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.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information.

Climate Projections

Decreased/Less Frequent Precipitation

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impacts

Agriculture

Coastal Ecosystems

Infrastructure

Human Health

Water Resources

Country Climate Context

Population (2023)

2.82 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

GHG Emissions Growth

1.11%

% Forested Area

31.0%

% Renewable Electricity Generating Capacity

30.9%

Small Island Developing State

Yes

Funding & Key indicators


USAID Climate Change Funding (2023)

Total

$4 Million

Adaptation

$2 Million

Clean Energy

$2 Million

Investment Mobilized for Clean Energy (USD) (2022)

$577,663

Clean Energy Generation Capacity that has Achieved Financial Closure (MW) (2022)

166.6

Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Jamaica

Jamaica Photo Gallery

Stories from the Area

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