Kedell Worboys MBE – preserving St Helena’s pristine environment

Kedell Worboys MBE – preserving St Helena’s pristine environment

 

Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE, representative of the Government of St Helena in the United Kingdom and member of the Executive Committee of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), is committed to protecting St Helena’s environment and its rich fauna, flora and marine life.

As former President of OCTA Executive Committee, she chaired in February 2016 a Climate Change workshop in Brussels where she strongly put the case for preserving the OCTs’ unique biodiversity and pristine environment for the benefit of St Helena’s sustainable tourism development.

 

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EU relations with  independent countries of the Caribbean

EU relations with independent countries of the Caribbean

The EU has historically maintained strong relations with the Caribbean. This stems in large part from the colonial presence of European countries in the region; many are still present through Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

The EU’s relations with the 16 independent Caribbean countries are shaped by various overlapping institutional frameworks, governing political relations, trade and development.

The 16 are members of the Cotonou Agreement (2000-2020) – the EU’s partnership agreement with  a group of 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The related European Development Fund (EDF) – revised every five years – provides national and regional development funding for ACPs. The current EUR 346 million regional envelope for the Caribbean under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) prioritises: regional economic cooperation and integration; adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, environmental disaster management and renewable energy promotion and security and crime prevention across the region.

It is complemented by the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), covering trade related issues and the 2012 Joint Caribbean EU Partnership Strategy, dealing with political issues.

The EU-CARIFORUM EPA is a pioneering agreement in the international trading system.Through the EPA, the two regions aim to build on their long-established economic ties to foster growth, jobs and development in the Caribbean.

The 2012 Joint Caribbean-EU Partnership Strategy is a structured framework for broader and deeper dialogue and cooperation, strengthening the political dimension of the relationship alongside the more traditional existing trade and development aspects. It intensifies cooperation in a number of core areas of mutual interest: regional integration, reconstruction of Haiti, climate change and natural disasters, crime and security and joint action in multilateral fora.

 

 

 

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Brussels event: Sustainable energy best practices and challenges – an OCT perspective

Brussels event: Sustainable energy best practices and challenges – an OCT perspective

European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the annual highlight of the EU intensive work on sustainable energy.

Sustainable energy has been on the forefront of innovation at EU Overseas Countries and Territories, and countries like Aruba, with Prime Minister Mike Eman, have taken a global lead on implementing innovative practices in renewable energy, energy storage and sustainable development.

At the EUSEW 2015  ‘Sustainable Energy Roadmap for OCT’s’ was signed. On Tuesday, 14 June 2016 (16.00 – 17.30) a key conference will take place at the European Commission to build upon this last year’s success. In order to assess the progress since the signature of the Sustainable Energy Roadmap for OCT’s and agree on next steps to accelerate the renewable energy transition.

The conference will provide a better understanding of the assets that OCTs represent for the EU in relation to renewable energy, in terms of open laboratories – but also grid stability, energy storage and stand-alone systems – at a time when the EU Member States are starting to realize some of the technological challenges that the EU’s Energy Framework will represent for their infrastructure, as the share of renewable energy is increased.

In addition, the event will present initiative to build on the partnership between OCTA (Overseas Countries and Territories Association) and IRENA, to get the best value for money from the financial support of those EU Member States that would like to support OCTs in the implementation of their roadmap and the transition to sustainable energy in OCTs

The Conference takes place on Tuesday 14 June (16.00 – 17.30), the European Commission’s Charlemagne Building, Mansholt Room.

Speakers:

Mike EMAN
Prime Miniser of Aruba and OCTA Chair

José María FIGUERES OLSEN
President of Carbon War Room

Mala HØY KÚKO
Minister for Nature, Environment and Justice of Greenland

Elizabeth PRESS
Director, Planning and Programme Support at IRENA

Kees RADE
Ambassador for Sustainable Development

Marjeta JAGER
European Commission, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Development

 

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OCTA Innovation at the OCTs

OCTA Innovation at the OCTs

Following the OCTA-EU political declaration research, education and innovation are the key in securing sustainable development and prosperity at the OCTs. In my role of the Chairman on Project Steering Committee for OCTA Innovation, I have at the first hand witnessed not only enthusiasm, creativity and innovation initiatives, but also wide-ranging innovation potential of all of the OCTs. OCTA Innovation initiates and guides this potential, helping to structure innovation initiatives with supporting development of innovation strategies, structured guidance and ensuring joint learning.

