Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jamaica secures financing for climate change project

Petre Williams-Raynor in the Jamaica Observer: Jamaica is shortly to be provided with almost US$10 million from the Adaptation Fund after its proposal for a programme to help Trelawny and six other parishes deal with the impact of climate change won international approval.

The island's proposal was among 14 others and three concepts from countries across the developing world to go before the 32-member Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) at their meeting in Bonn, Germany last month.

Hopeton Peterson, manager for sustainable development and regional planning at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), which has responsibility for the programme, said the approval was a welcome one following a rigorous application process.

...The Jamaican initiative — titled "Enhancing the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector and Coastal Areas to Protect Livelihoods and Improve Food Security — has as its objectives:
  • increasing the climate resilience of the Negril coastline;
  • enhancing the climate resilience of the agriculture sector by improving water and land management in select communities; and
  • improving institutional and local level capacity for sustainable management of the natural resources and disaster risk reduction in the targeted vulnerable areas.
Part of the Negril coast, shot by Alphakaya, public domain

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