Building Resilience in the Agricultural Sector and Coastal Zones – Jamaica Information Service

$253.5 million is being provided by the government to continue work to build resilience in Jamaica’s agricultural sector and coastal areas in the new fiscal year beginning April 1.

The provision is set aside in the 2022/23 spending forecast, currently before the House of Representatives.

The project aims to protect livelihoods and safeguard food security of vulnerable communities by improving land and water management in the agricultural sector, strengthening coastal protection and building institutional capacity against climate-related risks. climate change.

Activities to be carried out in 2022/23 include completion of community disaster risk reduction training and capacity building, installation of 600 meters of revetment and 300 meters of artificial reef, and handover in condition about 18,000 square meters of shoreline.

The project, initiated in October 2012, must now be completed in September 2022, after six extensions.

Achievements to December 2021 include the completion of capacity building and training, as well as the review of the design of coastal works.

The project is jointly executed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the National Environment and Planning Agency and the National Public Works Agency NWA.

Funding is provided by the Jamaican government and the Adaptation Fund.

Lana T. Arthur