Caribbean Citizen Advisory Group


The US-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030) is the Biden-Harris Administration’s flagship initiative to support climate adaptation, resilience, and clean energy across the Caribbean region. Parts of the initiative have entered into the implementation phase, with technical assistance, trainings, and stakeholder conferences already underway with both private sector and national-level entities.

Still missing in the strategy, however, are participatory mechanisms to facilitate meaningful involvement of local communities to ensure inclusion and inform on-the-ground implementation. PACC 2030’s focus on national governments and the private sector certainly targets two highly relevant changemakers, yet the strategy overlooks regional and national disparities regarding race, gender, and cultural diversity or socioeconomic inequities. Moreover, it does it acknowledge the lasting impacts of the region’s experience of colonialism and neo-colonialism.

PACC 2030 will not achieve its desired ends unless it also meaningfully engages civil society, given that the impacts of climate change often overlap with and deepen existing inequities along the lines of race and ethnicity, colorism, socioeconomic status, and gender. Tackling this blind spot requires facilitating the participation of historically marginalized groups such as women, youth, and rural populations, including subsistence farmers, who are already disproportionately experiencing the impacts of climate change.

The purpose of the Citizen Advisory Group is thereby to facilitate this participation in the policy process and to ensure that PACC 2030 is implemented:  

  1. Alongside targeted outreach, consultations, and trainings to significantly engage subnational marginalized populations to address their needs, particularly women, youth, subsistence farmers, small business owners, and Indigenous peoples and other ethnic group representatives.
  2. In a way that incorporates local wisdom, particularly intergenerational ecological knowledge and practices. Meaningful local involvement and participation is vital to create a bridge between community needs and understanding of sustainability with technocratic knowledge and best practices. Policy implementation is not value free and must be enriched by local wisdom and values to ensure a customized vision of sustainable development with local buy-in and durability.  

Organized by the Dialogue’s Energy Transition & Climate Program, the Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) will meet three times between September 2023 and February 2024 to gather civil society input for a final report on climate justice and marginalized identities in the Caribbean. CAG members include a diverse group of civil society voices from across the Caribbean, including representatives from environmental and climate organizations, rural and Indigenous leaders, members of economic and social development groups, activists for women and youth, and educators. For a full list of members, see Anchorbelow.



First Meeting

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 

September 28, 2023


The Caribbean Citizen Advisory Group held three meetings focusing on defining “climate justice” together and evaluating the pillars of PACC 2030.

During the first meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, participants agreed that “climate justice” should guide decision-making and project planning. They saw it as having two dimensions: procedural and outcome-based. Procedurally, it involves recognizing and addressing the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on vulnerable communities. Outcome-wise, it aims for fair outcomes that uplift marginalized groups as climate challenges are tackled. They also discussed Pillar I of PACC 2030: Improving Access to Climate Financing. Participants emphasized a pervasive lack of trust towards the United States, hindering acceptance of US climate finance measures. They stressed the need for the financing system to avoid indebting vulnerable Caribbean countries and called for accountability and transparency.

Picture of the second virtual CAG meeting.


Second Meeting

Online Event

November 10, 2023

In subsequent meetings, participants delved into Pillar II: Food Security & Climate Adaptation and Resilience, and Pillar III: Facilitating Clean Energy Project Development & Investment. Regarding the second pillar, they expressed surprise at being unaware of many highlighted programs, considering the small size of their islands. They also noted challenges in implementing food security programs, with government rules often favoring large-scale farmers over smaller ones. Many felt the pillar overlooked critical issues like soil health and food export difficulties.


Picture of the third online meeting


Third Meeting

Online Event

February 9 & 16, 2023



Discussing the third pillar, participants highlighted the disproportionately high electricity prices in the Caribbean, outdated and underfunded power systems, and limited renewable energy capacity. They cited corruption, lack of political will, and counterproductive subsidies as contributing factors. They urged PACC 2030 initiatives to address these challenges.

Citizen Advisors

Stacey-Ann Pi Osoria, Founder, Emergency Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

Tamisha Lee, President, Jamaican Network of Rural Women Producers, Jamaica

Immaculata Casimero, Communications Officer, South Rupununi District Council; Member, Wapichan Wiizi Women’s Movement, Guyana

Brandon Walker, Founder and President, barbudanGO, Antigua and Barbuda

Ifáṣínà Efunyemi, Teacher of History and Caribbean Studies, Ecumenical Junior College, Belize

Christine Samwaroo, Founder, The Breadfruit Collective, Guyana

Eduardo Julia, Vice Director for Strategic Issues, Fundación Sur Futuro, Dominican Republic

Richard Jones, Officer-in-Charge, Caribbean Policy Development Centre, Barbados

Ché Greenidge, Executive Director, Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust, Barbados

Ardene Sirjoo, Communications Lead, The Cropper Foundation, Trinidad and Tobago

Ainka Granderson, Resilience Program Lead, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Trinidad and Tobago

Sandra Prospere, Chairperson, Fond St. Jacques, St. Lucia

Naomi Bannis, President, Anse Kounari Tourism Association, Dominica

Ayesha Constable, Founder, Young People for Climate Action; Co-founder, GirlsCARE, Jamaica

Keithlin Caroo, Founding and Executive Director, Helen’s Daughters, St. Lucia


Impactos climáticos y resiliencia en la República Dominicana

July 6, 2023 Daniela Stevens | Fundación Propagas, UCE


What Can a U.S.-Caribbean Energy Alliance Achieve?

June 23, 2022 | John Kerry, Riyad Insanally, R. Kirk Sherr, Steven Debipersad, Cletus I. Springer Latin America Advisor


La gravedad del cambio climático en el Caribe y algunas recomendaciones para mitigar sus impactos

June 10, 2020 | Omar Urdaneta




Inter-American Dialogue Collaborates to Promote Climate Justice

September 29, 2023 | TTT Live Online




EMATT Partners with US Think-Tank on Climate Change

September 28, 2023 | Ryan Hamilton-Davis | Trinidad and Tobago Newsday



The Caribbean Citizen Advisory Group is possible thanks to the generous support of the Open Society Foundations. The Inter-American Dialogue is a non-partisan organization deeply committed to intellectual independence. While donors are encouraged to participate in our activities, funders do not and have never influenced our research or programs. Our directors, members, staff, and constituents represent many views and our funding sources are diverse. All contributions conform to the Dialogue’s internal donor guidelines and US tax laws. The Dialogue is transparent in listing all donors in our Annual Report and on our website. Additionally, 990s are readily available to any individual or organization upon request.


Daniela Stevens

Director, Energy Transition & Climate Program |