Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jamaican Climate Change Centre moves to secure adaptation money

Petre William-Raynor in the Jamaica Observer: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) is looking to have the Caribbean be among the first to benefit from the Adaptation Fund. In March this year, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) finally issued the call for projects and programmes, following two years of work to get the fund up and running.

Now the 5Cs is seeking to get US$10 million from the fund in order to finance a set of projects that were developed based on work done in Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, and Belize. "The centre would be the executing agency (for the project," Ulric Trotz, science adviser to the 5Cs told Environment Watch. "We got the endorsement from the five governments and developed the proposal in a short time... But it had to go through the hierarchy of the World Bank before it got to the Adaptation Fund Board so they didn't make the deadline (following the first call for projects and programmes this year)."

…Meanwhile, the project for St Vincent and the Grenadines should see the development of a reverse osmosis plant, fully powered by wind and solar energy, to get water to the people of those islands, Trotz revealed….

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