Overall Objective

GGGI is supporting the transition to a climate resilient and sustainable energy sector in the Eastern Caribbean States through a joint program with the Organisation of Eastern States (OECS).

Contact
Kristin Deason

Lead Representative

Resource Partner

GGGI Core Funding

Implementation Partner

Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

Government Counterpart

OECS Commission Secretariat, Castries, St. Lucia

Context

As small island developing states, the eleven member countries of the OECS are particularly vulnerable to climate change, especially extreme weather events like hurricanes, which have caused catastrophic damage to several countries in the Caribbean region in recent years.  The member states of the OECS are also highly dependent on imported fossil fuels, and face high costs related to its use.  For these reasons, the six independent member states of the OECS (Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines), were among the first in ratifying the Paris Agreement. The countries have since established ambitious nationally determined contribution (NDC) goals, and have taken significant steps in implementing these goals, particularly in the area climate smart resilient growth for the energy sector.

GGGI and OECS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) February 2018, agreeing to work together to assist OECS member countries in acheiving their NDC targets by strengthening green growth planning and increasing climate finance, especially in the energy sector.  In 2018, GGGI conducted in-depth consultations with OECS team and key government stakeholders to define the scope of work and to officially establish a GGGI presence in OECS HQ in St. Lucia.  In May of 2019, the GGGI office was officially opened, located at OECS headquarters in St. Lucia.  GGGI and OECS are now working together on a joint program to improve regulatory and fiscal policy frameworks at regional and country levels to increase private sector participation and investments in resilient energy, and to improve the capacity of OECS and country governments to identify and develop energy resilience opportunities and projects.

News

News • October 23, 2019

GGGI and OECS to Hold Panel Discussion on Regional Climate Change Support Mechanisms as Part of Virtual Island Summit

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean  States (OECS), in cooperation with Island Innovation, are hosting an online panel discussion on regional initiatives that support island states in setting and achieving climate change goals on October 24, 2019. The general public is invited to attend. Registration is available at this […]

News • May 31, 2019

GGGI Establishes New Office in the Caribbean

Thursday, May 30, 2019 — The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has opened a new office in Castries, St. Lucia, to strengthen support for its work to further promote green growth in the Caribbean region and expand its partnership with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). GGGI and OECS previously signed a memorandum of understanding […]

GGGI In-Country Staff

Kristin Deason

Lead Representative