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    GEF Funds Climate Change Adaptation in Small Caribbean States

    By Keith R | November 2, 2006

    Topics: Climate Change, Environmental Protection, Marine/Coastal Issues | No Comments »

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    From the World Bank:

    World Bank and GEF Sign US$2.1 Million Grant to Protect Coastal Areas in the Caribbean

    The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) signed a US$2.1 million grant agreement to support a pilot adaptation program in three Caribbean Small Island States (Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines), which seeks to reduce the impacts of climate change, including on biodiversity and land degradation along coastal areas.

    The new pilot project intends to show how adaptation planning and assessment can be practically translated into national policy, sustainable development planning, and poverty reduction.

    “Adaptation to climate change is a critical economic, social and development issue in Caribbean countries,” said Caroline Anstey, World Bank Director for the Caribbean. “By enhancing climate change management, we will be able to better mitigate the adverse effects that small islands are particularly susceptible to, and, at the same time, make existing development investments more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events,” she added.

    The new grant complements the goals of the Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean (MACC) Project, which is also based in Belize, and applies the lessons and information gathered through the Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change (CPACC) project by supporting targeted adaptation measures, which seek to reduce the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and land degradation.

    Specifically, the project seeks to:

    The project activities will benefit from various partnerships undertaken to improve the access to climate change data and to facilitate the identification of adequate adaptation measures.

    The GEF grant recipient will be the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), a legal entity of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CCCCC will manage the grant resources as implementing agency, assisted by a national coordinator of each participating country.

    The CCCCC, the establishment of which was a key achievement of the previous World Bank projects on Climate Change in the Caribbean, is in the process of becoming a “regional center of excellence” in capacity building, technical assistance, and coordination, as well as a support mechanism to the CARICOM countries in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

    The project costs will be financed by this GEF grant of US$ 2.1 million, with co-financing from: (i) the three participating countries in the amount of US$1.5 million; and (ii) other donors (US$ 1.9 million), for a total of US$ 5.5 million. The project was approved by the World Bank’s Executive Board on September 8, 2006.

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