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Webinar: COP21, Paris Agreements and implications for the Caribbean, Feb. 4, 2016

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Alexander Richter 25 Jan 2016

New Energy Events, organizers of the GeoLAC 2015 event in Nicaragua, will be holding an interesting webinar on the implications of COP21 and the Paris Agreement on the Caribbean.

A webinar by New Energy Events, the host of the Geothermal in Latin America and the Caribbean (GeoLAC) event held in November last year, will be hosting a rather interesting webinar.

The webinar will be held Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:00 am (EST)

Participants will be:

  • Amal-Lee Amin, Division Chief, Infrastructure and Environment Sector, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Jerry Butler, Executive Director (Alternate), Caribbean Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Stephen O’Malley, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP
  • Lisa Viscidi, Director of the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, Inter-American Dialogue (moderator)

While the adoption of the Paris Agreement at the 21st annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is a potential game-changer, is it enough to make a difference for the low-lying, small-island states that advocated for “1.5 to stay alive”? Over the course of the webinar, panelists will discuss the following:

  • What measures will small-island states need to take to adapt to the inevitable impacts of rising sea levels and increased storm severity? Do they have the capacity – capital and human resources – to implement these measures?
  • Are regional and international development organizations coordinated and constructively engaged? What new resources will be available to the Caribbean out of COP21 and the Paris Agreement?
  • What Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reducing emissions did Caribbean states commit to and how will renewable energy play into attaining these targets?
  • What mechanisms/tools – e.g. financing, regulatory, policy – will be most useful to achieving NDCs over the next five years?

To register visit this website.