At a glance
All 16 beneficiary countries are Small Island Developing States (SIDS), hence generally recognised as highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The effects most threatening the island nations and its inhabitants are the increased hurricane frequency and intensity and the rises in sea level.
Over the past decennium, the Caribbean region has mainly focused on adaptation measures. Several programmes with a regional scope and approach have been implemented. The main ones include the Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change (CPACC) Project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Adapting to Climate Change in the Caribbean (ACCC) Project funded by the World Bank, the Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change (MACC) Project funded by the GEF, the Special Pilot Adaptation to Climate Change (SPACC) Project also funded by the GEF, and the ongoing Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.
Officially opened in 2005, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) coordinates the region's response to climate change, working on effective solutions and project development. The Centre also provides climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and functions as an archive and clearing house for regional climate change data and documentation.
The Caribbean component of the intra-ACP GCCA programme will further build on the results achieved by the earlier programmes. It has been designed to respond to identified gaps and priorities. In this sense, the Regional Policy Framework for Achieving Climate Change Resilient Development has been updated. The resulting document, called the Implementation Plan, will form the basis for the implementation of the intra-ACP GCCA programme in the Caribbean.