$6.8m for Jamaica to tackle climate change

Jamaica is to receive a $6.8 million (£4.3m) grant to improve the country’s response to climate change effects. It will use the cash provided by the World Bank to develop projects at local […]

By Jacqueline Echevarria

Jamaica is to receive a $6.8 million (£4.3m) grant to improve the country’s response to climate change effects.

It will use the cash provided by the World Bank to develop projects at local and national levels under its Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR).

It aims to support “fact finding, priority setting and action planning” by collecting and promoting climate data information.

Approximately 60% of Jamaicans live in coastal communities making them vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to the World Bank.

Enos Esikuri, Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank said: “Extreme climate events are affecting the vulnerable groups in Jamaica more often than ever. The project will contribute to establish the critical foundation for the country to integrate climate change in decision making processes and adapt current and future livelihood activities to the variability brought about by climate change.”