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Pilot projects rolled out to boost schools' resilience against climate change

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 2:43 PM
Minister with responsibility for climate change Daryl Vaz says the pilots were identified by the Jamaican Government as priority areas and welcomed the focus on the impact of climate change on farmers.

Three pilot projects, valued at over $70 million, have been rolled out across selected schools and communities in rural Jamaica to boost their resilience against the impact of climate change.

As part of the projects, solar powered irrigation systems, cutting-edge water harvesting systems and other climate smart technologies and techniques will be deployed in the selected schools and communities.

The three pilots were launched in Clarendon under the regional Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP).

National Project Coordinator for the JCCCP Eltha Brown says the pilots are being established to introduce solar powered irrigation to select farming communities in Cascade, St Ann that have been impacted by drought.

Brown says under the project water harvesting technology will be introduced in Victoria and Richmond Park in Clarendon along with model climate-smart school gardens to serve as training grounds for students, farmers and community groups.

Minister with responsibility for climate change Daryl Vaz says the pilots were identified by the Jamaican Government as priority areas and welcomed the focus on the impact of climate change on farmers.