The Ministry of Planning and Development has announced that T&T’s Government has received approximately TT$7 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations for the development of transformational projects to respond to issues related to climate change in T&T.
The Ministry of Planning and Development will be the nationally designated authority for the funding and is the official focal point of the GCF.
A media release from the Planning Ministry stated that the Green Climate Fund was established to limit or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in developing countries, and to help vulnerable societies adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis said this funding will assist the climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts of the Government through the focus of two initiatives which primarily involve capacity building and data collection.
“The intention is to request additional funding from GCF to further meet our Nationally Determined Contributions for on the ground activities to continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and build our resilience to climate change in all vulnerable sectors.”
The specific projects for this funding are:
1. Capacity building within the Ministry of Planning in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) to strengthen the Ministry’s institutional and technical capability to undertake GCF funded projects. Other activities will include the development of a communication and action plan for stakeholders; revision of the National Climate Change Policy; and cost benefit analyses of risk and adaptation measures to ensure that national programs and funded projects effectively respond to the adaptation and mitigation needs of T&T.
2. The second initiative covered by this funding is an 18 month collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) focusing on building climate change resilience in the agricultural sector through the collection and analysis of agricultural and associated activity data that includes food import dependency; the impact of hydrological and meteorological data; assessment of greenhouse gas emissions and the reporting of gender sensitive climate impacts on agriculture and food systems.
“This arm of the project will also build the capacity of key stakeholders to use agricultural, hydrological and meteorological data to improve resilience to climate change, through the development of mobile phone applications as one tool. The use of this funding is in keeping with T&T’s National Development Strategy, VISION 2030, Theme 5: Placing the Environment at the Centre of Social and Economic Development as well as with the Government’s commitment to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals focusing on climate change and the environment,” the media release said.