Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership launched in Jamaica
THE United Nations Development Programme yesterday launched the Jamaica component of the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP), designed to "bring together policymakers, experts and representatives of communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technology incubation and diffusion".
Under the JCCCP, Jamaica is to receive USD1.8 million of the USD15 million earmarked for eight Caribbean islands to help with climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Six hundred thousand of that sum is to go toward community-based pilot projects that are to be developed along the lines of sustainable agriculture and water resource management.
"These projects will benefit the communities by introducing technologies which will improve livelihoods of residents through job provision and income generation for hundreds of beneficiaries," said a document prepared by the project team.
The additional funds are to be allocated for support of the island's adaptation and mitigation planning, helping in the coordination of the development and implementation of adaptation sector plans and overall nationally appropriate mitigation actions.
"We are at the point now where we need to stop thinking about how big the problem is and look at how the problems can be solved," said Gerald Lindo, chief technical officer with responsibility for mitigation in the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, speaking at the launch.
According to Lindo, it is critical now to look at how job creation and other national growth objectives can be met, even in the context of climate change and the challenges from sea level rise to warmer global temperatures and the associated socio-economic and health impacts it presents.
"This project really does go a very far way in helping us to answer that," he said.