The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and on the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change in the Caribbean.
It is repository and clearing house for regional climate change information and data and provides climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. It has also been recognised by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as a Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. This reputation is a major honour for the Centre, and it should be a great source of pride for the people of the Caribbean as well.
Guided by the CARICOM Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change and its Implementation Plan, the Centre and the region are planning for climate compatible development in the Caribbean.
The CCCCC supports the people of the Caribbean as they address the impact of climate variability and change on all aspects of economic development through the provision of timely forecasts and analyses of potentially hazardous impacts of both natural and man-induced climatic changes on the environment, and the development of special programmes which create opportunities for sustainable development.
Objectives of the CCCCC
The primary objectives of the Centre include among other things:
- · The promotion of the protection of the earth’s ecosystems from the impacts of a Warming Climate and Sea Level Rise with special emphasis on the Caribbean,
- · Improving the Regional Climate monitoring and modelling capacity, and
- · Providing comprehensive policy and technical guidance through the application of the principles and actions enshrined in the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change and its Implementation Plan.
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