The Structure and Performance of National Implementation Coordinating Units

Since April 1997, the General Secretariat of the Organisation of American States (GS/OAS) as the executing agency, and the World Bank as one of the Implementing Agencies of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, have been engaged in the implementation of a four year project entitled “Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change” (“CPACC”). Funded by the GEF Trust Fund, the project seeks to support twelve CARICOM countries (“Participating Countries”) in preparing to cope with the adverse effects of global climate change particularly sea level rise, in coastal and marine areas. Working through a Regional Project Implementation Unit (“RPIU”) based in Barbados, as well as National Implementation Coordinating Units (“NICUS”) based in each participating country, the project utilises a combination of demonstration actions and regional training and technology transfers to achieve its objectives. Project activities are grouped within four regional and five pilot action components as follows: Regional Components (1) design and establishment of sea level/climate monitoring network; (2) establishment of databases and information systems; (3) inventory of coastal resources and use; and (4) formulation of a policy framework for integrated coastal and marine management. Pilot Components (5) coral reef monitoring for climate change; (6) coastal vulnerability and risk assessment; (7) economic valuation of coastal and marine resources; (8) formulation of economic/regulatory proposals; and (9) greenhouse gases inventory and vulnerability assessment of the agriculture and water sectors. Terms of Reference The Consultant was required to review and make recommendations on the functioning of NICUs with particular reference to their effectiveness in the following areas: • coordinating in-country activities; • preparing quarterly...