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  • The Government has set aside $13.4 million to assist with the preparation of its Third National Communication (TNC) and First Biennial Update Report (BUR).
  • The funds will be used to engage a project manager; prepare and submit the first biennial update report by December 2014; and start work on the TNC report.
  • The initiative is also aimed at increasing consensus on the mainstreaming of climate change issues into relevant social, economic, scientific and environmental policies.

The Government has set aside $13.4 million to assist with the preparation of its Third National Communication (TNC) and First Biennial Update Report (BUR), to implement obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

As outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives, the funds will be used to engage a project manager; prepare and submit the first biennial update report by December 2014; and start work on the TNC report.

With assistance from the Global Environmental Facility, and the United Nations Development Programme, the project, which begins this month, is slated for completion in December 2016.

Targets include: fulfilling reporting requirements under Article 12 of the Convention with respect to national communication from Non-Annex One Parties and decisions adopted in Doha to enable the preparation of BURs; further strengthening of the technical and institutional capacities of Jamaican institutions to implement the Convention; and support for the integration of climate change considerations into national and sectoral development priorities.

It also seeks to enhance the capacity and efficiency for the continuous preparation of national communications and biennial update reports; and continue implementation of awareness activities on climate change with targeted audiences of various age groups including government officials, the private sector, civil society, and the general public.

The initiative is also aimed at increasing consensus on the mainstreaming of climate change issues into relevant social, economic, scientific and environmental policies, strategies, programmes, and projects.

It is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.