St. George’s University and the Windward Islands Research & Education Foundation (WINDREF) have been selected by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to establish a Regional Collaborating Center (RCC) for the Caribbean. The partnership, between the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM) at St. George’s University, WINDREF and UNFCCC, will be based on the University’s True Blue campus in Grenada and continues UNFCCC’s implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, signed in 1997.
This center, the third of its kind in the world, is aimed at enhancing the implementation of clear technology activities in the region by engaging private- and public-sector organizations as well as governmental agencies to participate in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) framework, part of the Kyoto Protocol’s way of achieving carbon reduction targets.
“We are delighted to collaborate with WINDREF and the DPHPM at St. George’s University,” said Karla Solis-Garcia, Team Lead for the Regional Collaboration Center St. George’s. “We have received a warm welcome and look forward to achieving long-term results that can put the Caribbean in a position to implement clean technology activities that mitigate climate change and support sustainable development of the countries of the region.”
WINDREF and the DPHPM, recently designated as the first WHO Collaborating Center on Environmental and Occupational Health in the Caribbean, are uniquely positioned to lend support, having collaborated on several environmental research programs that addressed occupational health among nutmeg workers and health care workers, renewable energy, land degradation, food- and water-borne diseases, and zoonotic diseases.
“We are excited to partner with the UNFCCC to establish a Caribbean Regional Collaboration Centre at WINDREF on the St. George’s University campus,” said Calum Macpherson, Director and Vice President of WINDREF. “The goal of the Center – to support CDM projects in the Caribbean region – will mitigate carbon emissions and address climate change, one of the greatest future threats to health and well-being. As such, WINDREF, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at SGU, provide a perfect home for the Caribbean RCC, given their common mission of promoting health and sustainable development throughout the region.”
The regional office in Grenada started operations in mid-July and will aid in providing technical support to design and process activities under the CDM.
With 195 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 193 of the UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.
About the CDM
Developed countries can work towards their targets under the Kyoto Protocol by earning certified emission reductions through Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.