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  • A number of key sectors will benefit from technical support to boost climate change resilience under a US$19.8 million programme, which was officially launched today (September 24).
  • Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, said the initiative is integral to the country’s adaptive response to climate change and will build on the work that has already begun in fostering strong, programmatic action to address the issue.
  • The project will be executed by the Ministry, while implementation of the various components will be accomplished through collaboration with selected government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

A number of key sectors will benefit from technical support to boost climate change resilience under a US$19.8 million programme, which was officially launched today (September 24).

The project, the first Adaptation Programme implemented by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience will provide strategies and action plans for the water, health and tourism sectors, as well as coastal resources and human settlements.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, said the initiative is integral to the country’s adaptive response to climate change and will build on the work that has already begun in fostering strong, programmatic action to address the issue.

He was speaking at the launching ceremony held at Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston.

He added that through this programme, agencies and stakeholders will receive strong financial and technical support.

Mr. Pickersgill noted that an integral part of the programme is the training of all climate change focal points across ministries, as well as policy makers.

Focus will be placed on mainstreaming climate change into development planning; providing information on novel approaches including climate financing, to overcome the challenges of climate change; and disseminating lessons learned from adaptation interventions.

Importantly, the programme will also implement integrated adaptation strategies in the vulnerable Upper Rio Minho Watershed to include the implementation of land management and soil conservation measures, as well as livelihood and resilience-building activities.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill (right), has a light moment with fifth form student at Ardenne High School, Ronella Peralto, during the official launch of the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism Project at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston on Thursday, September 24.

It will also establish loan and grant financing mechanisms for the financing of adaptation initiatives by the public and private sectors and community-based organisations.

The project will be executed by the Ministry, while implementation of the various components will be accomplished through collaboration with selected government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in collaboration with the Ministry will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, and IDB Country Representative for Jamaica, Therese Turner-Jones, signed the documents formalising the funding arrangement during a brief ceremony at the Ministry in Kingston on February 24.

The IDB is providing a loan of US$10 million and a US$7.89 million grant with the Government providing counterpart financing of US$1.9 million.