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(Men in Glengoffe gather bamboos to be used as log barrier in helping to reduce soil erosion)
People in small communities are the most severely affected by climate change impacts, but are often the least equipped to cope and adapt. While the need for action is pressing, there are few practical examples of support for adaptation at the community level.
In recognition of this, the UNDP Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) programme, through the Global Environment Facility's Special Priority on Adaptation Funding, addresses this gap by supporting community-driven projects that will pilot a range of climate risk management practices at the local level. Jamaica is one of the ten pilot countries covered by the initiative, which focuses on adaptation approaches that also generate global environment benefits in areas such as biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management.
Five small communities in Jamaica - Glengoffe, Bunkers Hill, Woodford, Cascade and the Portland Bight area - are on the way to making sure that they can deal with the anticipated impacts of climate change such as stronger hurricanes, flooding and drought.
More information on:The Global Environment Facility