Climate change and climate variability has led to increased intensity of extreme meteorological events in the region in the form of hurricanes, floods, and droughts, and these events have had profound negative impacts on national economies, which threaten the survival of the most vulnerable populations and communities. Climate change and climate variability are also compromising the ecological services provided by some of these fragile ecosystems, such as corals reefs and wetlands, that are vital for sustaining lives, livelihoods and improved human development. The Small Island Developing and Low-lying Coastal States (SIDS) in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC), have considerable concerns about the severe threats posed by a changing climate to their development prospects. They have concluded that both mitigation and adaptation approaches will require a significant and sustained investment of resources, which they are unable to fully fund.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) to address some of the challenges through the provision of up to US$25.6 million investment over the next four years. The goal of the Program is to reduce risks to human and natural assets resulting from climate change vulnerability. The activity aims to strengthen an integrated system for the implementation and financing of sustainable adaptation approaches in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean region.
There are three technical components of the CCAP, namely:
- Component 1: Promotes the use of climate data and information for use in decision-making
- Component 2: Supports innovative adaption approaches which demonstrates proof of concept necessary to secure additional financing
- Component 3: Fosters climate financing to support scale up and replication of sustainable adaptation initiatives
The CCAP is funded by USAID through its Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) office in Barbados, as part of a larger goal of creating a more secure and prosperous Caribbean Community through sustainable climate change adaptation measures.
The CCAP will be implemented by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in the ten (10) countries included in USAID/ESC’s coverage area: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The period of implementation is July 12, 2016 to September 30, 2020.