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Wind and more wind

  Ground being broken for the BMR wind farm in Malvern, St Elizabeth. This Jamaica Public Service Company wind farm is just across the road from the planned BMR wind farm in Malvern, St Elizabeth   Ground being broken for the BMR wind farm in Malvern, St Elizabeth. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)  Wigton Windfarm at Rose […]

Investing in disaster resilience vital for region — UN

  WAHLSTRÖM…the report is a wake-up call for countries to increase their commitment to invest in smart solutions to strengthen resilience to disasters UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new United Nations report says investing in disaster resilience is vital for sustainable development in the Caribbean and other places. The 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster […]

Jamaica to Launch $6 Million Climate Change Resilience Project

Above: the launch ceremony in Kingston (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica is slated to launch a $6 million climate change resilience project in the greater Kingston metropolitan area, the government announced this week. The project is called “Building Climate Resilience of Urban Systems through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in LAC.” The latter refers […]

Jamaica to Benefit from Climate Change Resilience Project

By Alecia Smith-Edwards  Photo by: JIS PhotographerMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill (left), listens to a point being made by National Consultant for a regional climate change resilience project, Una May Gordon (right), during the opening ceremony for a national workshop on the project, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in […]

$58 Million Set Aside to Boost Sustainability of Protected Areas

By Chris Patterson  The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is set to receive over $58 million to boost the operational and financial sustainability of Jamaica’s system of protected areas. As contained in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the project is being jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and […]

Project to Phase out HCFCs Gets $11 Million

By Chris Patterson  A sum of $11.2 million has been allocated for the hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase out Management Plan Implementation Project, in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure. The proposed budget is now before the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives. The project seeks to freeze importation of HCFCs at 2009 and 2010 average […]

$43.7 Million to Improve Management of Yallahs/Hope River Watershed

By Chris Patterson  Activities towards bolstering the integrated management of the Yallahs/Hope River watershed area have been shored up with an injection of $43.7 million. The undertaking, being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), aims to reduce the pressure on natural resources in the Yallahs River and Hope River Watershed of the Blue […]

Greenhouse Gas Project Receives $25 Million

By Chris Patterson  The country’s effort to develop a robust national greenhouse gas inventory is to be strengthened with the allocation of $25 million in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The project, which is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is slated to commence in April […]

$18 Million for Climate Change Project at PIOJ

By Douglas McIntosh  Phase two of the Pilot Programme for Climate Change (PPCR II) continues this year with an $18.7 million allocation, which is outlined in the 2015/ Estimates of Expenditure, now before Parliament. The project, being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), aims to: enable effective planning and design of adaptation initiatives through […]

Over 6000 Residents to Benefit from Potable Water

By Garfield L. Angus Over six thousand residents in surrounding communities of Ewarton and Mount Rosser, St. Catherine, now have a reliable supply of potable water from a system developed at a cost of $460 million by the National Water Commission (NWC). Speaking at the official commissioning of the system on Friday (February 28), Minister of […]