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  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, has lauded the positive impact Jamaica’s partnership with the Climate Investment Fund (CIF).
  • Mr. Hayles stated that Jamaica has benefitted greatly from its participation in phase one of the CIF’s Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) projects.
  • The CIF has allocated US$50 million to the initiative.

Minister of State in the Ministry of  Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, has lauded the positive impact Jamaica’s partnership with the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) has had on the country’s climate change strategy and objectives.

In an interview with the JIS, Mr. Hayles stated that Jamaica has benefitted greatly from its participation in phase one of the CIF’s Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) projects. The CIF has allocated US$50 million to the initiative.

He said the investment has helped Jamaica to develop a programmatic approach to climate change adaptation, through the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR). It has also facilitated the improvement for the country’s hydrolgical and meteorological (hydromet) network with the installation of 20 automatic weather stations, and related equipment.

Mr. Hayles said the partnership has also resulted in the initialisation of the Damage Assessment Information System to improve disaster organisations’ capacity for post disaster data collection.

A handbook for Socio-economic and Environmental Post Disaster Impact Assessment and also been developed and commissioned.

Minister Hayles had earlier delivered the opening remarks at the opening plenary of the Fifth Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Partnership Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Monday, June 23.

More than 500 participants including climate change innovators, policy makers, entrepreneurs, financiers, social advocates, and researchers from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America were in the island for the two-day forum which ended on Tuesday, June 24. Some 48 pilot countries and 14 contributing countries are participating in the discussions.

The Partnership Forum is being co-hosted by the CIF’s Administrative Unit and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), under the auspices of the Government of Jamaica.