A white and yellow fishing boat sits on a windswept beach.

Jamaica

At a Glance

Jamaica is a small Caribbean island with economically valuable tourism, fisheries, industry and agriculture assets. Roughly 90 percent of the country's GDP is produced within the coastal zone, making its key industries and over half of the population vulnerable to hurricanes, tropical storms, sea level rise, and land loss. Rising temperatures and intense rainfall events increase incidence of vector-borne and waterborne diseases already endemic to the country. Groundwater recharge is also inhibited by warming temperatures, increasing water stress vulnerabilities for households and the agriculture sector. Jamaica's greenhouse gas emissions are driven by the energy sector, with manufacturing, construction, and electricity and heat generation as the primary contributors.

    Funding and Key Indicators

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    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $1 Million

    Adaptation

    $1 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    2.8 million

    GHG Emissions Growth

    1.11%

    % Forested Area

    31.0%

    % Renewable Electricity Generating Capacity

    30.9%

    Small Island Developing State

    Yes

    Climate Change Information

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    Stories from the Area

    There is great value in pushing for youth education in climate change action. Designing projects that focus on issues youth care about can lead to unexpected, positive outcomes. And engaging youth as active participants with the autonomy and agency to act can have lasting effects long after a development project ends.
    Since 1991, USAID has been investing in actions that help the Agency in understanding climate change risks and opportunities to reduce vulnerabilities.
    As residents of an island nation, Jamaicans are all too aware of the risks, and realities, of climate change. More than half of the population lives within a mile of the coast; most of the those who live inland are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.