Data Being Collected Through RiVAMP to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

Accurate collation of data on the impact of climate change on Jamaica’s environment is essential to efforts to mitigate the damaging effects of this phenomenon.

Against this background, State agencies, such as the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), have been leading the thrust in this direction, with the implementation of the Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology Project (RiVAMP).

RiVAMP is an evidence-based assessment initiative that utilizes scientific and local knowledge inputs to assess the extent to which climate change affects or can affect the ecosystem; the degree of environmental changes resulting from human activities; and the level of attendant environmental governance, in this regard.

The programme forms part of the Government of Jamaica (GoJ)/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-funded Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project, being managed by the PIOJ.

The project’s main sponsor, the European Union (EU), provided some €4.13 million to fund a comprehensive programme targeting watershed rehabilitation, coastal resilience enhancement, and building and strengthening climate change capacity, and heightening awareness.

RiVAMP, which commenced in 2009, is being undertaken as a pilot in two phases in Negril, Westmoreland. The anticipated results are expected to guide implementation of solutions for that region and possible interventions in other parts of Jamaica, as identified and deemed necessary, to effectively address environmental impacts influenced by climate change, with a view to mitigating possible outcomes.

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