Office of Climate Change, UNDP and Japan Kick Start Caribbean Climate Change Partnership in BarticaJul 13, 2017
The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) was launched by the Office of Climate Change of the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bartica, Region Seven.
The J-CCCP is supported by the Government of Japan with a contribution of US$15 million through UNDP to eight Caribbean countries including Guyana for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The launch, which took place in Bartica, also doubled as initiation of a key element of the J-CCCP – pilot projects. The Bartica pilot project, titled “Piloting solar-photovoltaic systems and energy efficient streetlights in Bartica, Region Seven” aims to increase Guyana’s share of renewable energy in its electricity generation matrix by focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Specifically, the project will support the installation of LED street lighting and a photovoltaic (PV) system with battery backup and energy efficiency measures at the Three Miles Secondary School. This pilot project will complement the ongoing supports to develop Guyana’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on greening cities/towns under the same J-CCCP project.
Recognizing the project’s alignment with Guyana’s climate change framework, Janelle Christian, Head – Office of Climate Change, remarked that, “The J-CCCP Project is set within the framework of the Green State Development Strategy and the President’s vision for Guyana to become a Green State and specifically, the pilot initiative that will be implemented in Bartica is a direct response to his pronouncement on Bartica becoming the first model Green Town”. UNDP Resident Representative, Mikiko Tanaka held similar sentiments noting, “The achievements from this project will ultimately support Guyana’s pursuit towards a Green State. We thank the Government of Japan for the partnership and support to the Caribbean and Guyana.”
J-CCCP is also supporting the development of Guyana’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) as well the development of a communication campaign which follows a climate change knowledge, attitudes and practices survey conducted in 2016.
As climate change is recognised as one of the most serious challenges compounding vulnerabilities inherent to the Caribbean, J-CCCP’s aim to ensure that barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies are addressed and overcome in a participatory and efficient manner is especially important.
The project brings together policy makers, experts and representatives of affected communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technology incubation and diffusion. By doing so, the initiative aims to ensure policy instruments provide tailored frameworks to expand access to clean energy and to prioritise adaptation measures.
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