Watersheds are rehabilitated through slope stabilisation measures such as reforestation of denuded hillsides.
To achieve this, local forest management committees are being established and/or strengthened in selected water management units (WMUs). Reforestation and agroforestry activities are being undertaken in selected WMUs. A comprehensive assessment of all forested lands has been undertaken, and a geo-referenced database developed. Additional forest reserves have been declared, and the development of a fire management programme and river protection structures in selected areas is being undertaken. Sustainable livelihoods and economic activities that constitute alternatives to current unsustainable practices are being promoted.
This component is implemented by the Forestry Department.
The resilience of coastal ecosystems to the impact of climate change is enhanced through restoration and protection of selected ecosystems.
A management plan for the effective management of selected marine protected areas, with activity zones delineated in three areas, is to be adopted. Improvements will be made to the database for monitoring changes in coastal ecosystems. At the practical level, sand dunes will be re-established, mangroves replanted in degraded coastal regions, and seagrass beds restored; these activities have recently started. Coastal protection measures and/or structures will be established in selected areas. A scheme will be developed to identify and assess the feasibility of alternative livelihoods, with grants awarded to develop these livelihoods.
This component is implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency.
Institutional and local-level capacity is enhanced through increasing capabilities and raising awareness.
To achieve this, a policy and institutional review is to be conducted to identify the capacity needs of the government sector, and the interventions required to address priority needs. A climate change awareness campaign will be designed and implemented and a data-sharing mechanism established. Pilot projects will be undertaken on public education, and risk and vulnerability assessment.
This component is implemented by the Environmental Management Division and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica.
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