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Global Climate Change

G Climate Change
USAID/Jamaica’s investments will balance the priorities of global climate change (GCC) adaptation and mitigation with the security needs of local communities, while contributing to enhanced livelihood opportunities for targeted Jamaican populations.

USAID/Jamaica’s Global Climate Change Adaptation activities focus on increasing adaptive measures for climate resilient livelihoods, and addressing climate change implications on fresh and saltwater fishing (aquaponics as a form of climate-adaptive agriculture). Other key components address the alteration of planting dates to buffer the effects of climatic variation and selecting more resilient crop varieties. Technical assistance will focus on:

  • Capacity building for climate change that targets government, civil society partners, and communities through disaster risk reduction and planning, integrating climate policies into broader development policies, and a public education and awareness campaign informed by a knowledge attitude and perception survey
  • Piloting and demonstrating integrated GCC adaptation and mitigation response activities including natural resource and watershed management and biodiversity conservation approaches that mitigate against the drivers of climate change
  • Improved access to, and quality of, information to inform GCC decision making, with emphasis on climate data for forecasting and predictive modeling; use of cleaner technology; and other areas to be determined.

Global Climate Change Pilot Country

USAID/Jamaica will be a pilot mission in U.S. Government Global Climate Change programming for foreign assistance. Our blueprint of how we are integrating adaptation elements into existing projects is currently being showcased at USAID training events worldwide. Moreover, based on our focused and efficient work, USAID/Jamaica has been selected by the Global Climate Change office at DC headquarters to receive support for assessment and long-term planning to integrate adaptation into development within multiple sectors.

USAID/Jamaica recently began the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program to improve management capacity of institutions to mitigate emissions and promote low carbon economic growth through policy, institutional strengthening and civil society engagement. This approach will link community level activities with national level policies and plans. The aim is to increase consideration and implementation of low emission planning principles into both government and community planning.

Last updated: November 20, 2014

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