KINGSTON — The Government has allotted some $224 million to a pilot programme focused on mainstreaming climate resilience in the national policy-making process.
The funds have been set aside in the 2011/2012 Estimates of Expenditure, which were tabled in the House of Representatives on April 14 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw.
The initiative seeks to implement aspects of Jamaica’s Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience over three to four years; develop institutional capacity of organisations engaged in development, planning, and policy making; promote climate change awareness and action; and scale up climate change adaptation initiatives.
Anticipated targets for the period are: completion of three studies/reports/surveys by August 2011; development of a strategic programme for climate resilience; development of five project proposals for funding; development of a communication strategy for climate resilience; acquisition and installation of climate data collection equipment; and commencement of implementation of climate change awareness and education initiatives.
The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is providing $213.5 million of the funding. The CIF, which was approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors in 2008, represents the collaborative efforts of the multilateral development banks and countries. Some 45 developing countries are being assisted to pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient projects under the CIF.
By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter