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  • The country’s capability to use climate data for better planning will be enhanced with a $200 million allocation.
  • Further, climate change educational materials were developed, printed and distributed, including 450 fact sheets, 150 promotional T-shirts, 500 comic books pamphlets, 3,600 artistes’ cards, and a 30-minute docu-feature video.
  • The project, which is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) with funding from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was originally slated to end September 2015, but has been extended to April 2021.

The country’s capability to use climate data for better planning will be enhanced with a $200 million allocation.

The money, which has been provided in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, is to be disbursed under the Improving Climate Data and Information Management project.

Implemented in April 2013, the project seeks to improve the quality and use of climate-related data and information for effective planning and action at local and national levels.

Up to December 2015 a broad cross section of public sector, non-government organisations, farmers and community representatives were trained in using climate change scenarios for planning and decision-making.

In addition, equipment and supplies for the institutional strengthening and capacity building of the Meteorological Service Jamaica was procured; climate change handbook for journalists was updated and disseminated; and near term (2020-2040) climate scenarios have been developed for Jamaica.

Further, climate change educational materials were developed, printed and distributed, including 450 fact sheets, 150 promotional T-shirts, 500 comic books pamphlets, 3,600 artistes’ cards, and a 30-minute docu-feature video.

Anticipated physical targets for the 2016/17 period are: to establish a project management unit and commence implementation of project activities; procurement of goods and services; and engage a consultant to provide advisory services including procurement of radar and supplies.

It is also expected that workshops and consultation will be conducted with stakeholders; appropriate sites for the installation of hydro-met stations will be identified and prepared; and  a communication specialist will be engaged to develop public education materials and public awareness activities.

The project, which is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) with funding from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was originally slated to end September 2015, but has been extended to April 2021.