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The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, is receiving assistance from the United States (US) Government in developing a climate finance strategy.

“This will help us in identifying options for the financing of vital mitigation and adaptation projects,” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill said on Wednesday, June 26, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

This assistance falls under the Analysis and Investment for Low-Emission Growth (AILEG) component of the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) programme.

The initiative supports developing countries’ efforts to pursue long-term, transformative development and accelerate sustainable, climate-resilient economic growth, while at the same time, slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions.

“We will also be assisted in reviewing the use of economic modelling to take better account of the impacts of climate change in our planning,” the Minister informed.

The assistance will also make provision for two pilot communities to prepare strategic plans for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

“The communities of Princess Field and Content in St. Catherine were selected for this intervention through a competitive bidding process,” Minister Pickersgill informed.

Activities under AILEG will also conclude with a national symposium to be held in Kingston from July 9 to 10.

Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards

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