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SPECIAL FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE NOV. 29 TO DEC. 3

Posted by SR (riley) on Dec 01 2016 at 12:07 AM
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Climate-change adaptation and mitigation and the overall impact on the region will be the focus for the inaugural observance of Climate Change Awareness Week (CCAW), slated for November 29 to December 3.Spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the week’s activities will include meetings, workshops, a symposium, an expo and a walk.

Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel Oral Khan, said that the overall aim is to increase the public’s awareness of climate change, the impact it will have on Jamaica and what is being done to prepare the country and by extension the region, to face the possible impact.“We want to make everybody aware that the climate is changing and will continue to change and will impact our lives significantly, so we will be engaging policymakers, senior persons in government such as permanent secretaries, the media, students, key partners and stakeholders across the region through the various activities for the week,” Lieutenant Khan outlined.

The week’s proceedings will commence with a media workshop on November 29 at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in Mona, followed by a two-day symposium at the same venue on November 30 and December 1.
 Meetings with government officials and members of the Youth Environmental Advocacy Programme (YEAP) will also be held throughout the week.

A highlight of the week will be the two-day Climate Smart Expo at Emancipation Park on December 2 and 3, organised by the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).
 The Chief Technical Director explained that the expo will allow exhibitors and other stakeholders to explain to the public the financial offerings and support that the PPCR facilitates, noting that the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism is a project under the PPCR that gives financial support through grants and lines of credit towards climate-change activities, particularly those related to the tourism and agricultural sectors.

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