Thanks to the “State of the Caribbean Climate (SOCC) Report: Information for Resilience Building” project implemented by the Climate Studies Group Mona of the University of the West Indies (CSGM/UWI), Caribbean stakeholders and other interested groups now have access to a one-stop reference document for climate variability and change in the region to support evidence-based planning, decision-making, and design and implementation of adequate climate change adaptation measures. By providing reliable and updated climate data, information, analysis and references, the SOCC Report should become the premise for actionable recommendations that will support climate proofing at national and regional levels. The Report will help accelerate resilience-building efforts in the Caribbean, specifically within the 19 Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
A Report well-received in the Region
Throughout the implementation of the project, stakeholder feedback on the SOCC Report has been very positive, confirming that the Report is a valuable resource for the region. It is vital to periodically update the SOCC Report to ensure its continued relevance.
Interactive Climate Smart Workshops
Two Interactive Climate Smart Workshops were delivered on the SOCC Report to equip BMCs stakeholders from climate sensitive sectors such as energy, finance, economic development, health and tourism to (a) effectively use the SOCC Report, and other resources, to assess the impacts of climate change on their sectors, and (b) integrate climate information into planning processes. The workshops also aimed to facilitate capacity building, knowledge sharing and increased networking, and collaboration opportunities for attendees. As part of the workshops, a public lecture, “Climate Matters” was delivered. The workshops were conducted from December 12-13, 2019, in Georgetown, Guyana and from February 27-28, 2020, in Nassau, The Bahamas. The interactive Climate Smart Workshops continue to be one of the good practices and successes of the SOCC Project. Attendees rated the workshop content and presenters as excellent and useful for their individual countries, sectors and work programmes.
Year: 2017 – 2021
Total cost of the project: € 568 339
Implementing Agency: Climate Studies Group Mona of the University of the West Indies (CSGM/UWI)
Benefiting Zone: 19 Borrowing Member Countries of the CDB
Cooperation and technical assistance:
Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.