Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Will Award Grants Totalling J$228 Million for Climate Change Adaptation


Are you aware that the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) is doing a great deal of important work, partnering with the Jamaican Government and with funding from the Climate Investment Fund/Inter-American Development Bank? The EFJ has already received hundreds of proposals, conducted site visits in deep rural areas, assessed, approved and disbursed dozens of projects, all aimed at adapting to climate change. And then there is the monitoring and evaluation!

A little girl in the doorway of her primary school in Clarendon during a site visit in September. She and her fellow students will benefit from an improved water supply under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF) with a grant from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica. (My photo)

The grants under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF) have been disbursed for projects in areas such as water supply improvements, renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture and alternative livelihoods such as beekeeping, for community-based and civil society organisations.

Please note also that the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR)  just launched its website on October 13 here… 

Well, the EFJ is signing its final batch of grants for the year on October 24 at  10:00 a.m. at the New Kingston Business Centre, Dominica Drive. Please see the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation’s press release, below.

Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience.

Fifty One Grants Awarded for Climate Change Adaptation

Kingston, Jamaica. October 20, 2017. – Fifty one community and civil society organisations will be implementing projects to boost climate change adaptation in Jamaica after being awarded grants totalling J$228,000,000.00 under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF) – one of two funding mechanism under the Adaptation Programme and Finance Mechanism Project (AP&FM) 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 island-wide. The SCCAF is financed by the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) 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 respond to a Call for Proposals put out by the EFJ.

Barrington Lewis, CEO of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica.

From the Call for Proposals in 2016 EFJ got 81 proposals and 29 were funded. For 2017’s call one hundred and eighteen (118) proposals were received and fifty-one (51) have been approved. Approximately J$361.56 million has been allocated to the 80 approved projects.

“We will be signing the grant agreements with the 51 successful organisations at on Tuesday, October 24 at 10am at the New Kingston Business Centre on Dominica Drive. 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 the EFJ.

Collectively, of the 80 projects awarded 5 parishes received 72.5% of the grants – Manchester 20% (16 projects), Clarendon 16.25% (13 projects), St Andrew 13.75% (11 projects), St Ann 12.50% (10 projects) and St. Elizabeth 10% (8 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 5 major hurricanes) and several flood events – loss and damage amounting to about J$128.54 billion.

Dr Winsome Townsend, Project Manager for the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) of the PPCR. (Photo: PPCR)

The   Government   of   Jamaica   (GOJ), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank developed Jamaica’s Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) to help the country to strengthen its climate resilience through enhancing adaptive capacity across priority sectors.  Jamaica’s PPCR has 5 projects being implemented to address varying areas of vulnerability (www.ppcrja.org.jm).

The AP&FM is a part of Jamaica’s PPCR. It 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 USD19,869,963 by the Climate Investment Fund through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the government of Jamaica.

For further information contact:

Indi Mclymont-Lafayette, Communications Specialist, Adaptation Programme & Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) for the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Jamaica

Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation, 16a Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5    Tel: 633-7529 or 294-3608.

The EFJ’s Programme Officer Charmaine Webber (left) and Sydonnie Rothery discuss a proposed project in partnership with the Rural Water Supply during a site visit in Clarendon in September. (My photo)
Representatives of the St. Elizabeth Agricultural Co-operative Society sign their grant agreement with the EFJ under the SCCAF in January this year for greenhouse construction. They received support for a rainwater harvesting facility in 2009 and also propagate citrus seedlings. The project is linked to Munroe College’s agricultural and environmental curriculum. (My photo)

 

 

 


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