The Caribbean is an active regional integration area with a number of organisations focusing on economic development and the strengthening of regional cooperation, to create a true common economic and cooperation space. Regional institutions such as the OECS, the ACS, and CARICOM frequently make the following observations:
- There is a lack of connectivity among Caribbean territories,
- There is limited access to quality technical expertise, at reasonable cost, with knowledge of the situation in the Caribbean and long-term availability,
- The Caribbean region is highly vulnerable to natural hazards, the intensity and frequency of which are exacerbated by climate change,
- There is limited risk prevention, adaptation and management capacity.
The above observations, and the desire of the local authorities of the Caribbean states to adopt a cooperative approach, using the “climate” issue as a vehicle for establishing closer relations among institutions in the territories, gave rise to the Caribbean-Climate Regional Integration Support Project (PAIRC-C). The two year project aims to assist the territories in building a regional integration approach to jointly address the challenges of climate change by increasing their resilience. The five Creole-speaking territories involved are Haiti, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and Saint Lucia.
The project is funded by the Priority Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects (FSPI) of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to the tune of 350,000 Euros, including 50,000 Euros in public contributions. It is implemented by UNITE Caribbean, a Caribbean Agency that specialises in consulting and support for the implementation of cooperation projects at the Caribbean level. It consists of three components:
- The conduct of 8 to 10 technical assistance missions,
- The design and facilitation of 3 to 4 training modules,
- The establishment of a digital network, which led to the development of a stakeholder network.
The start-up phase resulted in the inventory and mapping of unmet or niche needs in each of the territories in the area of climate resilience, and the identification of relevant stakeholders in the sector, who now make up the network’s membership. After ensuring that the niche needs identified reflected a regional need, with resonance throughout the five territories involved, stakeholder members of the PAIRC-C network defined the thematic areas of action, technical assistance missions, and trainings, in conjunction with UNITE Caribbean. This collaborative work took place during the seminar in Guadeloupe over the period 10-12 December 2018. The mobilisation seminar brought together approximately thirty participants, members and partners of the PAIRC-C network. The work conducted within the framework of the first phase led to the emergence of four priority thematic areas, namely Sustainable Tourism, Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, the Circular Economy and Business Continuity.
The implementation phase involves the actual implementation of actions (technical assistance and training) through the partnerships established with Caribbean organisations, and with the involvement of the network’s membership. More information in the Projects section.
This digital platform illustrates the dynamic of collaboration initiated by UNITE Caribbean and the membership of the PAIRC-C network.