The Caribbean has been buffeted by an exceptional number of intense storms and hurricanes this year. In the space of just a few days, Hurricane Irma has been followed by Hurricanes José and Maria, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Hurricane Irma formed near Cabo Verde towards the end of August and, according to the US National Hurricane Center, was the strongest hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean.
KINGSTON, 11 ago 2017 (IPS) - La Oficina de Meteorología de Jamaica usa desde 2013 una herramienta de predicitibilidad climática para pronosticar sequías o lluvias por “debajo del promedio” en toda la isla como estrategia contra el cambio climático.
La herramienta le ha permitido a este país caribeño pronosticar de forma precisa varios períodos sin lluvias o de sequías, incluso el más destructivo de 2014, cuando se perdieron unos 1.000 millones de dólares en cultivos, que se pudrieron o se quemaron en incendios, causados por las excepcionales condiciones secas.
By Zadie Neufville
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 13 2016 (IPS) - On a very dry November 2013, Jamaica’s Meteorological Service made its first official drought forecast when the newly developed Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) was used to predict a high probability of below average rainfall in the coming three months.
By February, the agency had officially declared a drought in the eastern and central parishes of the island based on the forecasts. July’s predictions indicated that drought conditions would continue until at least September.
Derrick Douglas had never known it so bad.
“For this particular period between 2014 and 2015, I think no one expected that sort of harsh drought that we experienced. We [farmers] were not aware that it would have been so devastating,” he said.
Douglas, 55, became a farmer after being a teacher for several years, in hope of earning more from his efforts. He cultivates a variety of crops and ground provisions, including scotch bonnet peppers, lettuce, pak choi, carrots, yams and cocoa - on a farm in McNie District in the ‘garden parish’ of St. Ann.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 4 2015 (IPS) - Residents of Rocky Point, a sleepy fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast, woke up one July morning this year to flooded streets and yards. The sea had washed some 200 metres inland, flooding drains and leaving knee-deep water on the streets and inside people’s home, a result of high tides and windy conditions.
“I’ve been here for 43 years and I have never seen it like this,” Sydney Thomas told the Jamaica Observer newspaper.
By Zadie Neufville
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 18 2015 (IPS) - This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts.
As temperatures exceeded 93.7 F (34.2 Celsius) in several areas, the Meteorological Service urged Jamaicans to “Wake up to the realisation that climate change is already a fact of life.” Some of the hottest days on record had been recorded in July with even higher temperatures predicted for August.
Given the significance of the upcoming Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) in December 2015, the Government of Jamaica and its stakeholders are rolling out a Public Engagement Campaign to raise awareness about the conference and Jamaica’s negotiating position for that event.
The four-month campaign, which was launched on 21 August, is being implemented by the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change with support from UNDP Jamaica.
The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$6.8 million grant to help Jamaica improve the quality and use of climate related information for effective planning and action at local and national levels. Approximately 60% of Jamaica’s 2.8 million residents live in coastal communities, rendering them disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
First adaptation project approved under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience
Primer proyecto aprobado bajo el Programa Piloto de Adaptación a los Impactos del Cambio Climático
Por Desmond Brown
BAHÍA MORANT, Jamaica, 26 nov 2014 (IPS) - Mientras Jamaica sufre una de las peores sequías que haya conocido, especialistas sostienen que garantizar la seguridad alimentaria de los sectores más vulnerables es uno de los mayores desafíos planteados por el cambio climático.
By Desmond Brown
MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov 24 2014 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change.
By Desmond Brown
KINGSTON, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - It has taken just eight inches of water for Jamaica to be affected by rising sea levels, with parts of the island nation have disappearing completely, threatening people’s livelihoods and much more.
“People speak about the likelihood of Barbuda disappearing in 40 years, but this is a reality in Jamaica at the present time,” Conrad Douglas, a Jamaican scientist who has published more than 350 reports on environmental management and related topics, told IPS.
CCRIF Quarterly Report 1 December 2012 – 28 February 2013
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is the first multi-country risk pool in the world, and is also the first insurance instrument to successfully develop parametric policies backed by both traditional and capital markets. It is a regional catastrophe fund for Caribbean governments designed to limit the financial impact of devastating hurricanes and earthquakes by quickly providing financial liquidity when a policy is triggered.
In this issue
CCRIF and the Caribbean Development Bank Host Strategic Donor Meeting
CCRIF Events and Happenings Some snapshots
CCRIF Implements 2013
Extra-Regional Scholarship Application Process Update on 2013/14
CCRIF Policy Renewals
In this issue
Memorandum of Understanding with UWI-SRC
World Bank Implementation Completion and Results Report on CCRIF
Work Programmes with Regional Organisations
CCRIF Technical Assistance Programme
By Zadie Neufville
KINGSTON, April 8, 2012 (IPS) - Jamaican authorities are aiming to transform an island that experts say faces one of the worst climate risks in the world into a nation "equipped to prepare for and respond to the negative impacts of climate change".
Vision 2030, the National Development Plan, offers strategies to simplify climate change adaptation, merging its principles with both development and local policy frameworks. Charting a course from 2010 to 2030, the plan aims for "a strong and stable economic foundation".
KINGSTON — Six local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are to receive some US$5 million in grant funding to carry out micro-enterprise, agricultural and climate change projects under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Development Grants Program (DGP)
The groups, which were announced at a function held on June 29 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston are the Competitiveness Company; Environmental Health Foundation; INMED Partnership for Children; Jamaica Cocoa Farmers Association; and Local Initiative Facility for the Environment.