Community Disaster Risk Management Plans take climate change considerations on board

I am rather late with this information, but this is important work being done island-wide by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in partnership with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). It coincides with the just-concluded UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). If you would like further information, you may contact Project Manager … More Community Disaster Risk Management Plans take climate change considerations on board

U.S. Embassy invites proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

This is a great opportunity for institutions and groups – museums, non-governmental organisations, culture ministries, and more – to apply for a competitive grant that has made quite an impact in the past – for example, at Liberty Hall (Institute of Jamaica), the National Library of Jamaica, and other recipients. You can find full details … More U.S. Embassy invites proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

“The greenest since Independence”: Jamaica Labour Party defends its environmental record

As COP26 (the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow) winds on, and Caribbean leaders make wonderful speeches at the podium, the Jamaican Government has been feeling a little pressure at home from some Jamaicans (including myself) who are concerned that the speeches don’t quite match up to activities on the ground. Such activities would include, of … More “The greenest since Independence”: Jamaica Labour Party defends its environmental record

Climate justice and social justice for the Caribbean: a statement from Panos Caribbean ahead of COP26

Remember the slogan “1.5 to stay alive” at the Paris Agreement signing in 2015? Well, it was always much more than a slogan for the Caribbean. “Since 2009, more than a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent … More Climate justice and social justice for the Caribbean: a statement from Panos Caribbean ahead of COP26

Working with Nature to reduce disaster risk in Jamaica

A new and significant project was launched on August 31: The “Greening Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster and Risk Reduction: Saving Lives Through Working with Nature” (yes, that is the full name!) – called the “Eco-DRR Project” for short. The project, funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, will take place in just … More Working with Nature to reduce disaster risk in Jamaica

The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

Climate Change Project Funding Opportunities for Civil Society Organizations

I must try to share more of these kinds of opportunities online, as not everyone sees emails and social media posts. Here are a couple of funding opportunities for community-based organizations in the Caribbean. Thanks to Katherine Blackman from the Climate Change Division at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for sharing this.  … More Climate Change Project Funding Opportunities for Civil Society Organizations

Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

Disaster preparedness and risk management is so critical for our fragile island states, in these uncertain times of climate change. Yes, we have heard it all before, but it bears repeating. Many of our sister islands face specific challenges – including volcanic activity. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are an example. With a small population, … More Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans

I have spent some time in the beautiful central parish of Clarendon in the past year. Studies (and recent events) have shown that the area is particularly vulnerable to flooding, prolonged drought, and other impacts of climate change.  Prime Minister Andrew Holness pointed out in Parliament in October that Clarendon was responsible for a large … More Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans

More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed

As mentioned in the previous blog post, work goes on, steadily, to understand more about, and find solutions to the many challenges climate change confronts us with. The parish of Clarendon is unusually vulnerable to floods. Disaster risk reduction is high on the list. In recent heavy rains, we saw photos of main roads turned … More More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed