Our Stories

  • Gourie, the gift granted for present and future generations
    Apr 24, 2018

    Gourie, perched 2 000 ft. in the hills above Christiana, is one of 249 Protected Areas secured by law in Jamaica. It offers a recreational area, multiple trails through biodiverse forest, a cave, and a history steeped in slavery.Today, Gourie is fully prepared to earn income from log cabin rentals and guided tours through the trails and its famous cave. Income will help maintain this Protected Area, and help sustain its public education programme.

  • Jacob’s Ladder – No Longer Left Behind
    Mar 23, 2018

    Securing water to satisfy every sanitation, cooking and agricultural need of this expanding community of persons living with physical and mental disabilities has always been a challenge – until a water harvesting project was introduced in 2015 by the UNDP-implemented Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), with funding support from Australia Aid.

  • UNDP cash for work programme helps hurricane-hit Turks and Caicos Islanders finance home repairs   
    Mar 19, 2018

    On Turks and Caicos Islands, the tell-tale signs of two category five storms lingered through February 2018, especially on Grand Turk and South Caicos, but men and women working shoulder to shoulder have been cleaning up, while earning some home repair money.

  • "We can plant 50% more" - Hope rises for schools and communities under JCCCP project
    Mar 13, 2018

    In schools and small communities hit by drought the ongoing installation of climate resilient and smart technologies and water harvesting infrastructure under the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP) will support their dreams of potable water for home and productive use. J-CCCP's pilot projects in Jamaica are supporting 70 schools and several communities in St. Ann and Clarendon with water infrastructure.

  • Powered By The Sun
    Dec 22, 2017

    Challenged by high electricity light bills caused by illegal connections to their power supply, the St Andrew Settlement in an innercity Kingston neighbourhood sought help from the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme. They turned to the sun for their supply, implementing a solar energy system and training programme which has reduced their carbon footprint, lessened their bills and changed lives.

  • New life flows into Northern Clarendon communities
    May 23, 2017

    For 50 years, residents of communities near Crooked River in the hills of Clarendon could only collect water with buckets. Today, a water harvesting system has resuscitated ailing farms and businesses and brought in new construction as well as new neighbours.

  • Gender Equality Seal gaining support among private sector companies in Jamaica
    Nov 29, 2016

    Jamaica is on target to become the first country in the English speaking Caribbean to pilot the globally recognized Gender Equality Seal certification programme, following positive feedback from several local enterprises at a special introductory session on November 29.

  • Alternative Energy Lights the Way in Majesty Gardens
    Apr 14, 2016

    Residents of Majesty Gardens in Kingston applauded as a group of young people from the community put on a humorous dramatic piece about the need for energy conservation and the benefits of becoming legally registered with the electricity supply company at a special community function on 13 April 2016.

  • Climate Change Learning Conference - July 2014

    The Climate Change Learning Conference scheduled for July 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel focuses on the Business Case for Climate Change.

  • Coping with Climate Change

    Jamaica suffers huge economic losses as a result of the environmental effects of climate change. More severe hurricanes, increased flooding, harsher periods of drought have left many agricultural workers unable to cope, and each year the cost in lives and infrastructural damage rises.

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