6th Edition | June 10, 2020
The Caribbean Corporative MRV Hub is a sustainable cooperative institution for conducting climate change relevant MRV in the Caribbean that generates objective data for use by Caribbean nations.
As part of The MRV Hub's commitment to keeping our members and interested parties updated we are pleased to share with you the MRV Hub Newsletter for June 2020 (6th Edition).

 Wiley Barbour, Sr. Project Director
Covid-19 Update
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and affect millions of people internationally and in the Caribbean, The MRV Hub and its implementing partners (WINDREF, GHGMI, UNFCCC’s St. George’s RCC and UNDP) reconfirm our commitment to the region. We stand by our mission to foster regional and technical excellence while generating stronger policy relevant carbon accounting and member country development of green-house gas inventories.
 
In this regard we will soon launch a series of online capacity building courses as part of The MRV Hub Summer Academy (read more in this newsletter) while continuing our regional and country-based engagements.
 
On behalf of The MRV Hub’s steering committee, project staff and partner network we would like to extend our gratitude for your continued efforts in the fight against Covid-19 while always remaining focused on positive and sustainable climate actions.
Cooperative Membership
We are very thankful to all our Country participants for advancing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) through internal legal review processes. To date we have 11 fully signed and executed MOUs, representing approximately 92% completed for The MRV Hub membership. We will continue to work closely with the remaining country to have the last MOU completed.
Annual Meeting 2020, Barbados

March 11-12, 2020, Bridgetown, Barbados – The MRV Hub, held its second annual meeting supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Global Support Programme (GSP). The MRV Hub updated the Caribbean stakeholders on: its progress and plans; activities carried out over the last year; the expected outputs in 2020; and introduced participants to its three-pronged operational model while using the meeting as a landscape for the fostering of critical connections and knowledge exchange.


Summer Academy 2020
The MRV Hub Summer Academy 2020 program will commence the week of June 15th, beginning with online training on the basics of national greenhouse gas inventory preparation and measurement. We congratulate the thirty trainees that were nominated by their National MRV Hub Focal Point, applied, and have been accepted into the program. Trainees will complete the online section in August. A following in-person section on sector-specific GHG inventory methods will follow in Grenada (dates yet TBD, pending COVID-19 safety and travel restrictions).
Work Crew Update  
The MRV Hub’s four initial Work Crews continue to make good progress and will soon be reaching out to seek broader county participation in their work. Participation will provide training opportunities and enhance technical capacity among your country’s MRV and mitigation experts. The work crews will generate MRV outputs directly relevant to your national data needs and UNFCCC reporting requirements. We hope you’ll join us in this collective effort.
 
Participants at the Annual Meeting broadly supported the scope and plans for each of the work crews. With this endorsement, it is now time to invite broader participation in the initial Work Crews. We have a limited number of paid, short-term fellowship and internship positions we can offer to Development team members. We will be in touch in the coming weeks to seek your participation in the Work Crews.

Caribbean Exchange on applying ICTU Guidance for NDCs
May 26, 2020, Online - The MRV Hub participated in this first virtual exchange focused on NDC submission process and Information to facilitate Clarity, Transparency and Understanding (ICTU) guidance for NDCs.


COP25
December 2-13, 2019, Madrid, Spain - At COP25, The MRV Hub hosted a range of presentations discussing MRV systems, how we can create those systems, and what are the key factors that make the systems successful. MRV Hub speakers across these events included Mr. Lennox Gladden (Belize), Ms. Roxie Hutchinson (Grenada), Mr. Carlos Fuller (CCCCC), Ms. Molly White (GHGMI), and Dr. Hugh Sealy (UWI). The MRV Hub also hosted its 3 rd Provisional Steering Committee Meeting, co-organized an exhibit booth, and represented the project at the International Climate Initiative (IKI) NDC Support Cluster Meeting.

Caribbean MRV Event Calendar
Over the past several months as our team has interacted with The MRV Hub network, we have collected and recorded information relating to meetings and events in the region. A " Caribbean Event Calendar " has been created and is posted on our webpage.
 
Please feel free to send us any important dates we may have missed or as events and meetings are announced.
Wiley Barbour Profile Pic 2020
Meet the MRV Hub Network

Wiley Barbour has been involved with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute since its founding and currently serves as a Senior Project Director and Software Evaluator. Wiley also leads the MRV Hub Team as Project Director.

About his current work he says, "Serving as the Project Director for the Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub is the most challenging and fulfilling job I have ever had; I love working with and for the people in the Caribbean and together we are building a sustainable institution that will benefit the region and serve as a model for other parts of the World as well."


Regional Recognition
The following countries have recently submitted UNFCCC reporting:

Grenada NC2
Dominica NC3
Antigua and Barbuda BUR1

The MRV Hub Newsletter is issued monthly and seeks to share important information about the Caribbean Cooperative Measurement, Reporting and Verification Hub (CCMRVH, or "The MRV Hub"). If you have items of interest you would like us to share please email us and we will consider including it in the next newsletter.

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The CCMRVH is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag, with additional resources and technical support provided by the UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme.