Georgetown, Guyana – (March 31, 2017) The Office of Climate Change (OCC) of the Ministry of the Presidency in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Centre on Climate Change (CCCCC or Five Cs), today, concluded a five day Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL) training, which is geared towards assisting policy and decision makers to draft and design projects, particularly in the area of infrastructural development, which adequately integrate climate change, climate risk and climate vulnerability considerations.
The Office of Climate Change is working with children at the nursery school level to teach them about the environment and climate change.
Today, the agency used puppets to help first level students of Liana Nursery School, East Ruimveldt, understand the importance of the climate and why we all need to care for the environment.
Guyana is among 10 countries that will be benefitting from a climate change adaptation programme that will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The agency, in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is financing the programme that seeks to tackle climate change challenges in Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries.
Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that in January, consultation meetings were hosted to discuss the way forward for Guyana with agencies from the agricultural sector, development partners, Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
THE Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the United States Agency for International Development for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID)/ESC launched the Climate Change Adaptation Programme (CCAP) last week at the CCCCC’s headquarters in Belmopan, Belize.
The CCAP, which will be implemented by the CCCCC, commits US$25.6 million over four years to boost climate-resilient development and reduce climate change-induced risks to human and natural assets in 10 countries.
UNDER the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the two responses to climate change identified are mitigation of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and enhancing sinks and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
Guyana today signed a readiness grant agreement with the Green Climate Fund on the sidelines of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP). The funding will provide USD 300,000 to Guyana to help the country build capacity to access GCF funding for its priority projects in the future.
The grant agreement was signed at the GCF stand at the Paris climate conference. H.E. Raphael Trotman, Minister of Governance of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, signed on behalf of Guyana in the presence of H.E. Winston Jordan, the Guyanese Minister of Finance. Ousseynou Nakoulima, Director of Country Programming, signed on behalf of the Fund.
President Ramotar took the lead on climate change at the Heads Meeting in St. Vincent following which CARICOM Leaders agreed to establish a CARICOM Climate Change Task Force to provide guidance to Caribbean climate change negotiators, their Ministers and the region’s political leaders. The Caribbean Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) along with the CARICOM Secretariat has been tasked with setting up the Task Force and facilitating its work. Heads also reaffirmed the mandate to the CCCCC to develop in partnership with member states, a portfolio of bankable projects eligible for climate financing and to present to the donor community for support.
Guyana is on a regional High-Level Advisory Committee (HLAC) assessing the economics of climate change for Latin America along the lines of the watershed Stern Review the British Government commissioned in 2006. The project 'Review of the Economics of Climate Change (RECC)’ is being undertaken by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), with funding from the British Department For International Development (DFID).Guyana country representative on the HLAC is Mr. Shyam Nokta, Head of the Office of Climate Change in the Office of the President and Chairman of the National Climate Change Committee.