Prime Minister Bruce Golding will launch a multi-million dollar programme aimed at strengthening Jamaica's resilience to climate change and other environmental hazards.
The Jamaica House launch on Wednesday Febuary 2 will introduce the programme that will run for two years and will be largely funded by the European Union.
The programme includes projects that will protect jobs and lives through the restoration and protection of shoreline ecosystems; the reduction of surface water runoff in watershed areas; and encouraging better management of hillsides and beaches. A stated benefit of the programme is that there will be a reduced need to source funding for disaster recovery projects.
Known as the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project (EU/UNEP/GOJ), the project will be co-managed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), as implementing agency, and also the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP.
Other partners are the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA); the Environmental Management Division, Office of the Prime Minister (EMD, OPM); Forestry Department (FD); and the Meteorological Services Jamaica.
Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister