GCCA regional workshop in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Over 40 people, representing 19 countries and territories, 4 regional or international organisations and 3 EU Delegations, attended the GCCA regional workshop on ‘mainstreaming climate change in national development planning and budgeting’ organised for Caribbean countries and territories in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 23 to 26 April 2012. Participants included senior government officials involved in climate change coordination and in development planning/budgeting from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Delegates of the ACP Secretariat, the Association of Caribbean States, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) also attended the event, alongside representatives of EU Delegations to Barbados, Haiti and Jamaica.

Ambassador Paola Amadei, Head of Delegation at the Jamaica EUD, opened the workshop together with Hon. Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change of Jamaica.

In addition to core workshop sessions, two side-event sessions were organised in the evening of, respectively, the first and second day of the workshop. The first one was organised to provide an overview and obtain feedback on the identification process for proposed GCCA support to the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS). The second one was held with participants from countries with GCCA-supported programmes / projects. Presentations were made on country actions (Guyana, Jamaica and Belize) as well as the regional programme managed by the CCCCC, for the purpose of exchanging and sharing knowledge and experience among those implementing GCCA interventions in the regions. 

From the outset the collaborative atmosphere and active engagement of participants was evident, and this was maintained throughout the workshop. The morning of the last day was devoted to six regional presentations that were greatly appreciated by participants, as demonstrated by lively Q&A sessions. These presentations, dedicated to the impacts of climate change on national populations and economies, to national and regional initiatives to address them, and to the mainstreaming of forest-based mitigation actions in national development planning, helped to place the theory in a practical setting, with perspectives from a wide range of different countries and contexts. 

This workshop successfully concluded the series of regional workshops on mainstreaming climate change organised over 2011-2012.  For more information, click here.