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The Virgin Islands became the first Caribbean Territory and a leader amongst small island states globally in establishing the policy and financing framework needed to address the causes and impacts of climate change.

This milestone was achieved with the passage of the Climate Change Trust Fund Act 2015 in the House of Assembly Tuesday March 24.

Advisor to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, George deBerdt Romilly said that international funds to address climate change issues of small islands are available, but a legal and fiduciary framework would have to be in place for any country or Territory to benefit.

He said, “Commitments of international climate change financing of US$100 billion per year from 2020 have been pledged by industrialised countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

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PHILIPSBURG--Interim Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI, Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs signed an agreement with Eric van Putten of Designer's Choice on Thursday, for sewage connections to the homes and properties directly along the main road in Middle Region.

The agreement is valued at NAf. 450,000, and is financed by the government. After signing Prime Minister Gumbs immediately instructed VROMI section New Works to look at connecting the homes in the higher elevations next.

From 2009 through 2011, the upgrading of Middle Region was carried out with funding from the ninth European Development Fund (EDF) programme.

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Antiguan Attorney-at-Law, Andrea A. Jacobs was nominated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the coordinator for the first ever Caribbean Environment and Climate Change Lawyers Network (CECCLN). Firstly, and as part of its mandate in the progressive development of international environmental law, UNEP through its Division of Environmental Law and Conventions has developed guidebooks on various aspects of climate change law, including on adaptation, and in conjunction with UNDP, for Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development Strategies (LECRDS). Secondly, the objectives of the CECCLN are to facilitate the integration of the legal dimension in environmental issues, including climate change; to strengthen the integration of the legal dimension in the work of the form of Ministers for Latin America and the Caribbean and, the strengthening of environment law dimensions in environmental and sustainable development …

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Can you imagine yourself walking 500 meters or even a mile every day to get water to cover your basic needs? Can you imagine thinking that every drop you use has to be efficiently distributed between cooking, cleaning and personal use and just a minimal waste can represent another trip to the nearest community water pond or water truck?

Five hundred meters it’s not such a long distance, considering that world record Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt runs 200 meters in 19.19 seconds. However ask Usain to run it while holding two or three buckets of water under the noon day sun in his hometown Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica.Now, who said something about a bucket challenge?

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