National Spatial Plan to be developed KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has launched ‘The Process for the Development of the National Spatial Plan’ and signed a contract with Acclimatise Group Limited to draft its technical papers. The National Spatial Plan, which was conceptualised in 2009, will ensure the optimal use of the nation’s land and marine resources and… Read more

The State of Jamaica’s climate – full report

1. Rationale & Background 1.1. Jamaica Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea with a total landmass of 10,991 square kilometres. The island is centred on latitude 18o15’ N and longitude 77o20’ W. It is approximately 145 kilometres south of the island of Cuba. Jamaica is elongated along west-northwest to east-northeast alignment, roughly 230 kilometres long and… Read more

Monitoring of Jamaica’s Water Resources boosted through Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

The Water Resources Authority (WRA), the premiere entity for the management, protection and controlled allocation and use of Jamaica’s water resources, is reporting a significant improvement in its capacity to fulfil its mandate, thanks to assistance received as part of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).   The WRA maintains a hydrological database and provides data, information and technical… Read more

Installation of real time automatic weather stations begin islandwide

Jamaica’s weather forecasting capacity will be boosted with the addition of 35 automatic weather stations to the Meteorological Service Division’s (MSJ) network across the island.  The weather stations, which will be outfitted with the capability to transmit real time data, are being acquired and installed as part of the Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project (ICDIMP) under the Pilot… Read more

Kids no longer to be sent home from school because of lack of water – Thanks to climate change grants

Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Oral Khan, addresses the grant signing of 51 new projects recently. To the left are Emma Lewis and Barrington Lewis of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica.   Kingston, Jamaica. October 30, 2017. Access to water has always been a challenge for students at the Mount Airy Primary and… Read more

Fifty one new grants awarded for climate change adaptation

Barrington Lewis, Executive Director, EFJ   Kingston, Jamaica. October 20, 2017. Fifty one community and civil society organisations will be implementing projects to boost climate change adaptation in Jamaica after being awarded grants totalling J$228,000,000.00 under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF) – one of two funding mechanism under the Adaptation Programme and Finance Mechanism Project (AP&FM) of the… Read more

Jamaica gets website for its Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience

  The internationally implemented Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), a US$1.2billion funding window of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for climate adaptation and resilience building, has recently activated a website – – which highlights the work of its five projects active in Jamaica. “The Jamaica PPCR website creates a space for all 5 projects being implemented nationally to… Read more