Sun | Nov 18, 2018

Earth Today | National report on local adaptation, mitigation actions nears completion

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM
UnaMay Gordon
Dr Orville Grey (standing), senior technical officer for adaptation at the Climate Change Division, makes a presentation to the St Catherine Municipal Corporation's special meeting of the Parish Disaster Planning, Management and Safety Committee on December 12, 2017, as part of their public awareness efforts.

THE THIRD national report detailing Jamaica's progress with its climate change readiness is nearing completion.

UnaMay Gordon, head of the Climate Change Division (CCD), told The Gleaner this week that the finalisation of that report - a requirement for countries that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - is a priority for them.

"Stakeholder consultations were held in December sensitising the public on the document, which contains, among other things, mitigation scenarios that will inform the planning process for greenhouse emissions reduction in the national energy sector; information on the vulnerabilities and adaptation options ... in the sectors of human health, agriculture, water resources, coastal resources and tourism ... and Jamaica's institutional arrangements for addressing climate change," she said.

"The document is to be submitted to Cabinet for approval, and subsequent to that, a submission will be made to the UNFCCC," Gordon added.

Under the UNFCCC, both developing and developed countries are required to submit that report, referred to as a national communication on climate change.

National communications from developing countries provide information on greenhouse gas inventories, measures to mitigate and facilitate adequate adaptation to climate change, and any other information that the countries consider relevant to the achievement of the objective of the Convention.

Other priorities for the CCD in the coming months include utilising the recently signed Green Climate Fund grant agreement, valued at US582,000, for the engagement of the private sector.

The CCD boss said the grant will be used "to develop initiatives to mobilise the private sector towards developing and investing in low-carbon climate-resilient development projects that will benefit Jamaica and other CARICOM states".

"The CCD will facilitate this initiative," she noted.

Another of their priorities is the rollout of a public education and behaviour change programme, to include school tours, community meetings, competitions as well as print and broadcast media content.