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  • The Government has allocated $15 million to protect the livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities.
  • This will be done by improving land and water management for the agricultural sector, strengthening coastal protection and building institutional and local capacity for climate change adaptation.
  • Details are given in the Estimates of Expenditure for 2015/16, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 19 by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.

The Government has allocated $15 million to protect the livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities.

This will be done by improving land and water management for the agricultural sector, strengthening coastal protection and building institutional and local capacity for climate change adaptation.

Details are given in the Estimates of Expenditure for 2015/16, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 19 by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.

Objectives of the project are to: develop training and communication plans; training manuals for training of local communities; host stakeholder consultations; hire a research and project assistant; design and administer Knowledge Attitude Practice (KAP) surveys.

Other objectives include: conducting Regulatory Impact Survey; developing technical standards and guidelines for beach restoration; conducting bathymetric and topographic surveys; conducting storm surge and flood plain modelling; developing adaptation plans; developing a Climate Risk Atlas; and training communities in disaster risk management and natural resource management.

Up to December 2014, the programme has achieved:  six stakeholder sensitisation sessions conducted; completion of asset mapping; KAP Survey conducted; community hazard mapping conducted; storm surge modelling completed; and 1 training session on disaster risk reduction conducted.

Anticipated targets for the 2015/16 fiscal year include the training of four communities in Westmoreland in Disaster Risk Mitigation; and a consultant will be hired to do Natural Resource Management Training.

There will also be the development of key climate adaptation measures, documents, lessons learnt and recommendations for sustainability; and the preparation of an integrated adaptation strategy and action plan.

An additional target is to complete asset mapping and vulnerability assessments for Climate Risk Atlas.

The programme is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, with funding from the Adaptation Fund.