Japan to give Jamaica $220M to tackle climate change


June 03, 2016
Daryl Vaz

The Japan Government has earmarked approximately US$1.8 million (J$220 million) through the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) to provide assistance to Jamaica in climate-change mitigation and adaptation.

Approximately $73 million of that sum will be provided to support on-the-ground work to help communities' efforts to cope with the effects of climate change.

Another portion of the money will be allocated at the national level to address barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies and to build Jamaica's own capacity to implement nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and a National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

Speaking at the launch of the local component of the project at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday, the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, emphasised the partnership's importance to Jamaica.

"This project is critical as climate change has far-reaching implications, particularly its impact on the livelihoods of Jamaicans as well as the country's sustainable development goals," Vaz said.

"Under the J-CCCP, community-based projects will include sustainable agriculture and water-resource management. These projects will benefit the communities by introducing technologies that will improve the livelihoods of residents through job provision and income generation."

The Jamaica component forms part of the larger regional project in which Japan will spend US$15 million in eight other Caribbean countries, namely Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname. The project is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

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