The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) Project has approved the seventh project, this time in Mayreau.
The project will be implemented by the Union Island Environmental Attackers, with J-CCCP grant funding in the amount of US $77,918.52.
Residents of Mayreau rely mainly on rain and imported water during the dry season, leaving the community completely dependent on intermittent water supplies.
Researchers have predicted an increase in the average frequency of hot days and nights as well as the mean annual temperature which leaves the community in Mayreau suffering further from water scarcity in future.
This project, titled “Adapting to the Effects of Drought through Increasing Water Storage Capacity to address Climate Change on Mayreau”, aims to increase the island’s water storage capacity by providing water tanks for households and public entities who need it most, as well as repair and increase the capacity of two communal storage systems.
Within this project, fifty 1,000 gallon water tanks will be purchased, the 10,000-gallon cistern located at the Mayreau Primary School will be repaired and a tank farm of ten 1,000 gallon tanks will be established at the communal Central Water and Sewage Authority (CWSA) cistern.
UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative, Chisa Mikami extended her congratulations to the Union Island Environmental Attackers, noting that they were the first Civil Society Organisation to have approved projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
She added, “In order to transfer mitigation and adaptation technologies at the community level, the J-CCCP has approved 22 pilot projects in our eight target Caribbean countries so far. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 8 projects, including this project, have been approved.”
Katrina Collins of the Union Island Environmental Attackers expressed her sincere thanks for the much-needed assistance for the community of Mayreau. Ms. Collins maintains that lives will be enhanced and also made less vulnerable to the threats of climate change. Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Yoshinori Yakabe was similarly pleased that the Government of Japan is able to support the region in addressing the impacts of climate change.
He added, “The Government of Japan recognizes the necessity for improving the region’s resilience to climate change hazards and remains committed to collaborating with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the region as a whole, on climate change adaptation and mitigation.”
As climate change is recognised as one of the most serious challenges compounding vulnerabilities inherent to the Caribbean, J-CCCP’s aim to ensure that barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies are addressed and overcome in a participatory and efficient manner is especially important.
The project brings together policymakers, experts and representatives of affected communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technology incubation and diffusion.
By doing so, the initiative aims to ensure policy instruments such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) provide tailored frameworks to expand access to clean energy and to prioritise adaptation measures.