The Jamaican flag (Courtesy of Kyle James via Wikimedia Commons)
**FILE** The Jamaican flag (Courtesy of Kyle James via Wikimedia Commons)

Jamaica’s Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change is in the process of developing Jamaica’s first National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. said that during this financial year, Jamaica will be able to access a US$1.1 million grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to begin the preparations.

He spoke during a recent Facebook Live event hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to discuss the measures in the works by the government of Jamaica to combat climate change.

The minister noted that the NAP will include a private-sector engagement strategy, a finance strategy and an investment plan for adaptation.

“It is imperative that we take the necessary actions to become climate resilient and quickly, otherwise the impacts on all sectors will be devastating and, in many cases, irreversible,” Charles said. “Without collective and concerted action, climate change could prove to be a major obstacle in achieving development goals, as well as our overarching Vision 2030 goal of making Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”

Charles noted that a pilot of the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL), which seeks to strengthen the capacity of municipal corporations to integrate and finance climate action, will also be tested as part of the nation’s climate-change response.

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