Lessons Learned from USAID’s Climate Change Portfolio in Jamaica: Successes, Challenges and Recommendations for Future Programming
Located in one of the world’s most active hurricane basins, the island nation of Jamaica faces climate risks including sea level rise, stronger tropical storms, rising temperatures, drought and more intense rainfall events. From 2012-2018, to reduce Jamaica’s vulnerability to climate variability and change and move toward self-reliance, the USAID/Jamaica Country Office supported a rich and diverse portfolio of activities on climate resilience, advanced energy and disaster risk reduction. USAID played a key role in assisting the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) in integrating climate considerations in economic and social development decision-making to enhance the country’s long-term resilience and prosperity.
This report from the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project synthesizes the results of USAID/Jamaica’s climate-related portfolio from 2012–2018. It catalogues high-level project successes and lessons learned, and offers recommendations for how USAID, the GOJ and other development partners can continue to support Jamaica on its journey to self-reliance.