IMPACT launched in Caribbean

IMPACT launched in Caribbean

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is wrapping up a regional climate change workshop at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston today, which marks the launch of a four-year project in the Caribbean that will support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) around the world.

It’s called IMPACT, and is being implemented by Climate Analytics gGmbh, with support from Climate Analytics Lome (Togo), Charles and Associates (Grenada), the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme, the Potsdam Institute for Climate, and the CCCCC. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany is providing funding.

The project description says unmitigated, climate change poses an existential threat to many SIDS and LDCs and would undermine sustainable development prospects in many of them.

"These climate-­vulnerable countries often lack capacity to develop and implement science-­based strategies for climate adaptation and mitigation, access climate finance and fully represent their interests at the international level," it says.

IMPACT is therefore expected to strengthen the connections between the scientific assessments of climate impacts, vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation to help access the financial and technical resources required to implement concrete projects.

It is also expected to enhance the capacity of Caricom member states and other SIDS and LDCs to engage effectively in and contribute substantially to the international climate change negotiations under the United Nations, and in particular to the elaboration of the mechanisms and processes established under the Paris Agreement.

"Following the adoption and ratification of the Paris Agreement — in which SIDS and LDCs played a pivotal negotiation role to ensure that the interests of the Caribbean were secured in the Agreement — major focus will be on the development and implementation of low-­carbon development strategies and adaptation plans and programmes at national and regional level. This will require science-­based tools and strategies for SIDS and LDCs to effectively develop these strategies and plans and to help facilitate access climate finance to support their development and implementation,".

Participants in the regional inception workshop, which commenced on Monday, include representatives of the climate change offices of the Caricom member states, the Climate Studies Group of the University of the West Indies, Mona; the University of the Bahamas; Charles and Associates of Grenada, the CCCCC and Climate Analytics.

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