Photo credit:UNDP Barbados and the OECS
Beginning June 16, the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) and the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in conjunction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centre (UNFCCC RCC) conducted two-day training sessions designed to support the development of climate mitigation actions, including Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the Caribbean.
Attendees benefiting from capacity development via this training seminar include stakeholders from public and private sector departments and organizations, the Ministry of Finance and/or Economic Planning, NGOs, IGOs, academia and financial institutions, including banks. Approximately two hundred persons attended the training sessions in Grenada, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Saint. Vincent and the Grenadines. Training will also take place later this year in Guyana and Belize.
Selwyn Patterson, Facilitator/Teacher at the Richmond Vale Academy who participated in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines seminar, noted the importance of the seminar in helping Vincentians reduce emissions. He also expressed the need to learn more about what the Paris agreement means for the country in order to share this information with the wider community.
The J-CCCP project, funded by the Government of Japan, launched earlier this year to support eight Caribbean countries in advancing the process of inclusive low-emission climate-resilient development by improving energy security and integrating medium to long-term planning for adaptation to climate change within, or aligned with, improved development planning and budgeting processes.
The project will assist with the preparation of sector specific NAMAs such as energy or transport sectors, as identified by government counterparts. This training, therefore, is the first step in assisting countries with translating Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into action, taking stock of existing initiatives and refining interventions. The final day of the training seminar saw beneficiaries participating in clinics which focused on financial mechanisms, institutional set-up and sustainability.
The programme of work under the J-CCCP is in line with the recently-signed Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.