The Green Climate Fund’s Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean, organized in collaboration with the Government of Belize, brought together key stakeholders to increase the involvement of Caribbean countries with the GCF.
The Caribbean Structured Dialogue was held in Placencia, Belize, from 19 to 22 June 2017, with 66 participants representing 13 Caribbean countries, including ministers, NDA representatives, AEs and civil society organizations. The four-day gathering saw Caribbean countries come together to lay out their plans to address climate change in partnership with GCF.
Participants learned from the GCF and from each other, and explored areas for regional collaboration. Each country took concrete steps to move their climate priorities forward through intensive interactions with GCF, the AEs and other partners.
The dialogue concluded with a roadmap for the region, identifying a prospective pipeline of 42 projects and programmes with estimated GCF investment totalling USD 1.2 billion for a total project value of USD 2.1 billion. The projects and programmes were clustered around the following themes: scaling up energy access and energy efficiency; climate-proofing infrastructure; and increasing resilience in communities, ecosystems and land use. The Structured Dialogue laid the foundations for greater regional cooperation and programmes to address the challenges of climate change in the Caribbean. This was demonstrated through the following three priority regional initiatives identified for further development:
- building a regional platform to manage climate risk;
- strengthening the capacity of direct access entities at the regional level; and
- mobilizing private sector engagement in the Caribbean region.