Beijing, China:The Chinese government, through its director general in the department of treaty and law, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has promised support for Jamaica in tackling climate change.
Dr Huang HuiKang, in a meeting with Robert Pickersgill, Jamaica's climate change minister, said, "If you have any request, any assistance that you need, we would do our best to facilitate," Huang told Pickersgill.
He said his country has paid much attention to climate change and is determined to strengthen cooperation with other countries.
Pickersgill used the meeting with Huang to underscore Jamaica's commitment to tackle climate change. He said any help that can be received is greatly appreciated. He also said a policy on climate change would be going to Cabinet next week.
The minister said public education is critical to combating climate change and said he is encouraged that groups such as fisherfolk have realised the potential impact climate change can have on their livelihood.
"Mitigation is something we have to seriously focus on," Pickersgill said.
Pointing to the impact of natural disasters, Pickersgill said the cost to the country is enormous.
"Accumulatively, the GDP is distressed by climate change. Whenever we have an event, we don't have the money to do the necessary repairs so it accumulates and causes great havoc to our infrastructure, such as roads," Pickersgill said.
- Daraine Luton