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  • Work to enhance the resilience of the agricultural sector and coastal areas will continue during the next fiscal year, through a $235.9 million provision.
  • This sum is set aside in the 2020/21 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.
  • The project, which began in October 2012, is intended to safeguard livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities by improving land and water management in the agricultural sector, strengthening coastal protection, and building institutional capacity against climate change risks.

Work to enhance the resilience of the agricultural sector and coastal areas will continue during the next fiscal year, through a $235.9 million provision.

This sum is set aside in the 2020/21 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.

The project, which began in October 2012, is intended to safeguard livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities by improving land and water management in the agricultural sector, strengthening coastal protection, and building institutional capacity against climate change risks.

Out-turns up to the end of December 2019 include the completion of a communications strategy and action plan, and capacity building and training activities by the National Implementing Entity (NIE); and the conclusion of coastal infrastructure works at Annotto Bay, St. Mary; and Orange Bay and Buff Bay, Portland by the National Works Agency (NWA).

For 2020/21, the NEI will continue programme coordination and oversight, targeting the completion of community disaster risk reduction training and capacity building and developing adaptation plans for Annotto Bay.

The NWA will focus on installing 600 metres of revetment and 300 metres of artificial reef, and undertaking work to reclaim 18,000m2 of shoreline.

Additionally, some 30,000 trees are earmarked to be planted under the project, for which another $425.6 million is budgeted for the 2021/22 fiscal year.

The project is being jointly implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, National Environment and Planning Agency, and National Works Agency.

Financing is being provided by the Government of Jamaica, and the Adaptation Fund, an international facility that supports programmes and projects designed to assist developing countries adapt to the harmful effects of climate change.

After an extension, the project is now slated for completion in September 2020.

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