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Climate change park to get $34m boost

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Government has allocated $34 million to undertake work at the Portmore Hagen Climate Change Park in St Catherine.

As outlined in the 2016-2017 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the project aims to provide recreational space for relaxation, act as an educational tool to illustrate the generation and use of renewable energy, while reducing the carbon footprint.

It also aims to inspire and motivate behavioural change among citizens of Portmore and its environs for the practise of more responsible behaviour in support of the environment.

Anticipated targets for this fiscal year include development of a landscape plan, completion of detailed architectural design, development and preparation of the bill of quantities and tender document, and carrying out detailed site assessment and land surveying.

It is anticipated that tenders will be invited, with the contract awarded, and work to commence on the construction of gazebos, shops, maintenance buildings, as well as the establishment of irrigation and recycling systems.

The project is expected to end in March 2018, and is being funded by the government of Germany.