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  • Grants from the GEF and the UNDP have received preliminary approval as the Government works to place Jamaica in a position to readily access climate change financing.
  • The funds will be used to implement obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • Final approval is expected before the end of June 2014, and that it is intended that the implementation of the project will commence in July of this year.

The country is expected to receive final approval for US$942,000 in grant funding this month to facilitate the preparation of Jamaica’s Third National Communication, and the Biennial Update Report to implement obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Grants of US$852,000 from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and US$90,000 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have received preliminary approval as the Government works to place Jamaica in a position to readily access climate change financing.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill made the disclosure during his recent contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

He informed that final approval is expected before the end of June 2014, and that it is intended that the implementation of the project will commence in July of this year.

UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty that was arising out of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The treaty is aimed at stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous anthropogenic interference (human impact) with the climate system.

Under the project, the Government is working to fulfil reporting requirements under Article 12 of the Convention with respect to national communication; further strengthen the technical and institutional capacities of Jamaican institutions to implement the Convention; and support the integration of climate change considerations into national and sectoral development priorities.

It also seeks to enhance the capacity and efficiency for the continuous preparation of national communications and biennial update reports; and continue implementation of awareness activities on climate change with targeted audiences of various age groups including government officials, the private sector, civil society, and the general public.

The initiative is also aimed at increasing consensus on the mainstreaming of climate change issues into relevant social, economic, scientific and environmental policies, strategies, programmes, and projects.

Pointing to other strategies the Government has been employing to ensure greater access to climate change financing, Mr. Pickersgill said his Ministry has nominated Jamaica’s focal point (change agent for climate change) to the Green Climate Fund, which is valued at US$100 billion per annum.

“It is also noteworthy that the Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States Government in July 2013 to provide technical support to my Ministry, and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies. Under this MoU, we intend among other things, to develop a Greenhouse Gas Inventory; and develop a Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS),” he informed.