Multimillion-dollar regional climate change initiative to be launched in Barbados

Friday, January 22, 2016

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A new partnership to help disaster-prone Caribbean countries mitigate the effects and adapt to climate change will be launched here on January 28.


The Caribbean Community (Caricom), Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch the US$15-million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) that will bring together policymakers, experts and representatives of affected communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technology incubation and diffusion.


A UNDP statement said that the launch is in "tandem with the recent agreement by world leaders at the Paris Climate Conference to keep global warming below 20 degrees celsius, and further to pursue below 1.5o degrees celsius in order to avoid negative impacts to the Caribbean".


It said that the new initiative aims to ensure that barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies are addressed and overcome in a participatory and efficient manner.


Thursday’s launch will be addressed by Rebeca Arias, director, UNDP Panama Regional Hub, Masatoshi Sato, minister-counsellor and deputy head of mission at the Trinidad-based Embassy of Japan, and Stephen O’Malley, resident representative, UNDP Subregional Office for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.


The new Japan-Caribbean-UNDP Partnership will boost national policies and plans to cope with climate change-related adversity, also aiming to reduce dependency on fossil fuel imports, setting the region on a low emission path and improving access to sustainable energy.

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