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Earth Today | Island gets visit from Climate Investment Funds

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 12:16 AM
Members of the White River Fish Sanctuary pose before the project sign with the team from the IDB, CIF and the AP&FM.
Mayor of Clarendon Winston Maragh (second right) makes a point to Anaitee Mills from the IDB (second left) and Scott Vincent Andrews from the CIF (third left). The mayor and community residents spoke of the difference the new drains had made in their community. Also participating in the discussions are representatives from the AP&FM, the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and the Rocky Point Citizens Association.

JAMAICA WAS selected as one of 10 countries being visited by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in honour of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The CIF works in 72 countries globally, but only chose 10 to visit.

"We chose two of your projects out of over 300 globally," said Scott Vincent Andrews, communications officer at the CIF, while addressing stakeholders of the projects funded by the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund under Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).

The PPCR is partly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through funding from the CIF. Jamaica has five climate-change adaptation projects being implemented under the PPCR.

On October 25, Scott Vincent, accompanied by Anaitee Mills from the Kingston office of the IDB and a team from the AP&FM, visited the White River Fish Sanctuary in St Ann, which implemented a coral-replanting project that saw about 1,000 pieces of coral being replanted.

They also visited Rocky Point, Clarendon, where drainage solutions were implemented to reduce the fishing community's vul-nerability to flooding.