Saturday, June 7, 2008

Jamaica takes measures to adapt

Jamaica Information Service: Several initiatives are being implemented by the [Jamaican] Government to enable the country to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. Health and Environment Minister, Rudyard Spencer, speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 3), said that adaptation planning continues to be the main area of focus to address the impacts of climate change in Jamaica.

"Work started in 2007 on the preparation of Jamaica's second National Communication on Climate Change, which is expected to be completed in 2009. This report will update the First National Communication and will set out the vulnerability and adaptation options in the water resources, coastal zone, human health, human settlement and agriculture sectors," he explained.

Also, the implementation of a community-based adaptation project, under the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme began in 2007, with the aim of reducing vulnerability and enhancing the capacity of selected communities to adapt to climate change and variability…

Jamaica from space, NASA/GSFC, Wikimedia Commons

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