First J-CCCP Pilot Project in Guyana Launched

Jul 17, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) is providing support to the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to advance green economic and sociocultural development.

On July 13, the J-CCCP partnered with the Office of Climate Change to launch the Guyana component of the Government of Japan funded initiative which is providing US$15 million to eight Caribbean countries for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The launch, which took place in Bartica, also doubled as initiation of a key element of the J-CCCP – pilot projects. The Bartica pilot project, titled “Piloting solar-photovoltaic systems and energy efficient streetlights in Bartica, Region Seven” aims to increase Guyana’s share of renewable energy in its electricity generation matrix by focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Specifically, the project will support the installation of LED street lighting and a photovoltaic (PV) system with battery backup and energy efficiency measures at the 3-Mile Secondary School.  This pilot project will complement the ongoing supports to develop Guyana’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on greening cities/towns under the same J-CCCP project.

Recognizing the project’s alignment with Guyana’s climate change framework, Janelle Christian, Head – Office of Climate Change, remarked that, “the J-CCCP Project and the support Guyana has been benefiting from and will continue to benefit from is set within the framework of the Green State Development Strategy and the President’s vision for Guyana to become a Green State and specifically, the pilot initiative  that will be implemented in Bartica is a direct response to his pronouncement on Bartica becoming the first model Green Town” UNDP’s Resident Representative, Mikiko Tanaka held similar sentiments noting, “at a national level, the achievements from this project would ultimately support Guyana’s pursuit of evolving into a Green State.”

J-CCCP is also supporting the development of Guyana’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) as well the development of a communication campaign which follows a climate change knowledge, attitudes and practices survey conducted in 2016.

As climate change is recognised as one of the most serious challenges compounding vulnerabilities inherent to the Caribbean, J-CCCP’s aim to ensure that barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies are addressed and overcome in a participatory and efficient manner is especially important.