The Government has set aside $346 million for its climate-change resilience and action plan activities as outlined in the 2020/2021 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The objective of the project, which commenced in 2015, dubbed ‘Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience 11 (PPCRII) – Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism’, is to implement climate-change awareness and training initiatives, and support programmes.
The project will develop innovative financing mechanisms for climate-adaptation initiatives by the private sector and community-based organisations. The programme also seeks to improve dams and agricultural facilities.
Targets for the 2020/2021 financial year are the construction of 1,327 micro-check dams in the Upper Rio Minho area, implementation of air-water generators in two emergency shelters or hospitals, and conducting training for aquaponics systems.
The plans also include climate-change awareness training and seminars, completion of a National Spatial Plan, training of community representatives in greenhouse farming and maintenance, and establishment of post-harvest and storage facilities.
Up to the end of December 2019, some 166 businesses in the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector benefited from grant funding through the Climate Change Adaptation Line of Credit, to support climate-smart business initiatives.
Also, 113 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) benefited from grant funding through the Special Adaptation Fund, to implement climate-smart activities.