Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track

Dr. Georgiana Gordon-Strachan, Director of the Mona Office for Research and Innovation (MORI), University of the West Indies (UWI) which coordinates the Regional Track of the PPCR Caribbean, in discussion with Mr. Jayaka Campbell of the Climate Studies Group at UWI Mona (left) and Mr. Peter Chan from Dell Latin America and the Caribbean (right) at the 2016 launch of a High Performance Computing and Storage system for Climate Modelling which was acquired under the Regional Track’s programme component 3 which is co-implemented by the Climate Studies Group. The component is working to improve availability of downscaled future climate projections for the region to support adaptation planning and decision making in key sectors, as well as sectoral modelling and projections.

The Caribbean Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is a climate change adaptation initiative of the global PPCR supported by the Climate Investment Funds. The Caribbean PPCR has two complementary tracks. The first track consists of country based investments in six vulnerable countries[1] and the second is a regional track involving regional organizations working in the Caribbean in key sectors.

The objectives of the Caribbean Regional Track are:

  1. To improve regional processes to acquire, store, analyse access and disseminate climate relevant data
  2. To pilot and scale up innovative climate resilient initiatives in the region

The Regional Track of the PPCR in the Caribbean is coordinated by a Programme Management Unit at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Office for Research and Innovation (UWI MORI) in Jamaica.

The programme is supported by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) which has provided USD10.39 million in grant funding, through the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), for the regional track.

Activities under the program commenced in 2015 and will continue until 2020. Components of the project are being co-implemented by five regional institutions:

  • the Climate Change Studies Group at UWI, Mona
  • the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology
  • the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Secretariat
  • the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute
  • the Caribbean Public Health Agency

Data generated and information products developed under the regional track will be used at both national and regional levels to support planning and decision making.

The programme has four components.

[1] Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines