KINGSTON — The Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme has received an additional $103 million in the 2011/12 estimates, now before the House of Representatives.
The programme seeks to increase resilience and reduce risks associated with natural hazards in vulnerable areas, as an adaptive measure to climate change, contributing to sustainable development in Jamaica.
It also aims to rehabilitate and improve management of selected watersheds, to reduce downstream run-off and associated pollution and health risks; restore and protect coastal ecosystem to enhance natural buffers and increase resilience; and to integrate climate change mitigation into relevant national policies and plans, and increase awareness of climate change.
This year’s activities will include, establishment of 250 hectares of forest plantation; rehabilitation of two nurseries; field assessment of 55 forested Crown Lands (Forest Estate); trail construction (30 km) and... read more

Publishing Date: 21/04/2011

Jamaica, based on its geographic location, topography and geology has experienced many natural hazards that oblige the government to generate new strategies to  prevent those events from becoming major disasters.

Recently, to better manage the physical and human environment at the local/national level before (planning, mitigation, preparedness),
during (response) and after a (recovery) disaster event, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management ODPEM has integrated the use of GIS technology in its operation. Within its GIS activities, GPS technology also plays a pivotal role of collecting data, especially in post-disaster tasks. (Source: Thomas, N. & Gignac, N.)

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Publishing Date: 21/08/2009

Advisory Support

Due to its geographic location in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is particularly susceptible to multiple hazards such as floods, storm surges, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. This has encouraged the country to adopt the “Vision 2030 Jamaica” which clearly indicates Jamaica’s desire to become more risk-resilient. It is along these lines that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) requested a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to support the initiation of a programme of action for the use of space-based information.

Mission dates: 02/12/2009 to 04/12/2009
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