Leading this exciting work has been exceptionally rewarding, and it has provided me with an insight into potentials for harnessing OCTs’ dynamism for work in areas relevant for OCTs, from biodiversity and agriculture, to securing economic growth and sustainability.

From Montserrat experience, pushing forward education is at the centre of securing future for the island. Not only it develops knowledge and builds capacity, it also creates a positive societal dynamics that drives innovation and creativity.

Chairing our Project Steering Committee has been a pleasure as it enabled me to work closely with other members of the committee so we could jointly share our experiences and support moving the project forward.

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EU-Polar Net: linking Europe and the Polar regions

EU-Polar Net: linking Europe and the Polar regions

EU-PolarNet aims to improve co-ordination between EU member polar research institutions building on existing networks to create a resource orientated infrastructure access and usage plan. EU-PolarNet will develop an integrated EU Polar research programme by identifying short and long-term scientific needs and optimising the use of co-ordinated Polar infrastructure for multi-platform science missions whilst fostering trans-disciplinary collaboration on Polar research.

The online platform is sharing various documents and projects, including those factsheets:

The Greeland Institute of Natural Resources is one of the 22 partners of the consortium.

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Climate Change at the OCTs

Climate Change at the OCTs

Climate change does not affect all nations and countries equally. Most of the OCTs and small island states are at the forefront and directly subjected to the array of climate change effects. From raising sea levels, to ever increasing hurricanes. But OCTs are taking initiative.

OCTs are also at the forefront of international discussions and innovation on tackling climate change. At the recent COP21 in Paris, many OCTs came with strong proposals and input. From New Caledonia to Greenland, we see numerous direct inputs into the Paris Climate Conference (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC) and side events such as the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 . These initiatives included several of OCTA Innovation’s Innovation Managers, such as Bran Quinquis.

HE Bernard D. Whiteman, The Prime Minister of Curacao and OCTA Chair, stated that “climate change is a crisis that can be grindingly slowrising sea-levels that gradually erase whole nations and cripple small economies […] We must aim to make a commitment to preventing more global warming, to let our voices be heard in our path to achieving sustainable development, to preserve ancient cultures, present lives and future potential.”

Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman, OCTA Vice chair, with his actions and speeches, including those at the the United Nations, TEDxBinnenhof and COP21 IREMA, has been widely recognized as leader of OCTs in energy sustainability and Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, presenting islands with an important potential to be green partners.

Shining example of an important OCT initiative that led to cross-OCTs cooperation is the OCTA Sustainable energy roadmap signed in June 2015 at the 1st Energy Summit. The resulting roadmap were inspiration and example of the well organized cooperation and established synergy, and formed the cornerstone of the OCTA actions on renewable energy.

In 2016, OCTA is engaging on climate discussions. ‘Technical Consultative Workshop on Climate Change in OCTs (Brussels, 9-10 February)”, presented a rich and insightful range of discussions. Chaired by Mrs Kedell Worboys (MBE), President of OCTA Executive Committee, the workshop shared practical cases and lessons learnt on mitigating impacts of climate change on islands and set the pace for this work in 2016.

 

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La Nouvelle-Calédonie – le leadership régional sur les actions liées au changement climatique

La Nouvelle-Calédonie – le leadership régional sur les actions liées au changement climatique

C’est très stimulant de savoir que la Nouvelle-Calédonie est l’Ordonnateur Régional au titre du Programme Régional du Pacifique du 11e FED. Lors de l’atelier consultatif technique sur le changement climatique dans les PTOM, Chloé Calvignac, membre du Comité exécutif d’OCT Association a constaté que les priorités demeurent la biodiversité et le changement climatique.

