Antigua and Barbuda gearing up to access millions pledged at COP26

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Cabinet Notes:

The Cabinet invited three leaders from the Department of Environment, The Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture to address the body on the successes of the COP26 negotiations.

The Officials spoke of an Insurance Project that will allow farmers to insure their losses at minimal cost against extreme weather events.

Over the next two years the Division is to develop forty new projects for Antigua and Barbuda in order to access millions of dollars that have been pledged, by the major greenhouse gas polluters, to the Global Environment Facility. $2.6 million United States Dollars have been secured for distribution to Churches as shelters during Natural Disasters.

The Churches that have agreed have been identified; and the amount to be allocated has been agreed upon.

Water harvesting is also to take place at these institutions and at sporting facilities that may also serve as shelters. Antigua and Barbuda will earn carbon credits which the Government will exchange for technology.

For example, a wind turbine that saves the Government hundreds of tons of carbon dioxide by lessening reliance on fossil fuels can be sold to a Carbon-emitting country in exchange for technology.

A waste-water plant that is powered by a solar-electricity generator can indeed attract carbon credits; and, in some places where salt water has intruded into fresh water wells, desalination of the water can be undertaken using a solar-powered desalination plant.

The Prime Minister has been in touch with the Government of Japan, and so also have been the Director of the Environment Division.

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