Kingston, January 22, 2018
Climate change stakeholders began a three-day workshop this morning, January 22 in Kingston to review and discuss the progress of major programmes that impact climate-related issues in Jamaica as set out in the national Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR). The workshop is jointly hosted by the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Deputy Director General of the PIOJ, Ms Claire Bernard noted the importance of the review by the stakeholders to evaluate areas of progress and where more effort needs to be placed in climate-proofing Jamaica´s development under the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. Senior Technical Officer in the Climate Change Branch of the Ministry of Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Le-Anne Roper described the scope of the programmes under the oversight of the ministry, the wide range of international assistance in financing of the programmes and the importance of monitoring and reporting on the projects.
IDB Project Manager, Anaitee Mills complimented the PIOJ on placing funding where it is needed and that the workshop was important as it is checking with beneficiaries and the implementing partners. She reminded that Jamaica was one of the first countries, leading the region, in taking advantage of climate investment funds, the largest funding window for this kind of financing in the world.
Caribbean Climate Specialist, UWI Professor, Michael Taylor, reminded the group that the data shows that climate adaptation is unavoidable and overshooting on climate resilience targets is needed as the current trajectory multiplies the issues the country faces in climate change.
President of the Green Island Fisher Folk Co-operative in Hanover, Mr Balford Brown described the group's oyster farming project as their adaptation to a reduction in fishing activities.
The following days will review other projects under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR): Improving Climate Data and Information Management and Promoting Community-based Resilience in the Fisheries Sector, both funded by the World Bank; the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism funded by the Inter-American Development Bank; and the Financing Water Adaptation in Jamaica’s New Urban Housing Sector that is funded by the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience.
Jamaica’s Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR) under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) was developed within the context of Jamaica´s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, to assist with climate-proofing Jamaica´s development. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is the coordinating agency.
The SPCR and associated Investment Plan (IP) focus on Jamaica’s five priority sectors, as identified in consultative process with key stakeholders: Tourism, Agriculture & Food Security, Health, Water, and Human Settlement & Coastal Resources.
Along with the sectoral focus, key crosscutting themes will be discussed including climate change knowledge and awareness building, mainstreaming, risk information, and data collection and management.
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