Japan Caribbean climate change project invests $72m in Jamaica

Japan Caribbean climate change project invests $72m in Jamaica

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will this morning launch the Jamaican component of the US$15-million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) at the Spanish Court Hotel.

The project will award $72 million to two vulnerable communities to support on-the-ground work to help them cope with the effects of climate change. In addition, financial and technical support will be provided to address barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies, and to build Jamaica’s own capacity to implement its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions and National Adaptation Plan.

The Jamaica launch — which will have minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz, UNDP Resident Representative Bruno Pouezat, and Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica Masanori Nakano in attendance — is a part of three days of activities under the local J-CCCP component, including national level consultations with stakeholders, meetings with GOJ counterparts, and community site visits.

The programme of work under the J-CCCP is in line with the recently signed Paris Agreement on Climate Change to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The J-CCCP is a regional initiative working in eight Caribbean countries, with a regional project management unit based at UNDP’s Barbados office. Jamaica’s local project manager is based in the UNDP Jamaica Country Office.

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