Description: 

A project for enhanced development planning and climate resilience through infrastructure improvement and capacity building.

Background:

Because of its geography and socio-economic status, Jamaica is considered highly vulnerable to the mounting threat of climate change in the Caribbean region. Climate change impacts are expected to include increased rainfall and drought events, as well as sea level rise and an increase in frequency and intensity of hurricanes. Changes in climate have already been at work in the region, with eleven hydro-meteorological events in as many years (2001-2012) causing damages in excess of $1 billion, along with loss of life and property.

To address the challenges posed by climate change, Jamaica needs to undertake a comprehensive adaptation plan, allowing for increased resilience of all economic sectors. By increasing awareness, gathering and disseminating knowledge, building institutional and individual capacity, and updating infrastructure, Jamaica can ensure that it is better able to adapt to the effects of climate change in the Caribbean region.

Objectives and Outputs:

Approved in 2014, this project is a partnership between the Government of Jamaica, Inter-American Development Bank, and CIF. CIF contributed $17.9 million in PPCR funds to the project, which has will have widespread benefits for the Jamaican people. The project will take place over five years, and consists of three distinct components.

First, the project will assist in mainstreaming climate change for adaptation measures. This will take place through financing of stronger development plans for the water, health, tourism, coastal resources, and human settlements sectors. Additionally, this component will feature implementation of an adaptation plan in the Rio Minho watershed that will serve as a basis for future, similar plans. The Rio Minho plan is notable because it will feature community-based approaches that will be later used as core components of a basin-wide plan. Watershed management and agriculture will be the focus areas of this plan, which will result in the eventual construction of land management and soil conservation infrastructure.

Second, financial mechanisms for adaptation will be created to support climate resilience in Micro, Small, and Medium Size Enterprises using lessons learned from similarly designed programs. An adaptation line of credit will be made available to support adaptation at the local level, and a climate change trust fund will be created for non-government organizations and civil society groups. Information gathered from this component will be used to develop future approaches to financing of projects related to agriculture, water management and tourism.

Finally, a knowledge management program for the project will be established. This will ensure that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated and used for the scaling up of similar initiatives in other communities.

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This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | Proposed Decision
Approved on September 29, 2014 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 7.89 million (grant funding)
USD 10.0 million (concessional loans)
USD 200,000 (MPIS Final tranche)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (September 26, 2014)
United States (September 26, 2014)
IDB Response to United States and United Kingdom (September 29, 2014)

MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)
MPIS Template | Proposed Decision
Approved on June 9, 2015 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 200,000 (MPIS Final tranche)

Comments and Responses:
IDB Response to United Kingdom (June 4, 2015)