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Caribbean

GIZ is active with projects and programs in the following countries:
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Barbados
• Dominica
• Dominican Republic
• Grenada
• Guyana
• Haiti
• Jamaica
• St. Kitts and Nevis
• St. Lucia
• St. Martin
• St. Vincent and the Grenadines

GIZ does not currently have its own country office in Belize. The GIZ country office in Guatemala is therefore also responsible for Belize.

The Caribbean is one of the regions most severely affected by climate change. The biodiversity of the region with its coral reefs, mangroves and tropical forests is threatened by overload, warming and acidification of the oceans. The population of the islands and archipelagos is particularly hard hit by droughts, heavy rain, cyclones and other consequences of climate change.

The Caribbean countries mainly use fossil fuels (coal, oil, diesel, natural gas) for their energy supply, the import of which causes high costs and prevents necessary public investments. In addition, the energy supply is not yet designed for extreme weather, which leads to bottlenecks and sometimes months of power outages in the region.

The main client for GIZ's activities in the region is the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In addition, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the European Union commission projects in the region. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is one of the regional partners. GIZ is also active in binational cooperation with Haiti and in cross-border projects between the country and the Dominican Republic.

GIZ's activities in the region focus on:

  • Environmental policy, protection and sustainable use of natural resources
  • renewable energies and energy efficiency

In the area of ​​environmental policy and resources, GIZ's work helps to increase the resistance of the Caribbean countries to climate change and to protect biological diversity. To this end, GIZ supports local authorities and protected areas with advice and training on systemic resource management. Another project in the Dominican Republic and Haiti promotes the cross-border protection of protected areas as well as binational research and education initiatives.

With a focus on renewable energies and energy efficiency, GIZ is working to reduce the Caribbean countries' dependence on fossil fuel imports. This includes, for example, the advanced training of specialists in the field of renewable energies. Another project promotes the conversion to a more resilient energy infrastructure and the networking of politics, science and industry for a coherent energy policy.