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  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, says Jamaica has placed much emphasis on the issue of climate change.
  • Mr. Hayles was addressing the closing ceremony of the Second Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • He pointed out that Jamaica has several successful projects on adaptation, such as the recently concluded Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, says Jamaica has placed much emphasis on the issue of climate change.

He said the country’s interest is evident in its level of certification “for our National Implementing Entity, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), very early in the day, so we could have direct access to the funding of concrete adaptation activities through the Adaptation Fund.”

“We also encouraged other small island developing states (SIDS) to do likewise and we are willing to share our experience and provide guidance where necessary,” the State Minister said.

Mr. Hayles was addressing the closing ceremony of the Second Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 22.

He pointed out that Jamaica has several successful projects on adaptation, such as the recently concluded Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project, funded by the Government, the European Union and the United Nations Environment Programme; the Pilot Project for Climate Change Resilience, funded under the Climate Investment Fund, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Community-based Adaptation Project, implemented by the GEF Small Grants Programme.

“These projects have resulted in real changes for communities and in the development of policies that take climate change into account. The Government will be using the Climate Investment Fund’s (CIF) Partnership Forum, which begins on June 23, to highlight what has been achieved through the CIF within the broader context of the country’s climate change strategy and objectives,” the State Minister said.

The closing session saw delegates working to attract private sector funding for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience projects.