Friday, November 25, 2016

At the waters edge - Granada



Please see the recently released video featuring The Nature Conservancy’s At the Water’s Edge project, which combines unique community and natural infrastructure approaches to build resilient communities in the Caribbean island of Grenada.


At the Water’s Edge - About the video

The Nature Conservancy teamed up with local government, community members and partners to strengthen one of Grenville, Grenada’s most powerful allies against climate change – nature itself. The Caribbean fishing town has faced years of erosion caused by the degradation of a coral reef, destruction of mangrove forests and severe weather. In January 2015, the Conservancy piloted innovative hybrid reef structures, the full build-out of which will reduce wave energy, and restoremangroves along the shoreline of Grenville Bay. Watch the video to see as the underwater structures are installed by local fishermen using local materials and hear from community and project leaders. This unique approach to coastal resilience, which combines community engagement with nature-based solutions, is helping Grenville become resilient to the impacts of climate change, while  rebuilding the habitats their economy and culture rely on. You can learn more about this unique project from October’s Nature Conservancy Magazine cover story and check out the video here.


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Friday, November 18, 2016

GRID-Arendal Student Internship Programme 2017

GRID-Arendal Student Internship Programme 2017
  GRID-Arendal is currently accepting applications for our internship programme in 2017. The programme offers undergraduate and     graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience developing skills under the guidance of experts, working in a multi-cultural international organization. If you are thinking of working on global environment issues, an internship at GRID-Arendal could be an ideal start for you.     In particular students with interest areas like future forward communications technologies, social media, or scientific or topical areas such as marine spatial planning, marine litter, GIS and web mapping, Green Economy or Ecological Economics, sustainable development, climate change vulnerability and adaptation (especially in a mountain environment) or if you have a profound interest in one of GRID-Arendal’s programmes, such as Transboundary Waters, Environmental Crime, Blue Carbon, or Polar and Mountain Environments.   Participants will: Gain practical, professional experience on environmental issues Work full-time, 5 days a week Participate in meetings with colleagues and experts Draft, edit, or contribute to reports, communications, talking points, or other materials prepared by GRID-Arendal Support events, including international and/or multilateral meetings and conferences Internships are approved in the form of signed agreements between GRID-Arendal and a host institution, university, organization, sponsorships etc.   These agreements should specify: obligations of all parties (intern, GRID-Arendal, host institution or sponsor) timeframe GRID-Arendal work programme assignment and general description of work tasks practical and financial responsibilities of all parties (including travel, accommodation) mutual contact information insurances, social security conditions and responsibilities the right to mutual termination notice assessment reporting procedures and outputs during and/or after internship period. Generally, GRID-Arendal offers accommodation, a work programme, a supervisor, and the necessary office space and equipment. Travel and per diem expenses are normally paid by the partner institution/university etc. More

Monday, November 14, 2016

Post Available in Granada

GIZ in Grenada is looking from applications from suitable candidates from the Caribbean  working on climate change mitigation in the cooling sector.


The German Agency for Development Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) GmbH (www.giz.deseeks to employ a 


Technical Expert (m/f) for Cooling Systems and Climate Policy/Energy efficiency


to support the implementation activities  in Grenada and in the region for the programme “Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change” (C4).


Starting date for the successful candidate will be January  1st, 2017.

The C4 project, financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety under the International Climate Initiative ( supports the Government of Grenada in formulating mitigation strategies in the refrigeration, air conditioning and foam (RAC &F) sector and thereby advancing the Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement. The improved framework conditions will encourage the use of energy-efficient RAC&F equipment and environmentally-friendly natural refrigerants and blowing agents. These measures will, in turn, lead to realizing a more climate-friendly RAC&F development pathway.

The successful candidate will work closely, on a day-to-day basis, with the counterparts in the Ministry of Finance and Energy and the Ministry of Education, Human Research Development and the Environment for the implementation of C4 Project. He or she will also need to collaborate with a global team working on the C4 project in GIZ HQ in Germany.

He or she will be working with a focus on:

§ Support of policy and transition processes in Grenada for integrated ozone and climate protection with the following areas:

    • Assist national consultant(s) to develop and implement:
      • Inventory on RAC applications in Grenada;
      • System to survey regulated to define mitigation scenarios;
      • Training and information sharing activities in line with national concepts for regulation of F-gases.

§ Support of sector-specific NDC development with the following objectives:

    • Analysis of Grenada’s NDCs and a sector specific proposal for F-gas alternatives implemented;
    • Evaluation of costs and performance of climate friendly RAC&F technologies;
    • Collection and collation of consumption data;
    • Identification of key barriers and development and implementation of strategies to overcome these barriers.



·         University degree, ideally in a subject related to climate change mitigation, energy economics, Refrigeration Air Conditioning & Foam RAC&F).

Professional Experience and required competences

·         At least 2 years of professional working experience in public advisory services or in the private sector, with a focus on RAC&F, climate change mitigation and or/ finance, energy or similar fields;

·         experience in project management, change processes, multi-stakeholder coordination across various sectors in Grenada;

·         Economic and technical analysis, experience with public awareness-raising and capacity building activities would be an asset;

·         Excellent communication and networking skills;

·         Very good analytical and writing skills.


Languages and Applications:

Fluency in spoken and written English, 


Qualified candidates are requested to send their CV to Ms Petra Fraser (petra.fraser@giz.debefore 20/11/2016. All CVs will be dealt with in strict confidentiality.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Building Island Resilience Through Innovative Financing

Real innovation happened in Paris that highlights ways to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change right now.

  At the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, the Government of the Seychelles announced the protection of a vast swath of Indian Ocean that surrounds this island nation off the coast of East Africa. This protection of their natural infrastructure – coral reefs, mangroves and coastal ecosystems which provide a buffer between the sea and their communities – is essential for Seychelles to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change.     Seychelles’ commitment to a marine spatial plan for its entire exclusive economic zone, the first small island developing state to do so, will help the country plan where to focus their efforts most urgently.     These adaptation measures will be financed by an innovative financial deal, facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and supported by creditors in the Paris Club and South Africa, that restructures the country’s foreign debt. The deal has also brought together private investors and philanthropic foundations, creating a unique public-private-civil society collaboration. This new financial arrangement will ensure that Seychelles is able to fund these adaptation activities well into the future, through the creation of a new independent trust fund.     During a high profile event at COP 21, representatives from Seychelles, investors and supporters discussed what was required to make this happen, the conservation and adaptation benefits that were secured, and the potential for this model to be replicated elsewhere. Following Seychelles’ announcement of this historic debt deal for adaptation, several island nations from the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean regions have also expressed interest in exploring if such a mechanism could be crafted for them as well.       Watch the video above to learn more about this historic deal, and see how islands are innovating, adapting and helping one another to meet the challenges of climate change.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Belize Waste to Energy / Renewable Energy Fair

“The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in Partnership with the GIZ, The Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is hosting Belize’s First B2B Waste to Energy and Renewable Energy Fair at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, in Belize City on the 9th November, 2016.”