Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS)

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre ([CCCCC]) and NOAA/AOML have reached an agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding for a Phase 2 extension of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) to at least five new countries in the Eastern Caribbean. Under this agreement, AOML (partially funded by the Coral Reef Conservation Program), will provide consultation and information systems support, to […]

via Phase 2 of the Coral Reef Early Warning System — caribbeanclimate

Multimillion-dollar regional climate change initiative to be launched in Barbados


This image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on December 17, 2015 shows warmer- or cooler-than-normal temperatures around the world for January through November 2015. If governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future. The first is politically impossible — the world is still hooked on using oil, coal and natural gas — which leaves the option of a major clean-up of the atmosphere later this century.

A new partnership to help disaster-prone Caribbean countries mitigate the effects and adapt to climate change will be launched in Barbados on January 28.

The Caribbean Community (Caricom), Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch the US$15-million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) that will bring together policymakers, experts and…

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Tsunami Warning! Caribbean

I was able to get my hands on a very lovely little booklet highlighting tsunamis and the Caribbean, in order to inform young persons about tsunamis, the resulting dangers and what should be done to save lives and property. The original book was created by Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis, Ms. Patricia Wilson and Mr. Richard Silcox, with the original illustrations being created by Joe Hunt.

The booklet was adapted for the Caribbean through the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning Systems Project, under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with co-funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the story was adapted for the Caribbean by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre. The Caribbean-themed illustrations by Ms, Isiaa Madden-Brownie.

I must say I was very pleased with my find, since many of the books, that can be sourced on the internet for free (a great way to acquire books as a result of budget cuts) are not based on a Caribbean perspective. However, I must say that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) do a great job at providing relevant information through their website.

This book is colorful, easy to read and just a joy to behold. So next time you want an easy read to help you dispense information on tsunamis with a Caribbean perspective, just send me an email or check me by my desk.

Tsunami Warning!  Caribbean
Tsunami Warning! Caribbean

You can check out the websites for ODPM and CDEMA by clicking on the relevant links below:

Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency


At the second day of the Integrated Water Resources Research Symposium, I was able to visit the booths set up by ODPM and Global Water Partnership Caribbean (GWP-C).

After a very interesting video on rainwater harvesting by GWP-C, I was very interested in visiting the booth to view what they had to offer. Imagine my glee when I saw they were distributing a unique flashdrive, similar to the one given at the symposium by the organizers, with loads of information.

GWP- C Flash drive
GWP- C Flash drive

Thus, since that information is now available to me, members of staff would now be able to access the information to satisfy their information requests.

To gather an idea of the documents now available persons may peruse the list provided below:

  1. Climate Change and the Caribbean: A Regional Framework for Achieving Development
    Resilient to Climate Change (2009-2015) – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) – July 2009
  2. Delivering Transformational Change 2011-21 – Implementing the CARICOM ‘Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’ – March 2012 – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
  3. Regional Framework Executive Summary – ‘Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’ – March 2012 – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
  4. Sustainability of Integrated Water Resources Management Initiatives in the Caribbean – 2015 -GWP-C
  5. Technical Focus Paper -Integrated water resources management in the Caribbean:The challenges facing Small Island Developing States – 2014 – GWP-C (available in print as well)
  6. Commercial Scale RWH Case Studies from the Barbados Experience – by Andrew P. Hutchinson – October, 2014
  7. Water safety and Rainwater Harvesting – Dr. Christopher Cox- October, 2014
  8. An Overview of Rainwater Harvesting Initiatives in Agriculture – L.M Fletcher-Paul – FAO
  9. GWP-C Rainwater Harvesting initiatives and the GWP-C Water Climate and Development Programme(WACDEP) – Natalie Boodram
  10. The U.S. Virgin Islands Water Harvesting Experience – Henry H. Smith
  11. Rainwater Harvesting in the Mediterranean Islands: cases and lessons learned – Konstantina Toli
  12. Rainwater harversting projects in Central America – Marta Cecilia Estrada and Rhona Díaz
  13. Rainwater Harvesting in the Amazon – (GPAC Amazon)
  14. Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change:A Sourcebook for the Caribbean Water Sector – GWP-C- 2014
  15. Water Security and Climate Resilient Development – Technical Background Document AMCOW – 2012
  16. South-South Learning Event on Water Security and Climate Resilient Development Collaboration between Global Water Partnership Africa and Caribbean Regions – GWP-C and GWP – Africa