The nation’s capacity to access more climate finance has been boosted with the formal launch of Jamaica’s first Country Programme for engagement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The programme was inaugurated by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, during the opening of a national consultation on climate action at the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel, St Andrew, on Wednesday (October 23).
Vaz, in his remarks, stressed the significance of the undertaking in supporting and streamlining the country’s actions to engage with the GCF. He noted that funding is one of the most important considerations when planning for climate action.
“We anticipate using this country programme mechanism to develop sound and targeted project proposals to access funding,” he said.
The Country Programme, which was prepared with financing from the GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme, will provide strategic guidance on the key project proposals that are considered quick wins for climate investment over the next two years.
This involves readiness projects that will strengthen Jamaica’s institutional capacity to plan, access and deliver climate finance.
Developed over the last 18 months, the Country Programme is based on a combination of national climate change and development policies, strategies and action plans and intensive stakeholder engagement from ministries, departments and agencies, the private sector, and civil society.