Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Jamaica

At a glance

2011-11-01 to 2013-12-01
Completed programmes
Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Forestry Department, Min. of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Total budget
4,13 M€
GCCA priority area(s)
GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
4,130,000.00 €

Overall objective

Increase resilience and reduce risks associated with natural hazards in vulnerable areas through the implementation of adaptive measures to climate change, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of Jamaica.

Objectifs spécifiques

The specific objectives are:

  • Rehabilitate and improve management of selected watersheds to reduce downstream run-off and associated pollution and health risks;

  • Restore and protect coastal ecosystems to enhance natural buffers and increase resilience;

  • Integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation into relevant national policies and plans, enhance institutional (human and technical) capacity and facilitate awareness building amongst Jamaica’s population to better adapt to climate change.

  • Rehabilitated Watersheds through slope stabilization measures such as reforestation of denuded hillsides
  • Increased resilience of coastal ecosystems to climate change impacts through restoration and protection of selected ecosystems
  • Enhanced Institutional and local-level capacity through increasing capabilities and raising awareness


Component 1:

  • Establish and/ or strengthening of Local Forest Management Committees (LFMC) in selected Watershed Management Units (WMUs);
  • Undertake reforestation and agro-forestry in selected WMUs
  • Declare forested crown lands assessed and forest reserves
  • Develop fire management programme
  • Promote sustainable livelihood/ economic activities as alternatives to current unsustainable practices.
  • Establish river protection structures in selected areas.

Component 2:

  • Improve database for monitoring changes in coastal ecosystems
  • Re-establish sand dunes
  • Replant mangroves in degraded coastal regions
  • Develop management plan for the effective management of selected marine protected areas (MPAs) & delineate activity zones in three MPAs
  • Establish and/or enhance coastal protection measures/ structures in selected areas.
  • Restore Seagrass beds/areas
  • Identify, assess for feasibility alternative livelihoods and award grants to develop these livelihoods

Component 3:

  • Design and implement climate change awareness campaign
  • Establish data-sharing mechanism
  • Conduct policy and institutional review
  • Identify capacity needs of the government sector and interventions required to address priority needs (In the areas of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction)
  • Conduct public education (pilot) project
  • Conduct pilot project on Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

“It is knowledge, having accurate and relevant information, that will help us address the enormous challenges of climate change. I firmly believe that stakeholder participation is an integral part of good governance. Informed citizens can have a tremendous influence on the decision-making process and can support the dialogue for national development.”

Hon. Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, on the occasion of the launch of a public awareness and education campaign under the GCCA project (source: Jamaica Information Service).