Climate Change: Toward the Development of a Policy Framework for Jamaica
This analytical report covers a workshop — Climate Change: Toward the Development of a Policy Framework for Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica on July 26 and 27, 2012 — which was convened by the Government of Jamaica’s Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. The U.S. Agency for International Development supported organization of the workshop that had an objective to develop inputs for a policy framework that will enable Jamaica to achieve its Vision 2030 national development goals in the context of climate change, as requested at the launch of the Climate Change Advisory Committee in 2012. The purpose of this report is to share lessons learned from the workshop for the climate adaptation and National Adaptation Planning communities.
The Jamaica event was attended by more than 150 individuals, including representatives from ministries, agencies, and other entities within the Government of Jamaica; NGOs and civil society; academia; the private sector; and international development partners. Sessions built on the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, the Second National Communication of Jamaica to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Jamaica Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.Report Excerpt:
Dr. Michael Taylor, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, described at the workshop the role of climate change trends in Jamaica.
Key trends in Jamaica climate projections:
- Jamaica’s temperature will continue to increase by between 1 and 4 degrees C by the end of the century. The country will experience additional warm days and fewer cool days.
- Precipitation will become increasingly variable with changes in quantity, intensity, frequency, and type. While some regions in Jamaica will see an increase in precipitation, others will see a decrease. The whole Caribbean region will experience an overall drying trend.
- Tropical storms will become longer and more intense, although the frequency of occurrence will vary considerably from year to year.
- Sea levels will continue to rise. Although there is uncertainty regarding exact magnitudes, rising sea levels will cause additional erosion, inundation, and storm surge.