Wednesday 13 December, 2017

Climate change project valued at $48 million launched in Westmoreland

(From left: Mayor of Savanna-la-mar, Berthel Moore , Vanna Lawrence, European Union project manager and Desmond McKenzie, Local Government Minister st the unveiling of  a rain gauge at the Maud McLeod High school in Darliston, Westmoreland.

(From left: Mayor of Savanna-la-mar, Berthel Moore , Vanna Lawrence, European Union project manager and Desmond McKenzie, Local Government Minister st the unveiling of a rain gauge at the Maud McLeod High school in Darliston, Westmoreland.

The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation Local Government Adaptation to Climate Change Project, valued at some $48.3 million, was officially launched at the Maud McLeod High School in Darliston, Westmoreland on Saturday.

The project has received a $39.6 million sponsor from the European Union (EU), while the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation pumped in the balance of $8.7 million.

The official launch was attended by European Union Delegation Project Manager for Jamaica, Bahamas, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Cayman Islands, Vanna Lawrence; Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie,  Westmoreland Eastern MP Luther Buchanan, custos of Westmoreland Rev Hardley Perrin, mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Bertel Moore, among other local representatives.

Among other things, the 27-month project is to build capacity to local water resources supplied by way of the minor water supplies system in wake of a changing climate.

Lawrence disclosed that the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation had received the first grant under the EU Commission funding made available to Jamaica local authorities.

The local government minister lauded the EU's role in the project.

"The thought that went in to make this approach because $48 million is not chicken feed. And, this type of investment by the EU has open the doors Mrs Lawrence for further engagement at the local government level and this is something that we welcomed," McKenzie said.