CCADRRP Main Activities

Rehabilitated Watersheds:

  • Facilitate the establishment and improvement of community-based management structures in the selected Watershed Management Units (WMUs);
  • Undertake reforestation and agroforestry in selected WMUs;
  • Assess forested crown lands and declare forest reserves;
  • Develop a Forest Fire Management Programme;
  • Promote sustainable livelihood/economic activities;
  • Establish river protection infrastructure/structures in selected areas.

 

Resilience in Coastal Areas:

  • Design and implement data collection and database systems for monitoring changes in coastal ecosystems;
  • Restore mangrove forests;
  • Develop management plans for the effective management of selected marine protected areas (MPAs);
  • Establish and/or enhance coastal protection measures in selected areas.
  • Use (best-practice) appropriate methods and technologies in restoring seagrass beds;
  • Identify and assess possible options for alternative livelihoods and take steps to facilitate them in selected communities.

 

Climate Change Capacity Building and Awareness:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive climate change awareness and educational campaign including culturally relevant materials and resources;
  • Provide and disseminate resource materials using existing institutions such as public libraries, and others;
  • Create and operationalize publicly accessible GIS-based database and mechanism for data sharing and transfer;
  • Identify capacity building/strengthening needs within the government and implement appropriate activities to address these needs;
  • Assist in the revision and/or development of policies that will address climate change adaptation and, where appropriate, mitigation to climate change.

CCADRRP Project Approach

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been entrusted by the European Union with resources, on behalf of the Government of Jamaica .The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the primary agency responsible for project management. They have six cross-cutting thematic areas. Three of them are directly relevant to the objectives of the project: Climate Change; Ecosystem Management; and Disaster Prevention. UNEP CAR/RCU, the Regional Seas Office based in Jamaica plays a lead role in project implementation, falls within the UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) which is responsible for the implementation of environmental policy in order to foster sustainable development at global, regional and national levels. It is also UNEP’s focal division for capacity building, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and ecosystem management which will allow for a broad range of additional technical support for the project.

UNEP works along with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) who co-manages the project. Both organizations along with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), the Environmental Management Division (EMD) of the OPM, the Forestry Department, and the Meteorological Services Jamaica. Theses organizations along with the European Union comprise the steering committee for the project. The Project Steering Committee was established with the aim of providing general oversight, policy guidance and monitoring of programme implementation.

A project management unit was established to manage the project. This unit is located within the offices of Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).

The PIOJ was selected to co-manage this action as it is a multi-facetted agency which advises the government in economic, social and environmental matters. It is currently spear-heading the government’s Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, a long-term sustainable development tool by which all government agencies are guided by. As such, the PIOJ is in a unique position to coordinate various activities and collaborate with various groups of society including governmental, private and non-governmental organizations