The project’s overall objective is to support Caribbean countries in preparing to cope with the adverse effects of global climate change (GCC), particularly sea-level rise, in coastal and marine areas through vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning, and capacity building linked to adaptation planning. More specific objectives are listed below.
Specific Project Objectives
(i) strengthen the regional capability for monitoring and analyzing climate and sea level dynamics and trends, seeking to determine the immediate and potential impacts of GCC;
(ii) identify areas particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and sea level rise;
(iii) develop an integrated management and planning framework for cost-effective response and adaptation to the impacts of GCC on coastal and marine areas;
(iv) enhance regional and national capabilities for preparing for the advent of GCC through institutional strengthening and human resource development; and
(v) identify and assess policy options and instruments that may help initiate the implementation of a long-term program of adaptation to GCC in vulnerable coastal areas.
The project follows a regional approach; being executed through the cooperative effort of all twelve participating countries and through a combination of national pilot/demonstration actions and regional training and technology transfer linked to adaptation planning. This approach strengthens regional cooperation and institutions, and provides cost-effective means for adaptation planning, data collection, and sharing of information, skills and project benefits. The project builds on existing institutions and experiences, and liaises with other important regional initiatives and programs underway in the Caribbean. It consists essentially of enabling activities, complemented by selective capacity-building activities, aimed at creating or strengthening endogenous conditions and capabilities necessary to prepare a long-term program for adaptation to GCC. Project execution will take four years involving two components: adaptation planning and capacity building.
(I) Adaptation Planning: short-term planning for adaptation to GCC in vulnerable areas. It focusses on regional sea/climate data collection and management, impact and vulnerability studies, and assessment of policy options. Throughout this component, the project will execute a comprehensive program of human resource development for upgrading skills of technicians and officials from participating countries in areas relevant to GCC and adaptation planning. Sub-components are described in Table 1.
(II) Capacity Building: the focus is on strengthening the capacity of the participating countries to carry out GCC adaptation planning. All participating countries will be assessed in building their national capacity to implement project activities and to ensure their continuation after completion. Activities under this sub-component include:
i) establishment of a Regional Project Implementation Unit (RPIU) responsible for project coordination at the regional level and for providing basic technical support and supervision in the key technical areas of the project; (completed)
ii) establishment of National Implementation Coordinating Units (NICUs) within an existing institution in each participating country to coordinate project activities at the country level; (completed)
iii) strengthening of national and regional institutions directly involved in implementing various components of the project;
iv) upgrading the skills of professionals and technicians from participating countries through short courses, workshops, and hands-on training; and;
v) technology transfer among the participating countries for adaptation planning