Jamaica's capacity to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change has been strengthened over the last three years, through three community-based pilot programmes that were implemented at a cost of approximatelyJ $78 million under the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Project (JCCCP).
The programmes, which focused on the areas of sustainable agriculture, water resource management, renewable energy and energy efficiency, were geared towards building resilience to climate change among the most vulnerable.
The JCCCP, which is being implemented in eight countries in the Caribbean, aims to assist countries to enhance their capacities and capabilities in climate-change adaptation and mitigation through the development of policies and application of low-emission, climate-resilient technologies.
The local component has now ended.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, said the project was crucial given the continued impact of climate change, including stronger hurricances, and more unpredictable weather.
The issue, he said, was brought starkly into focus earlier this week with the detsruction caused by Category Five Hurricane Dorian, which destroyed sections of The Bahamas, killing five persons in its wake.
'Our vulnerability, therefore, to the impacts of climate change cannot be questioned and, as such, we fully recognise that we must seize every opportunity to establish partnerships to address the challenges,' he said.
He was speaking at an information-sharing and closing forum for the Jamaica component of the JCCCP, on Wednesday .
Vaz said that the project delivered tangible benefits to the target communities through the pilot initiatives.
These included water harvesting infrastructure complemented with training in various aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies at over 70 locations islandwide that offer secondary and vocational training.
In addition, 50 farmers in northern parish of St. Ann have been direct recipients of rainwater harvesting infrastructure and awareness raising of the negative effects of climate change on their livelihoods and training in strategies to combat these negative effects.
'In Clarendon, the JCCCP partnered with the Government and community groups to rehabilitate two concrete water-catchment tanks to provide potable water to communities that did not have...