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Saturday, 22 September 2018

“The core of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is to improve the lives of people.” These were the words of Renwick Rose, chair of the CARIFORUM delegation at the inaugural meeting of the EU CARIFORUM Consultative Committee. This Consultative Committee, which is made up of civil society organisations, is tasked with fostering dialogue between the two regions and monitoring implementation of the EU-Cariforum EPA in a way that not only improves trade but also has a positive impact on the Caribbean region socially, economically and environmentally. The CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee held its first meeting on 13 and 14 November 2014. These two days of discussions culminated in the adoption of a declaration that was presented to the EPA Trade and Development Committee.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Disaster management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The funds are expected to support the strengthening of National Disaster Offices and CDEMA in the implementation of the 2014-2024 Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy, the agency said in a release Friday.

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Caribbean needs to embrace a transition to 100 per cent adoption of renewable energy as if its very life depends on it. This was the general view from a panel discussion on alternative energy which formed part of the programme on Wednesday of Caribbean Exporters’ Colloquium 2014, organised by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and funded by the European Union via the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). Alexis George, project officer with the Government of Dominica’s Geothermal Project Management Unit and president of Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. in Barbados, Jim Reid, contended it was achievable to have an economy based on 100 per cent adoption of alternative energy.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

John Francis was just 17 when he began fishing more than four decades ago. But these days, the 60-year-old fisherman from Praslin, on the east coast of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, finds it hard to make a living. "There used to be money in fishing. In the 70s, 80s and 90s I used to catch 500-600 pounds (230-270 kg) of fish a day," he said. Now, "things have changed. These days I am lucky if I catch 500 pounds of fish in two weeks." Just as worrying, "the sea is different. I cannot explain it, but it looks like there are less and less fish, warmer temperatures and really bad storms," he said.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A recently published JRC study identified the following geographic regions as prone to desertification: north-eastern Brazil, south-western Argentina, the southern Sahel, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Sub-Himalayan India, and north-eastern China. These areas were identified by analysing spatial changes in climate indicators over the last 60 years.The analysis highlighted significant shifts in climate zones at global and continental scales between the periods 1951-1980 and 1981-2010. Over the past decades, a continuous rise in global air temperatures has resulted in changes in the global hydrological cycle, classifying climate zones as hotter and more arid.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

The European Union (EU) and FAO in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have launched a €41 million, 4.5-year programme to bolster sustainable land management and restore drylands and degraded lands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The programme, named Action Against Desertification, is crucial in fighting hunger and poverty, fostering stability and building resilience to climate change in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas, the programme sponsors say.

The Tuvalu government says US$600,000 of funding from the European Union for climate resilent crop initiatives is important to the country's survival.The Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga was at the recent opening of a four day agriculture workshop attended by farmers from all nine islands of Tuvalu. He says the effects of climate change have already begun to make themselves felt withTuvalu one of the worst affected countries, and the nation has to adapt to survive.The training covered improved planting systems, composting methods and seedling propagation, teaching farmers how to grow more resilient crops and secure food sources.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The APS has learnt that from 8¬–10 October the CILSS and ECOWAS held a capacity-building workshop at the International Conference Centre of Bamako (Mali) for the negotiators of their member countries “in order to help them develop a common negotiating position” at the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, (CP 20). According to the press release transmitted to the APS, the aim of the workshop was to “review the global climate negotiations from Bali to Lima, interpret the technical and economic issues in the negotiations and understand the relationship of geopolitical forces’’.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

PANA learnt on Wednesday from official sources that Cape Verde and the European Union (EU) have signed, in New York, a joint declaration with the aim of strengthening cooperation in the domain of renewable energy in order to increase access to these sustainable energy sources. According to an EU press release, this agreement was signed with Cape Verde and another group of countries during the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Summit on Climate Change, attended by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Thursday, 09 October 2014

Unilever, Ikea, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Electric are among the 57 global companies, funds and associations that have signed a letter to support a “robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long-term climate objectives and that can deliver a global climate change agreement at the 2015 Paris CoP.”Energy and environment ministers from EU member states met earlier this week to discuss a compromise climate deal in advance of the Oct. 23-24 summit, where leaders will decide on 2030 policies.