Bush Fire Project Allocated $19 Million


The Government has allocated $19.5 million to a project that will enhance Jamaica’s resilience to bush fire hazards and reduce their negative impact on economic activities and livelihoods, infrastructure, human welfare and life.

The allocation for the project, titled ‘Developing a Comprehensive Bush Fire Warning Index for Effective Bush Fire Management’, is outlined in the Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

Funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the project is to be implemented by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica and will run from April 2017 to November 2018.

The targets for the project include: the development of a multi-criteria model for bush fire prediction; procurement and installation of equipment in two monitoring sites; development of a common alerting protocol to include alert levels, warning dissemination and roles and responsibilities of key actors; and conduct a public education and awareness campaign on bush fires.

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