Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times. It knows no borders, no administrative or natural barriers. It affects vulnerable populations the most, and disproportionately impacts Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS) which are among the smallest contributors to CO2 emissions.
As the Cop26 in Glasgow approaches, Unite Caribbean is mobilised across the board.
A dedicated support to Haiti for CoP26
During the lead up to the Conference of the Parties, Unite Caribbean provided targeted consulting services to Haitian delegates. The team worked on preparing and drafting the Haiti Adaptation Communication, one of the key documents required within the framework of the Paris Agreement. Dr Kénel Delusca, Unite Caribbean’s Director for Environment and Climate Change, also acted to strengthen the Haitian delegates’ capacity and will support the negotiators in Glasgow CoP26.
During the months prior, the team also worked with UNDP to develop a training plan for the Ministry of Environment and responsible agencies’ staff in the area of climate adaptation. In the longer term, Unite Caribbean was additionally missioned to support institutional capacity building in Haiti to enhance the country’s readiness to access funding from the Green Climate Fund.
Raising awareness with civil society organisations
Unite Caribbean also works alongside civil society organisations regionally to strengthen climate resilience. Through its PAIRCC project and now Karayib Klima, the team has supported the creation of civil society networks and the implementation of climate resilience projects. 13 projects are currently ongoing in Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Martin, addressing the challenges of water availability, food security, private sector resilience or climate change awareness and education.
During CoP26, Unite Caribbean has planned a virtual meeting to discuss the issues at stake. A whole day webinar will bring Caribbean CSOs together to exchange about the impacts of climate change in the region, and to brainstorm recommendations for adaptation. The virtual meeting will take place on November 4th and will be followed by two face-to-face workshops on November 5th, happening simultaneously in Martinique and Haiti.
Our pledge to Net Zero
As a consulting firm, Unite Caribbean is conscious about its own carbon footprint. The team is committed to limit its emission as much as possible to reach Net Zero in the coming years. A CO2 emission calculator is currently developed to monitor the progress made, and evaluate carbon compensation when reduction is limited.