Government moves full throttle on climate change policy
With the ink now dry on Jamaica's Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan, the island's Climate Change Division (CCD) is to drive the realisation of its goals.
"We never did have a launch of the policy framework per se, but Minister (of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill) did speak to [its completion]. The Climate Change Division will now drive the implementation," Colonel Oral Khan, the ministry's chief technical director, told The Gleaner.
Khan added that the publication of the policy was expedited last September, following the inclusion of comments from public consultations done, final approval from Cabinet and some three years of work.
"Some of the priorities highlighted include the mainstreaming of climate change in policy and development planning frameworks, and we have started that process," noted CCD head Albert Daley.
According to Daley, "There is a 2015 to 2018 framework which highlights the priority actions to be done and who is to do them, timelines, and so on.
"We have been working closely with the Planning Institute of Jamaica to ensure climate-change concerns are reflected in the actions for the various sectors," he noted.
WORK IN PROGRESS
As things stand, there are a number of adaptation and mitigation sector plans on which work has been ongoing.
The policy was made possible through the Government of Jamaica/European Union/United Nations Development Programme Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction project, funded by the EU under the Global Climate Change Alliance.
In addition to facilitating and coordinating the national response to the impacts of climate change and promoting low-carbon development, the 36-page policy is to:
- mobilise climate financing for adaptation and mitigation initiatives; and
- improve communication at all levels on climate-change impacts and also adaptation- and mitigation-related opportunities so that decision makers and the general public will be better informed.
This is while mainstreaming climate-change considerations and supporting those institutions, including research entities that would enable that process.