The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) assisted Jamaica to indentify a multidisciplinary research and technological development (R&TD) agenda that incorporates collaboration with academia, R&TD centers and the private sector. This document will support the achievement of climate change targets in the key sectors identified in relevant policy frameworks, including the Nationally Determined Contributions and the National Development Plan – Vision 2030.
“Climate change is still one of the most important factors, if not the most important factor, that is determining our survival as a country, as a region on the globe. Recent rains and temperature changes tell us exactly why we need to be managing our situations better”, noted during the launch of the agenda professor Dale Webber, Pro-Vice Chancellor/Campus Principal and Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Board, The University of West Indies.
This Climate Change Research and Technological Development Agenda for Jamaica was developed under the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) supported by the NDC Partnership with technical assistance from the CTCN. The work was led by a group of researchers from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). Five sectors were identified with specific research priorities outlined: agriculture and fisheries, water, energy, human settlement and infrastructure, waste.