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  • The Government has allocated $14.3 million in the 2014/2015 Budget to protect a number of coastal communities in Negril from flooding.
  • The project will enable persons to protect their livelihoods and food security.
  • A work plan with NEPA and ODEPM has been developed, and a project officer position filled.

The Government has allocated $14.3 million in the 2014/2015 Budget to protect a number of coastal communities in Negril from flooding and other natural disasters.

The project, to be managed by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), will enable persons to protect their livelihoods and food security, as improvement to land and water for the agricultural sector will be done, as well as institutional building for climate change adaptation.

Measures to be developed include: development of technical standards and guidelines for beach restoration; development of climate risk atlas; training of persons in disaster risk management and natural resource management; and development of communications plans and training manuals for the communities.

So far, a work plan with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODEPM) has been developed, and a project officer position filled.

Also, six stakeholder sensitizations have been conducted; asset mapping exercise completed; knowledge, attitude and practices survey conducted; and a community hazard mapping conducted.