Regional Capacity Building Activities in the Caribbean

Regional Capacity Building
Activities in the Caribbean
UNFCCC Expert Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluating
Capacity- building in Developing Countries
Carlos Fuller
Deputy Director
Caribbean Planning for Adaptation
to Climate Change (CPACC)
Objective: to support Caribbean countries in preparing
to cope with the adverse effects of global climate
change particularly sea-level rise, in coastal and marine
areas, through vulnerability assessment, adaptation
planning and related capacity-building initiatives.
(a) Strengthen the regional capacity for monitoring and
analyzing climate and sea-level dynamics and trends
(d) Enhance regional and national capabilities to
prepare for the advent of global climate change through
institutional strengthening and human resource
Component I: Design and
Installation of Sea-level monitoring
Capacities of local technicians varied widely
Capacity to develop applications in CZM and
Lack of local expertise in GPS surveying
Component II: Establishment of
Databases and Information
IT technology changing rapidly
Significant PEO required using the web
Demand for more current information, news and
non-technical information
Support to maintain system
Component III: Inventory of
Coastal Resources and Uses
Successful, instructive and challenging
Challenges: revised objectives & strategies;
demands placed on national counterparts,
limited imagery & budgetary cutbacks
Flexibility necessary
Regular reviews by key knowledgeable
practitioners useful
Use of national and regional expertise
Component IV: Formulation of Policy
Framework for Integrated
Adaptation Planning and
Unique as it benefited from lessons learned in
other components, ie. Component 6 (Impact &
Vulnerability Assessments)
Redesigned for a more customized approach
Addressed climate variability rather than climate
change to encourage buy-in by policymakers
Component V: Coral Reef
Monitoring for Climate Change
Government commitment required
Not enough technical personnel
PEO required
Technical workshops and review exercises are
Continuous coordination and technical support
important for sustainability
Acquisition of supporting data essential
Critical importance of continuous dialogue among
participating countries
Component VI: Coastal
Vulnerability Assessment
Great need identified in capacity to conduct
vulnerability and risk assessments and develop
climate change scenarios,
Lack of data
Component VII: Economic Valuation
of Coastal and Marine Resources
Limited resources and time
Commitment of country teams
Lack of opportunity to conduct more workshops and training
Lack of opportunity to share outputs with other countries
Enhanced capacity in economic valuation and building
of a regional team with experience and knowledge
Development of methodology and capacity to implement
More resources to support regional team building
Component VIII: Formulation of
Economic and Regulatory
Time and resources too little
Consensus approach to market-based instruments is
critical, politically feasible, requires a PEO strategy,
based on economic analysis and health, should
include regional compacts, and integrate
environmental planning and management
Component 9: GHG Inventory and Vulnerability
Assessment of the Agriculture and Water
Sectors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Work conducted by domestic consultants,
government officials and private entities
More capacity building required
Adapting to Climate Change in
the Caribbean (ACCC)
Public Education and Outreach (PEO)
Strengthen regional technical capacity