Caribbean Climate Watch – July Edition

Caribbean Climate Watch – July Edition

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 Caribbean representatives, development partners, and private sector representatives, led by the OECS recently had the opportunity for stocktaking on the progress of updating their climate plans (NDCs). Those involved discussed common challenges such as the availability of quality data, data collection and resource mobilization. The groups also discussed systemic improvements such as adhering to timelines and eliminating data gaps. Read more.

OECS: Dominica is set to receive US $16.4 million to boost its resilience to climate change in the areas of agriculture and infrastructure. The funds were recently approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. Read more.

Climate Home: Jamaica has become the first Caribbean country to submit its updated climate plans under the Paris Agreement. Submitted July 1st, the more ambitious plan focuses on land use change and forestry emissions, as well as committing to deeper emission reductions in the energy sector. The submission also makes the country only the 11th one globally to do so thus far. Read more.

UNDRR: Haiti has become the latest Caribbean state to put a Risk and Disaster Management plan in place, in an effort to boost its resilience. The plan also represents an important contribution to advancing in the achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Read more.

CANARI: The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Fisheries Division recently supported the community members of Blanchisseuse, in identifying and mapping the impacts and their vulnerabilities to climate change. The information obtained will be used to shape priorities for adaptation in the community, especially the fisheries sector. Read more.

Commonwealth: The Commonwealth, through its Climate Finance Access Hub, has supported Saint Lucia in a new climate finance grant from the Climate Technology Centre and Network. The funds will be used to reduce the impact of climate change on the education system by exploring ways to build resilience into the system. Read more.

International

Climate Home: Portugal is set to end its coal-burning two years earlier than planned. The European state will be closing its last coal plants in 2021, instead of 2023. According to the country’s energy utility company EDP, the decision is “part of EDP group’s decarbonisation strategy” and was taken in a context in which energy production increasingly depends on renewable sources. Read more.

Climate Home: The Supreme Court in Ireland has ruled that the country’s government needs to strengthen its climate action plan. The top court believes the government’s existing plan falls short of what is need to meet Ireland’s climate commitments. Read more.


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