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  • A sum of $23.5 million has been budgeted to continue implementation of Phase Two of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCRII) by the PIOJ, this year.
  • The PPG will facilitate technical studies being conducted, as well as finance consultancies to prepare the programme’s appraisal document.
  • Additionally, it seeks to use climate scenarios generated to assess the anticipated consequences of climate change for each priority sector.

A sum of $23.5 million has been budgeted in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee, to continue implementation of Phase Two of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCRII) by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), this year.

The allocation will provide funding for a Programme Preparation Grant (PPG), and implementation of the first of several Investment Proposal facilities for improving climate data and information management.

The PPG will facilitate technical studies being conducted, as well as finance consultancies to prepare the programme’s appraisal document, project operations manual, and other documentation, for approval by the World Bank, which, along with the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), is financing the undertaking. The PPG will also fund a number of early interventions on which the project is built.

Investment Proposal I aims to improve the quality of climate information for effective planning and action at the local and national levels; strengthen Jamaica’s meteorological observation and data collection systems to enhance climate monitoring, weather forecasting, and early warning systems; and enable effective planning and designing of adaptation, through access to climate change scenarios specific to Jamaica, including those for priority sectors.

Additionally, it seeks to use climate scenarios generated to assess the anticipated consequences of climate change for each priority sector and utilise assessments to develop sector-based methodologies for climate resilient planning and decision making; facilitate detailed vulnerability assessment of the health sector to generate information needed to improve the sector’s resilience by climate-proofing health care facilities; and improving knowledge, attitudes, and practices by the public on climate change.

Achievements recorded since the programme’s commencement in April 2013, include: the staging of six consultations, from which four reports have been generated that will be incorporated in the project appraisal document, and operations manual.

It is anticipated that during 2014/15, near term climate scenarios, specifically related to watersheds in the Rio Minho, Rio Bueno, and White Rivers will be developed, as also materials, and an awareness campaign under the PPG.

Activities under Investment Proposal I are expected to include: establishment of a project management unit; and commencement of the tender process to acquire equipment and other services, locally and overseas.

The PPCR II is slated to run until March 2018.