|Overview : |
Caribbean countries share similar economic and sustainable development challenges, including a small population, remoteness, susceptibility to natural disasters, and most importantly, vulnerability to climate change. Given the current condition of the marine environment, most coastal areas have few defences against the raging surfs of hurricanes and tropical storms, and the likely consequences would be significant coastal damage including beach erosion and infrastructure damage. Negative impacts associated to climate change on land, water resources and biodiversity have also been predicted, and ultimately, tourism and agriculture will be negatively impacted by these changes. Meanwhile, Caribbean countries emit such relatively small amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, which mean that they will suffer disproportionately from the impacts of climate change.
The Government of Japan has been one of leading donors in the target of climate change. Japan has delivered development assistance total of $17.6 billion to vulnerable countries from October 2009 to December 2012 for mitigation and adaptation. The Government of Japan intends to continue its assistance in this area to create enabling environment with a view to formulate a new framework applicable to all Parties by COP 21 in 2015. Especially, the Government of Japan sees it important to assist Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), and in this context, is interested in establishing a new regional assistance programme for Caribbean and/or CARICOM in the area of climate change under the framework of the Partnership for Peace, Development and Prosperity between Japan and the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) aims to support countries in advancing the process of low-emission risk-resilient development by improving energy security and integrating medium to long-term planning for adaptation to climate change. In the pursuit of this objective, the initiative will support policy innovation through the development of a number of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) that will help guide Caribbean countries towards a green, low-emission and climate-resilient development pathway. The initiative will then also support the implementation of actual technology that is both low-emission and advances climate risk management, including demonstration in the target countries. The programme will strengthen institutional and technical capacities in selected countries for iterative development of comprehensive NAMAs and NAPs that are country-driven, and based on existing national/sub-national development priorities, strategies and processes. Each country will be able to tailor the specific assistance it will receive as informed by its priorities and needs.
J-CCCP’s mandate under outcome 3 relates to strengthening knowledge networks within the Caribbean in order to foster South-South and North-South cooperation through sharing experiences. Specifically, output 3.3 speaks to the transfer of technical and process-oriented information on experiences, good practice, lessons and examples of relevance. In light of this, the project will produce ten (10) case studies to be shared on at least two (2) regional platforms.
The J-CCCP Project Management Unit (PMU) envisions that case studies will be produced in accordance with the following break-down:
- 1 case study focusing on emission modelling
- 1 case study focusing on NAPs
- 1 case study focusing on Japan-Caribbean technology transfer
- 2 case studies focusing on communication campaigns
- 5 case studies focusing on water resources management, sustainable agriculture, climate-smart infrastructure and renewable energy and energy efficiency
- OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
UNDP is seeking to engage a firm to develop and produce 10 case studies highlighting J-CCCP’s work. Case studies are not expected to individually exceed 2 pages in length and the selected firm will be expected to compile individual case studies into one report with a small number to be printed. Case studies will highlight lessons learned as well as innovative applications, processes and methods.