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Sustainable Water Management Under Climate Change in Small Island States of the Caribbean

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,500,000

Targeted Countries: Barbados Grenada Guyana Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago

Funding Period: 2011/2012

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This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. Canada's support is aimed at developing sustainable water management under climate change in small island states of the Caribbean.

Results/Expected Outcomes

An inception workshop was held in Barbados in March 2013, where the pilot sites were determined. These include: Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad, as well as the island of Carriacou (Grenada). Authorities have already demonstrated strong interest in project results. The project has also engaged 10 graduate students into the research, and is implementing training and educational modules for other stakeholders. The project will also include climate modeling and compilation of secondary data.

Disaster Risk Management - Community Resilience

Canada’s Total Contribution: $3,453,770

Targeted Countries: Dominica Guyana Jamaica

Funding Period: 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

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This project is one component of the Caribbean Disaster Risk Reduction Program, whose goal is to increase the capacity of regional organizations, national governments and local communities in the Caribbean to respond to, manage, and reduce the impact of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. It supports the implementation of the disaster risk management framework adopted by the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved by this project include improving civil society engagement in the implementation of the comprehensive disaster management strategy. The project addressed vulnerability at the local level by enhancing community resilience to disaster risk. For example, a Disaster Risk Reduction Reference Centre was established in Barbados to provide technical training and expert advice and promote community resilience in the Caribbean. In addition a new community selection tool to ensure that the most vulnerable communities benefit from activities to improve community resilience to disasters, was piloted and tested by nine of the 13 national Red Cross societies in the Caribbean and used subsequently by the national Red Cross societies in Jamaica, Dominica and Guyana. 45 community projects were also completed, including training 829 community members (571 women) for participation in community disaster response teams and certifying 830 persons (594 women) in first aid in emergencies.

Canadian Urban Institute - International Urban Partnerships Program 2010-2013

Canada’s Total Contribution: $3,568,364

Targeted Countries: Ethiopia Jamaica Philippines

Funding Period: 2009/2010

Delivery Partner(s):

  • Canada Urban Institute


The goal of the Canadian Urban Institute's International Urban Partnerships Program (IUPP) is to advance sustainable economic growth and development in urban regions in developing countries, consistent with the countries' national development agendas. The program aims to improve citizens' quality of life by improving urban management and national and local policies. It contributes to reducing poverty through initiatives that address the environmental and social impacts of rapid urbanisation, while promoting the adoption of good governance practices. The program facilitates the transfer of innovative solutions for urban sustainability between developing countries, at both the institutional and peer levels, thereby strengthening professional relationships that promote learning. This transfer of innovative solutions leads to building a body of knowledge about sustainable economic growth and the development of southern urban regions. Program activities include: strengthening the skills of partners and local stakeholders in growth management, sustainable development, resource leveraging, governance, service delivery, and addressing gender equality; researching, adapting, and promoting methods and tools to address urban issues identified in local strategies and plans; providing technical advice and financial support for pilot initiatives that address priority urban issues.
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Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved at the end of the project include the adoption of 18 new participatory mechanisms in support of long-range planning and implementation of development plans in the parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth, Jamaica; neighbourhood upgrading, waterfront planning and downtown revitalization in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, Ethiopia; and collaborative action research on the state of Tigum-Aganan watershed and use of a bio-regional approach to disaster risk reduction and management in Metro Iloilo-Guimaras, Philippines. More than 8,500 individuals were directly involved in the project, including 923 individuals (401 female, 522 male) who benefited from coaching/mentoring and capacity building activities organized by the project. They were involved in demonstration projects related to tourism, agribusiness, micro and small enterprise development and downtown revitalization in Jamaica; urban agriculture, solid waste management, cobblestone roads and drainage systems, waterfront regeneration and downtown revitalization in Ethiopia; and ecotourism and sustainable livelihoods in the Philippines. Some of these projects have been scaled up, creating jobs and attracting investments. For example, projects in Jamaica attracted about $1.1 million in investment and created 207 jobs in the two parishes. These results have contributed to increased influence of citizens and communities in local planning and policy making; improved practises and systems of local governments and community organizations in protecting their environment; and increased implementation of sustainable local economic development practices in a manner that enhances the lives of women, men and youth.

Renewable Wind Technology in Jamaica

Canada’s Total Contribution: $10,000,000

Targeted Countries: Jamaica

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Project Funded through a Canadian Facility: IFC - Canada Climate Change Program (CCCP)

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The IFC-Canada Climate Change Program provided support for the construction of the first private sector wind project in Jamaica. The project will have a capacity of 36.3 megawatts (MW), the largest renewable energy project developed by the private sector in Jamaica to date.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Jamaica has potential for renewable energy, yet it still relies on imported fossil fuels for most of its electricity. This project supports Jamaica’s urgent need for diversification of energy sources and demonstrates the bankability of wind farms in Jamaica for future investments. With support from Canada, this project is expected to mobilize an additional $79.6 million in co-financing from public and private sources and lead to an estimated greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 66,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.*
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $79,600,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 66,000
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