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  • The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has received $18 million to continue the implementation of the project to enhance the resilience of the agricultural sector and coastal areas.
  • Details are included in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
  • The project, which commenced in 2012, aims to protect livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities by: improving land and water management in the agricultural sector; strengthening coastal protection; and building institutional capacity against climate change risks.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has received $18 million to continue the implementation of the project to enhance the resilience of the agricultural sector and coastal areas.

Details are included in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project, which commenced in 2012, aims to protect livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities by: improving land and water management in the agricultural sector; strengthening coastal protection; and building institutional capacity against climate change risks.

Achievements up to December 2014 included: accreditation of the PIOJ as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) by the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB); establishment of a Programme Management Unit (PMU); development and finalisation of a programme proposal, inclusive of an engineering study for the installation of submerged breakwaters in Negril, Westmoreland; implementation of capacity building and training initiatives; preparation of a branding proposal and communication strategy; convening of a national stakeholders’ consultation; and facilitation of portfolio monitoring mission from the AFB.

One of the targets for 2015/16 includes: programme execution oversight by the PIOJ, as the NIE, at a cost of $13 million.

This will entail: continued implementation of programme activities, including monitoring; and monitoring the programme’s implementation within the Ministries of Tourism and Entertainment; Agriculture and Fisheries; and Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.

Also targeted is implementation of the public awareness and communication campaign, at a cost of $3 million; and a programme audit and closure at a cost of $2 million.

The latter engagement will see the services of a consultant being engaged to conduct an external audit.

The project, which ends in March 2016, is being financed by the Adaptation Fund, which supports projects and programmes aimed at helping developing countries to adapt to the harmful effects of climate change.

The Fund was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).