Decarbonizing the Eastern Caribbean and building resilience to
the impacts of climate change – energy, water, infrastructure, mobility, and finance
9:00 - 9:15am
Opening & Formal Welcome
Annette Rattigan Leo, Government of Saint Lucia and Crispin
d’Auvergne, OECS Commission.
Formal opening of NDCIF-2,
2nd NDC Investment Forum of the NDCFI, highlighting progress made since the 1st Forum and setting the stage for the coming three days.
9:15 - 10:15am
Opening Plenary & Panel Discussion
The Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge: Gaps, opportunities, and
recommendations to increase the diffusion of solar energy.
H.E. Peter Chia-yen Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia:
Supporting the installation of PV systems
Dr. Annett Fleischer, GIZ:
Accelerating NDC implementation in the Eastern Caribbean
Dr. Kristin Deason, GGGI:
Investment mobilization for solar PV in the Eastern Caribbean
Paul van Aalst, GET.invest Finance Catalyst:
Supporting project development and investment readiness in the
Imen Gherboudj, IRENA:
Moderator: Leena Wokeck, FutureWays/GIZ Consultant
Following a brief round of announcements of support for the Solar Challenge, panelists will share insights from their work, respond to questions from the audience, and discuss key issues, experiences, and aspirations for uniting the Caribbean to accelerate decarbonization and advance resilience to the impacts of climate change.
10:15 - 10:30am
Brief introduction to the NDCIF-2 matchmaking approach and how
to make the most of opportunities for networking over the 3 days of the conference.
Brief pitches for the upcoming parallel sessions
11:00am - 12:20pm
Financing Mechanisms for Solar PV in the OECS:
Presentation and roundtable discussions on innovative mechanisms for funding PV systems, mechanisms to accelerate investment and overcoming challenges that have hindered the growth of the solar market in the OECS. - GGGI, Melanie Chaurand, ECO Carib Green Tech
Building Resilience in the Water Sector:
The water sector is key to sustainable development, and its resilience a major factor for climate change adaptation in the Caribbean. Utilities and government representatives will highlight key areas for climate action and engage in a discussion on challenges and opportunities.
- + Ignatius Jean, CAWASA
- + Brian Bonaparte, Ministry of Finance, Grenada (G-CREWS)
- + Fabian Felix, NIPP, Saint Lucia
- Moderator: Jason Ernest, Water Resources Management Agency
13:40 - 15:00pm
Financing NDC implementation in the Eastern Caribbean
Access to finance remains a key challenge for accelerating bold
climate action in the Caribbean. Panelists will share experiences and outlooks on financing
de-carbonization and resilience building, discuss gaps and how to fill them, and provide an overview
of barriers and opportunities from a range of highly relevant perspectives.
- + Judith Ephraim, OECS Commission: Opening input and session chair
- + Leighton Waterman, Caribbean Development Bank
- + Ruth Phillips Itty, Commonwealth/Climate Finance Access Hub
- + Kieran St. Omer, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
- + Shaiiede Kallicharan, Bank of Saint Lucia
- + Erastus Njuki Ndugire, UN Habitat
15:30 - 16:50pm
Accelerating decarbonatization to achieve climate targets: The role of the
Round-table discussion focused on impact investment and critical opportunities to improve the carbon footprint in the region.
- + Federico Fische, Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)
- + Paula Brufman - Institutional Director Alcot
- + Loreto Duffy-Mayers - Advisor PFAN
- + Jorge Barrigh - Heifer International
Weathering storms: The future of critical infrastructure:
Strategic investment in critical infrastructure is important for small economies vulnerable to climate change impacts. Determining targeted solutions, with affordable and participative financing options along with adequate responsive capacity, are some of the factors that must be explored if the quality of critical infrastructure within the Caribbean is to be enhanced.
- + Dr. Cletus Bertin, CARILEC
- + Gemma Edwin, NIPP, Saint Lucia
- + Herman Jean Pienaar, UN Habitat
- Moderator: Annette Rattigan-Leo
16:50 - 17:20pm
Highlights from the breakout sessions and closing of the first day.