Tags: CCI Partners
Jose Maria Figueres | President
- website: www.carbonwarroom.com
When did you join the CCI?
The Carbon War Room provided support to the CCI at the inaugural Caribbean Challenge Summit, May 17-18 2013, hosted by Sir Richard Branson in the British Virgin Isles.
Why did your organization join the CCI?
Founded by Sir Richard Branson, the Carbon War Room's president – Jose Maria Figueres was invited to chair the Summit and assisted in brokering the second phase commitments which included: marine protection areas for sharks and rays as well as the accelerated transition to renewable energy for member countries within the next five years. This was followed by assistance on implementation of commitments through the Pew Institute for marine conservation and Carbon war Room for renewable energy.
Sir Richard Branson stressed that "Solving the energy challenge and marine conservation challenge in the Caribbean go hand-in-hand: we can't have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, nor a healthy environment without a healthy economy."
How is the CCI important to marine and coastal conservation in the Caribbean?
The CCI brings Caribbean governments together, engaging in public-private partnerships across sectors, to ensure that the critical issues of marine conservation and renewable energy are addressed and that solutions are implemented to drive the economic development of Caribbean islands.
What are your organization's main conservation priority actions under the CCI? Or what is your organization's role in the CCI?
Our role is to support any CCI countries who wish to accelerate their transition to off fossil fuels. CCI member countries can receive support in energy visioning, identifying and managing commercial opportunities as well as communications and marketing. Through the Carbon War Room's 'Ten Island Renewable Challenge' countries can complement the support from CCI with business advisory services, technical assistance and communication/marketing to realize their fossil-fuel free future. Countries that have already jointed the Ten Island Challenge include Aruba, Grenada and Saint Lucia.
Since May 2013, the Carbon War Room has convened multiple workshops meetings in Aruba and the British Virgin Isles for island governments and the private sector to support the CCI and Ten Island Challenge. Moving forward, the Carbon War Room aims to continue the strong partnership with CCI and momentum to achieving CCI countries who which to transition off fossil fuels through raising awareness around the benefits of renewable energy and improving the quality of life for the Caribbean community that also supports environmental conservation.
How is the CCI approach different from past approaches to marine and coastal conservation?
The CCI is a 'home-grown' Caribbean inter-governmental organization, supported by The Nature Conservancy, that seeks to drive conservation in the Caribbean through policy change and public-private partnerships.
Who is your CCI focal point?
- name:Maya Doolub