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“The CARIBSAVE Partnership: Protecting and enhancing the livelihoods, environments and economies of the Caribbean Basin.”
The Caribbean, like the world as a whole, requires a collaborative and partnership approach to comprehensively address the issues of global warming.
The CARIBSAVE Partnership (CARIBSAVE) is a Not-For-Profit regional organization based in the Caribbean with its Headquarters in Barbados. CARIBSAVE was formed in 2008 as a partnership initiative between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the University of Oxford. CARIBSAVE works with stakeholders to address the impacts and challenges surrounding climate change, the environment, economic development, tourism and community livelihoods across the Caribbean Basin, using an integrated and holistic approach.
CARIBSAVE believes in the power of working together. The organisation prides itself on establishing and growing collaborative and productive relationships with regional and international organisations, national governments, communities and the private sector. These combined efforts and initiatives to enhance and protect the environments, livelihoods and economies of the Caribbean and to share information and resources bring about a critical mass which is fundamental to addressing the challenges of climate change on a sectoral basis.
There are seven principal objectives:
- To successfully model and predict the changes in climate as they affect key socio-economic sectors in the Caribbean on a regional, national and local scale.
- To assess the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of key socio-economic sectors in the Caribbean to climate change.
- To thoroughly assess and evaluate the impacts of climate change on livelihoods in vulnerable economies, small island states and less developed countries in the Caribbean on a sectoral basis including:
- Water Quality and Availability;
- Energy Supply and Distribution (Regional, National, Local);
- Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity, and Landscape Aesthetics;
- Sustainable Tourism (at all scales);
- Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security;
- Human Health;
- Infrastructure and Settlements (inc. integrated coastal zone management);
- Natural Hazard and Disaster Risk Management (NHDRM);
- Sea Level Rise and Coastal Erosion (inc. costing losses and damages);
- Gender and Development
- To address international, national, regional and local policy by conducting socio-economic analyses of the costs and risks of climate change and evaluating losses and damages in the Caribbean.
- To provide and implement effective and practical adaptation and mitigation strategies for key socio-economic sectors in the Caribbean to enable the development of regional, local and national policy and enhanced resilience based around the sectors identified in Objective 3.
- To build capacity (technical, human, physical, financial and institutional) and support the transition of the Caribbean to a green economy through climate compatible development.
- To design, support and implement sectoral based capacity building activities for government, community and private sector stakeholders including outreach, education and communication.
Recent and ongoing projects include:
- The CARIBSAVE Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA)
- Sea Level Rise Modelling
- The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative (C-FISH)
- Climate Change, Coastal Community Enterprises: Adaptation, Resilience and Knowledge (CCCCE-ARK)
- Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA)
- Caribbean Climate and Development Research
- Global Islands’ Vulnerability Research, Adaptation, Policy and Development Project (GIVRAPD)
- Greening Tobago
- China and South-South Scoping Assessment for Learning and Development (CASSALD)
- Barbados’ Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (SNC)