|Overview : |
The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has indicated its desire for Dominica to become the first climate resilient country in the world. To achieve this, a range of programmes and projects will be implemented, funded from a variety of local, regional and international sources. One such source is the Green Climate Fund (GCF), access to which could unlock highly concessional finance to help catalyze the climate resilient transition. However, the current Focal Point for the GCF in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development faces severe capacity constraints. Procedures for the efficient functioning of the National Designated Authority (NDA) have not been fully established and the framework for comprehensive, national stakeholder engagement on GCF matters does not exist. Although significant progress was made on designing a robust national Low-Carbon Climate-Resilient Development Strategy (LCCRDS) i.e. Nationally-Determined Contribution (NDC) and preliminary project ideas, some of these still need to be translated into bankable projects and programmes, concepts and proposals. UNDP serves as Dominica’s delivery partner for readiness support to assist in building the capacity of the NDA and relevant government ministries, establishing an effective coordination mechanism by strengthening the existing high-level National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) and engaging all stakeholders, including government, the private sector, civil society and academia in consultations, with effective mainstreaming of gender considerations and inclusion of marginalized groups in climate change decision-making. Under the Readiness Programme, the main outcomes to be achieved are as follows:
Develop the capacity of the NDA to perform its roles and responsibilities for GCF related-matters.
Identify projects and work with proposed Accredited Entities on climate finance project concept notes for both the public and private sector consistent with the Fund’s Investment Framework, and other partners.
Obtain direct access accreditation for a national entity to facilitate direct access to GCF funds
Review and revise the Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development Strategy (LCCDRS)
Develop an action plan for the implementation of the LCCRDS
Develop a strategic framework for GCF engagement across Government, the private sector, NGOs/CBOs
Engagement of the private sector is essential for achieving the outcomes of the program.
An effective communications strategy will focus on an effective introduction and explanation, creating a heightened awareness of GCF activities in The Commonwealth of Dominica. It will foster individual, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Civil Society Organisation (CSO) and private sector engagement in effort at climate resilience adaptation. The Communications Strategy will ensure the participation of schools and learning intuitions in promotional activities and GCF program delivery, The Strategy will result in the capture of opportunities by the private sector in climate services, realize business investment opportunities into channel actors to participate in viable , NGO and CSO into local community based adaptation interventions and execute specific outreach to ensure representative participation by gender, youth elderly and disadvantage.