Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean countries should ratify as early as possible in their Parliaments, the Paris Agreement on climate change and adaptation, and submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to mitigate climate change says African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) grouping Secretary General Dr Patrick “PI” Gomes. “For us, climate change is an existential threat. For us it is survival. It is not only a matter of mitigating, but also looking at adaptation,” he said. In an interview yesterday, Gomes who is currently in Trinidad on holiday, told Newsday that from April, countries may ratify the Paris Agreement so that it enters into force.
The European Union has announced a contribution of €125 million to finance emergency actions in countries affected by the extreme weather phenomenon ‘El Niño’ in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The current El Niño is expected to be the strongest on record, surpassing the 1997/1998 El Niño. The support, €119 million of which comes from the European Development Fund reserves, and a further €6 million from the humanitarian budget, will contribute to the joint effort of bringing life-saving emergency assistance and increasing resilience in the affected countries.
The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomes the historic outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), which accepted a global agreement on climate change on Saturday. “We are heartened that the Paris Agreement addresses the core concerns expressed by the 79 ACP countries, which have been calling for a legally binding, inclusive, fair, ambitious, durable and dynamic agreement, including a mechanism for periodic review every five years,” stated the Secretary General.
Jimmi Jones and wife Sandra Lee’s fish farm in Belize City is unique. His fish tanks supply water and nutrients for his vegetable garden needs and the plants filter the water that is recycled back to the tanks. Jones has been showing off the “JimSan Aquaponics” style of organic farming in meetings across the Caribbean to support efforts by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in promoting aquaculture as a food security option in combatting global climate change. As global warming increases sea temperatures, wild catch fishery could decline by as much as 50 per cent, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned.
A legally-binding climate agreement has been reached in France after marathon negotiations took the Paris climate summit into a day of overtime on Saturday. The agreement, which was to be adopted on Friday, represents several compromises, including on positions originally held by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). CARICOM delegations in Paris tell AMG that they are satisfied with that they have been able to enshrine in the text, not least a provision for compensation for loss and damage attributable to climate change, and a mandate to lower global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over current levels. The text was not adopted with full support, however.
At the 'Focus on Energy' side event during COP21 in Paris, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has today signed seven joint declarations to reinforce cooperation on sustainable energy and climate change. The countries concerned are Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Madagascar and Cameroon, as well as the Indian Ocean Commission. Commissioner Mimica said: "These declarations are a major milestone in the path to achieving universal access to energy through the development of renewable sources.
The French government and nine other partners on Tuesday renewed commitment to mobilise a cumulative $10 billion between 2015 and 2020 to boost access to energy in Africa. Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, Sweden, Netherlands and the European Union (EU) will jointly provide the money which will help developing countries adapt to global warming and build renewable energy sources. Germany is contributing $3.3 billion, while France, the US, Britain, Canada, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and the EU Commission would contribute the remaining $6.7 billion.
Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s ministry of environment, on Tuesday signed a €6 million project to assist CARICOM member states to mitigate climate variability and change. This project, which was negotiated between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) and the ministry for the environment, land and sea in Italy, aims to address several issues affecting CARICOM states under the rubric of climate change, inclusive of mitigation, adaptation and vulnerability.
A group of 79 developing countries from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, made a joint declaration on climate change with the European Union on Tuesday (8 December), in a sign that the EU is wielding its diplomatic clout in Paris. The EU and the group of countries known by the acronym ACP agreed that the climate deal in Paris should be “legally binding, inclusive, fair, ambitious, durable and dynamic,” that it should have a long-term goal, and include a five-year review mechanism.
Kenya is set to benefit from a Sh8.5 billion fund set aside by the European Union (EU) to prevent loss of life and destruction of property in the Horn of Africa region as a result of the ongoing El Niño rains, Footprint to Africa reports. It will be recalled that travelers got stranded after El Niño rains swept off a road at Kambi Karai in West Pokot County, northwestern Kenya on November 10, 2015. According to the EU, the fund will be shared out between Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Somali and Uganda, which have a combined 14.4 million people affected by the heavy rains so far. The EU has announced aid of up to Sh13.5 billion to finance emergency actions in countries affected by the El Niño rains in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America.