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Supporting Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Energy Services for Small Island
Developing States through South-South Cooperation


Currently the world faces major food, financial and energy crises. Compounded by climate change, the prospects for achieving sustainable development dwindles as the countries of the region continue to rely heavily on the importation of food and fuel.


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This is especially so in light of the energy intensity burdens placed on these small territories by increasingly service-oriented economies.

These global trends have prompted intensification of the efforts by local and regional governments to increase the energy security and sustainability in their territories by turning to renewable energy technologies and encouraging energy conservation. This should be amplified even further as unsustainable protective measures are removed. Research is being conducted in relation to wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel and hydropower, and in some cases implementation is being initiated or is already underway. The decline in the agricultural sectors, particularly with sugar cane and elimination of preferential trade agreements with the European Union, is driving the interest in bioenergy development for the electricity and transport sectors.

The overarching aim of this project was to encourage cooperation and dialogue between the countries of the region in order to facilitate more effective provision of sustainable energy services and enhance energy security. This process was executed with the expertise provided by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). Funded by the United Nations Foundation to the tune of US$140,000, within its 2-year time span the project had the following objectives:

  • Assess capacity needs of SIDS governments in order to draft a regional sustainable energy strategy
  • Support the establishment of a regional focal point and knowledge management hub for bioenergy development for power generation and for biofuels
  • Devise a set of concrete follow up actions related to bioenergy development in the region for power generation and for biofuels
  • Foster South-South cooperation activities by establishing a framework for regional and national consultations as well as the development of virtual face-to-face activities where knowledge demanders and suppliers can interact
  • Build key stakeholders’ skills and knowledge management capacity to identify the contribution and advantages of integrating energy vulnerability into their decision making process as well as promote participation in innovative public-private partnerships


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