from the review, the Board has requested that the Secretariat improve the SAP policy for consideration at its 26th board meeting. Read more.

Climate Home: Despite the postponement of the UN Climate Change conference (COP26), governments are still due to submit tougher plans in 2020. According Marianne Karlsen, of Norway, chair of UN Climate Change’s implementation body (SBI)  the delay “doesn’t take away the pressure” for countries to submit increased climate plans, also known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), this year. Read more.

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