Friday the 20th of November marked a major milestone for the Ministry of Agriculture, UNDP Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS) project. XCD$2,525,211.91 was awarded to 21 community groups to implement climate changes projects throughout Grenada.
The ICCAS project launched the Community Climate Change Adaptation Fund (CCCAF) last year, November 14, 2014. The aim of the CCCAF is to provide financing for community based projects of a climate adaptation nature that includes activities related to agriculture, fishing, tourism, health, water, education and awareness, marine and coastal areas, livelihoods and others. Through a full range of community engagement and outreach the CCCAF was established and launched with 162 community groups responding with application for small grant for adaptation projects. So far the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) has approved 29 projects for implementation at a value of over 1 million US dollars
A second project awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 28th 2015 in Carriacou for the awarding of eight more projects to be implemented throughout Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The scope of these community projects that have received funding includes activities related to the sectors of agriculture and water (6 projects), public water storage (2), education and awareness (6), land degradation (1), Food mitigation (3), ridge to reef (1), recycling (2), marine and coastal (6), and livelihoods (1).
The Ministry of the Environment through UNDP is pleased to be spearheading this initiative that will add to the capacity of these communities to absorb and even combat the social, economic and environmental shocks caused by the impacts of climate change.