L’enveloppe thématique du 11e FED continue de faciliter la programmation à l’appui des efforts déployés par les PTOM pour gérer de manière durable leurs ressources naturelles en matière de changement climatique et d’énergie durable.

Pour plus d’informations à propos du récent travail en Nouvelle-Calédonie sur le changement climatique, veuillez lire l’article d’André Boudart.

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British Virgin Islands: Renewables and tackling unemployment

British Virgin Islands: Renewables and tackling unemployment

Following recent meeting in Brussels at the signing OCTA Energy Charter, Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck was glad to meet Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Government of the British Virgin Islands.

Dr Pickering was active in the Virgin Islands becoming the first Caribbean Territory and a leader amongst small island states globally in establishing the policy and financing framework needed to address the causes and impacts of climate change. Dr Pickering has a clear vision in establishing British Virgin Islands as the world top eco-tourist destination. Outlining his work on the financing network he concluded, “Extensive consultation with stakeholders guided the development of the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund Act 2015, with general agreement being reached that the operations of the Fund would assist in positioning the country as one of the first low carbon tourism destinations in the region. By supporting the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficient measures, not only will the Climate Change Trust Fund lower operational costs, but it shines an eco-friendly spotlight on our Virgin Islands in a very competitive tourism industry.”

Dr Pickering is working bringing broad business activities to the Virgin Islands. His closest team is strongly involved in development all Innovation related activities, and his deputy secretary Mr Joseph Abbott is one of the driving forces in the Innovation Advisory Board.

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Un projet pilote d’énergie thermique refait surface en Polynésie Française

Un projet pilote d’énergie thermique refait surface en Polynésie Française

La Polynésie Française est en train de revisiter un ancien projet selon le journal polynésien ‘le marin’ : comment développer l’énergie thermique des mers. Le but de ce projet pilote est de réduire à long-terme une haute dépendance sur le pétrole.

Pour Teva Rohfritsch, le ministre polynésien de l’économie bleue: “Pour nos économies insulaires, plus qu’en métropole, le coût du pétrole est un sujet majeur pour les vingt ans qui viennent.”

Le principe, déjà abordé dans les années 80: construire une plate-forme ancrée en mer, dotée de tuyaux d’aspiration qui ramènent l’eau chaude de surface et l’eau froide des profondeurs pour faire tourner une turbine et actionner une machine thermique afin de produire l’électricité.

À aborder: des défis importants technologiques, notamment inventer et qualifier un tuyau avec des dimensions inégalées jusqu’à ce jour.

Full article: Le Marin pdf

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Small islands can fight climate change

Small islands can fight climate change

Leaders of island nations gathered for a high-level United Nations Security Council meeting on 30 July to discuss peace and security challenges facing small island developing states (SIDS). The meeting come two weeks after James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, published a report saying that sea levels could rise as much as 3 meters by the end of the century.

Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman, in his speech on the behalf of the Kingdom of Netherlands at the United Nations 30 July 2015, welcomed New Zealand initiative on underlining the challenges the SIDS are facing. Mr Eman balanced a popular preconception that many of the SIDS are tropical paradise, outlining the real and global challenges small islands are facing. He welcomes cooperation and support from large countries and large corporations in supporting the small island states’ challenges.

The main and immediate challenge is that of the effects of climate change. Mr Eman noted that tropical storms regularly remind people on small islands of climate change. Inhabitants of small islands face these dangers directly, fighting for the survival with fewer resources and less capacity.

Mr Eman reminds the present of the the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ commitment to COP21 Paris. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is organising the first ‘Planetary Security: Peace and Co-operation in Times of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges’, conference in the Hague on 2 and 3 November.

“Each country,” Mr Eman concluded, “no matter how small, can contribute to the fight against climate change. Small island nations can be laboratories to demonstrate this transition to all countries, such as renewable energy transformation. Aruba, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Carbon War Room, Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) are reaching out for ten other Caribbean islands to share its learnings in energy transformation.”

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