Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change, and maintains Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region.
In addition, the Centre provides climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the 5Cs are recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few.
And when they are not working on effective solutions and projects to combat the environmental impacts of climate change and global warming in the Caribbean, they are helping to implement the Australia Caribbean Coral Reef Collaboration in partnership with Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) under the auspices of the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM).
As the regional implementation partner, the 5Cs are actively involved in on-the ground activities, and provide regional knowledge, engagement and coordination services to help us implement projects and tailor effective solutions to help manage coral reefs in a changing climate.
With a dedicated Regional Coordinator - Ms Nellie Catzim – introduced to the team in 2013, the 5Cs are helping put plans into action. She has over 12 years of experience in terrestrial and marine conservation with particular emphasis on site and national level protected areas management.
During her tenure as Executive Director of the Southern Environmental Association (SEA), a marine conservation NGO managing three critical marine protected areas in southern Belize, she was able to strengthen financial and institutional governance, establish organizational programs and enhance stakeholder engagement.
Prior to her time at SEA, Nellie served as a Executive Director of the Southern Environmental Association (SEA), and the Coordinator for the National Protected Areas Commission of Belize responsible for the implementation of the National Protected Areas Policy and System Plan. In her varying capacities she has accumulated over 10 years experience working with rural and coastal communities in identifying and implementing alternative and supplemental income generating initiatives.
Learn more about the 5Cs at www.caribbeanclimate.bz