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  • Phase two of the Pilot Programme for Climate Change (PPCR II) continues this year with an $18.7 million allocation, which is outlined in the 2015/ Estimates of Expenditure, now before Parliament.
  • The project, being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), aims to: enable effective planning and design of adaptation initiatives through access to climate change scenarios specific to Jamaica.
  • Targets anticipated for 2015/16 include: establishment of a Project Management Unit; commencement of the process to procure equipment and services, locally and overseas; a vulnerability assessment of the health sector; and public awareness and communication activities being conducted.

Phase two of the Pilot Programme for Climate Change (PPCR II) continues this year with an $18.7 million allocation, which is outlined in the 2015/ Estimates of Expenditure, now before Parliament.

The project, being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), aims to: enable effective planning and design of adaptation initiatives through access to climate change scenarios specific to Jamaica; and use climate scenarios generated to assess the expected consequence of climate change for each priority sector, and utilize assessments to develop sector-based methodologies for climate resilient planning and decision making.

It will also facilitate a detailed vulnerability assessment of the health sector to generate information needed to improve its resilience by climate proofing healthcare facilities; and improve knowledge, attitude, and practices of the public on climate change.

Achievements up to September 2014 include: completion of four consultancies to address preparation of project proposal documents; assessment of existing technical, institutional, and human resource capacity of the national meteorological and hydrological services, among other inputs; and the development of near term climate scenarios for Jamaica.

Also achieved were: completion of training of a wide cross-section of public sector, non-governmental organization (NGO), and community representatives in using climate change scenarios for planning and decision making; procurement of equipment and supplies for the institutional strengthening and capacity building of the Meteorological Service; and a climate change education and awareness campaign conducted, targeting 2,590 students, farmers, and community leaders and members.

Targets anticipated for 2015/16 include: establishment of a Project Management Unit; commencement of the process to procure equipment and services, locally and overseas; a vulnerability assessment of the health sector; and public awareness and communication activities being conducted.

The project, which commenced in April 2013 and runs until March 2018, is being funded by the World Bank.