Three Pilot Projects totaling US$300,000 InitiatedFeb 24, 2017
Three pilot projects totaling USD$300,000 commenced with the aim of transferring and adopting low emission and climate resilient technologies to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the local chapter of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) under the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) Project.
These projects will focus on construction of water harvesting and irrigation systems, converting waste into energy and building capacities for sustainable agriculture among over three hundred women, men, boys and girls. Six additional projects are in the pipeline for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with many more spread across project beneficiary countries which include Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and the Republic of Suriname.
Remarking on the pilot projects, Mr. Stephen O’Malley, Resident Representative for the UNDP Sub-regional Office for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States commented, “UNDP has been pleased to support the region’s climate change efforts over the last decade and we are therefore particularly excited to be able to support these initiatives in the sum of US $300,000 and to have the impact of these three projects realized overtime.”
Minister of Agriculture, Rural Transformation and Forestry, the honourable Saboto Ceasar held similar sentiments, noting that “The farmers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with this assistance can better position ourselves to produce within this extremely competitive market place.”
As climate change is recognised as one of the most serious challenges compounding vulnerabilities inherent to the Caribbean, J-CCCP’s aim to ensure that barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies are addressed and overcome in a participatory and efficient manner is especially important. The project brings together policy makers, experts and representatives of affected communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technology incubation and diffusion. By doing so, the initiative aims to ensure policy instruments such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) provide tailored frameworks to expand access to clean energy and to prioritise adaptation measures.
Following the pilot project launch, stakeholders, government representatives, UNDP representatives and members of the media toured project sites where project beneficiaries outlined the need for resources and how they anticipate the projects will impact them.