Caribbean Climate Watch – May Edition #2

Caribbean Climate Watch – May Edition #2

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

Have a read!

Regional

CDB: A number of farmers from Clarendon, Jamaica have begun to benefit from locally developed technology which is strengthening their climate smart practices. The project, which is financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and implemented by the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) has provided farmers with weather, market and field data via SMS and a web application. In addition, they receive access to agronomic tips, information on climate smart agricultural practices and compare specific crop prices at three of the major markets in Jamaica. Read more.

UNEP: 30 persons from key institutions in over 5 Caribbean countries have received online training in Sustainable Finance and Climate Change Risks and Opportunities. This was made possible by a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services (JIFS). Read more.

Gleaner: Jamaica’s agriculture ministry has signalled its intention to expand drip irrigation for its local farmers, as they continue to face changing weather patterns in the form of less rainfall and higher temperatures. Read more.

CDEMA: The World Meteorological Organisation recently hosted a four-day virtual workshop which focused on impact-based forecasting and risk scenario planning in the Caribbean. The workshop was a part of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Caribbean initiative – Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological and Early Warning Services – a US$5.5 million regional project that seeks to strengthen and streamline capacity related to weather forecasting, hydrological services, multi-hazard impact-based forecasting and warnings and service delivery. Read more.

CREAD: Dominica’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica have released the Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan for 2020-2030. The new policy document builds on the country’s National Resilience Development Strategy 2030 and states its commitment to achieving 20 specific climate resilience targets by 2030. Read more.

International

COP26: The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) which was postponed from its November 2020 date, now has a new date. The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners, agreed to new dates for the COP26 UN climate conference, which will now take place between 1 and 12, November 2021 in Glasgow. Read more.

Climate Home: The European Commission has announced that its proposed €750 billion fund to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis will have green strings attached, with 25% of all funding set aside for climate action. According to the Commission’s president Ursula von der Leyen, the recovery plan turns the immense challenge we face into an opportunity, not only by supporting the recovery but also by investing in our future: the European Green Deal and digitalisation. Read more.

Climate Home: Hungary has made its 2050 climate neutrality goal into law, aligning itself with the European Union’s net zero emissions strategy. However, some analysts have criticised the European country’s short-term targets as not being ambitious enough. Read more.


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