The CARIBSAVE Partnership has been designated as Managing Partner to the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) for managing Climate Change Research projects in the Caribbean. This is a critical building block in the ongoing work being conducted by CDKN, UKAID (formerly DFID) and other donors in the region.
The two-and-a-half year project is providing appropriate resources to build on three key initiatives and document developments that have been taking place over the past months in the region; namely the completion of the ‘Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’, CARICOM’s Regional Implementation Plan (IP) and the Caribbean Regional Diagnostic for Research (RD). In addition, the project will provide a platform for the extensive capacity and the pragmatic dissemination of high-quality research. In this role CARIBSAVE will be responsible for designing and running the Research Calls; issuing and managing research grants; designing and implementing a knowledge sharing strategy and publishing research reports.
Under this partnership, the first call is the Caribbean Climate and Development Research Call, and the objectives of this Call are to:
1. attract and fund competitive, demand-led research that addresses questions of regional priority;
2. inform the design of local climate compatible policies and programmes in the Caribbean;
3. enhance the research capacity of regional researchers in technical research design; and
4. improve the dissemination of research results to policy makers and the uptake of these research results.
The selected Priority Research Themes have been identified as research priorities for climate change and development in the Caribbean; they fall under CDKN research themes and address the aim and overall objectives of the CARIBBEAN Climate and Development Research Call. Furthermore, they address some of those areas that require additional research, policy strengthening and enhanced capacity. The Priority Research Themes are:
1. Responding to Climate Change Impacts - Vulnerabilities and Socio-Economic Implications
2. Climate Compatible Development - Policies and Processes
This Call will facilitate the design and delivery of high quality research that is both demand-led and bridges knowledge gaps in climate and development. Capacity building, communication and dissemination of knowledge – the “democratization” of science – are also important pillars in this initiative. As such, elements of the Call have been designed specifically to enhance the research capacity of regional researchers, both in technical research design and in the improvement of the dissemination of research results to policy makers, and the uptake of these results. Ultimately, it is anticipated that the forthcoming research will address questions of regional priority and inform the design of local climate compatible policies and programmes in the Caribbean in an era of climate change and in light of the heightened vulnerability of Small Island Developing States.