Jamaica Environment Trust

Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation Plan for Cockpit Country, Jamaica

Photo donated by: Nicole Brown

This project is being funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) which is implemented regionally by CANARI.
Cockpit Country is an important area in Jamaica for several reasons. Climate change however, is a threat to its biological diversity, ecosystem services and freshwater supply. No studies have been done to assess and understand the impact of climate change in this important area so that an adaptation plan can be prepared. The project has three components and will be implemented in the communities of Troy, Wilson’s Run, New Hope, Warsop, Litchfield, Wait-a-bit and Wirefence:

  1. Climate Change Assessment – Climate data will be collected to create climate models for sections of Cockpit Country namely Troy, Wilson’s Run, New Hope, Warsop, Litchfield,
    Wait-a-bit and Wirefence which are included in the South East Local Area Management Committee area.
  2. Stakeholder Consultations- Consultations with community groups will be held during and after the climate change assessment is completed. The information learned during this stage will be used to co -develop the adaptation plan with the communities. The findings of the project will also be shared with the wider public.
  3. Adaptation Plan – This component includes the preparation of the adaptation plan which will be codeveloped and shared with the communities of Troy, Wilson’s Run, New Hope, Warsop, Litchfield, Wait-a-bit and Wirefence. The use of nature-based solutions will be encouraged.

The project will be for 13 months, from January 2023 to January 2024.