51 new grants awarded for climate change adaptation

Monday, October 23, 2017

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FIFTY-ONE community and civil society organisations will be implementing projects to boost climate change adaptation in Jamaica after being awarded grants totalling $228-million under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF) — one of two funding mechanisms under the Adaptation Programme and Finance Mechanism (AP&FM) Project of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).

“We are very excited that the AP&FM-PPCR is out there in the field, across the nooks and crannies of Jamaica, making its mark in building adaptation capacities. We are happy to be partnering with the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), which is administering the funds on behalf of the project, to ensure that Jamaica can adapt to adverse climate impacts,” said Dr Winsome Townsend, project manager of the AP&FM.

In July 2016 the AP&FM collaborated with the EFJ to start providing grant financing to community-based and sector-driven adaptation initiatives islandwide. The SCCAF is financed by the Climate Investment Fund and disbursed through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in the amount of US$4.7 million. In order to qualify for the grants interested entities responded to a call for proposals put out by the EFJ.

From the call for proposals in 2016 EFJ got 81 proposals, and 29 were funded. For 2017's call 118 proposals were received and 51 have been approved. Approximately $361.56 million has been allocated to the 80 approved projects.

“We will be signing the grant agreements with the 51 successful organisations on October 24. At that time, we will also be doing some training with them to build their capacity to administer the grants,” said Barrington Lewis, chief executive officer at EFJ.

Collectively, of the 80 projects awarded, five parishes received 72.5 per cent of the grants – Manchester, 20 per cent (16 projects); Clarendon, 16.25 per cent (13 projects); St Andrew, 13.75 per cent (11 projects); St Ann, 12.50 per cent (10 projects); and St Elizabeth, 10 per cent (eight projects).

The projects will help to reduce Jamaica's vulnerability to climate change. The island has been experiencing impacts, such as stronger hurricanes, severe flooding, prolonged droughts and sea level rise. Between 2001 and 2012 Jamaica experienced 11 storm events (including five major hurricanes) and several flood events — loss and damage amounting to about $128.54 billion.

The Government, IDB and the World Bank developed Jamaica's PPCR to help the country to strengthen its climate resilience through enhancing adaptive capacity across priority sectors. Jamaica's PPCR has five projects being implemented to address varying areas of vulnerability.

The AP&FM works to help Jamaica adjust more easily to climate change. It supports the integration of climate change issues into development planning by government agencies. It also provides funds for climate change adaptation work in small and medium businesses as well as communities islandwide. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and is funded to the tune of US$19,869,963 by the Climate Investment Fund through the IDB and the Government of Jamaica.




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