The Government’s efforts to Enhance the Resilience of the Agricultural Sector and Coastal Areas have been boosted with the injection of $114.3 million.
This is contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The project, which began in October 2012, aims to increase sectoral resilience and adaptive capacity to cope with the impacts of climate change by strengthening coastal protection, and building institutional and local capacity to address climate change issues.
The money for this financial year will be used for engaging a project manager and project engineer; to review and approve preliminary engineering designs and review Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the engineering works; and prepare monitoring reports for the pre-construction phase.
Achievements up to February 2013 include the preparation of a work plan for the proposed works and a detailed budget, including materials, equipment and labour needed to effect the rehabilitation of the project site.
The project is schedule to end in March 2016, and is being funded by the Government and the Adaptation Fund.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter