Jamaica: Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience in the Development Planning Process


Context and Objectives
The primary objective of the project is to support the strengthening of Jamaica’s disaster risk management (DRM) framework. Sub-objectives include mainstreaming of DRM in policy development, improving the application of disaster risk analysis to selected sectors, and strengthening institutional capacity for disaster vulnerability reduction.

Main Activities

  • Developing planning instruments for Disaster Risk Management, to assist the government in further incorporating DRM criteria in public investments. 
  • Conducting a transport sector infrastructure disaster risk analysis. 
  • Developing Guidelines for Coastal Management & Beach Restoration based on an eco-system approach. 
  • Developing a Strategy for Preventative Resettlement. 
  • Analysing the needs regarding the accessibility and locations of search and rescue equipment for first-responder services, and training officials and practitioners on effective emergency management.

The main results of the project are:

  • The finalization of the Guidelines for Coastal Protection and Beach Restoration. The document aims to incorporate the use of nature-based infrastructure, hard infrastructure, non-structural solutions, and a combination of them. The Government of Jamaica’s agencies committed to exploring whether the guidelines can be changed into a formal policy document.
  • The finalization of a National Strategy for Resettlement regarding natural disasters. The last stages of the finalization of the strategy are led by a lead unit within the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, which will coordinate the resettlement agenda within the country. 
  • An analysis of the impact of flood/landslides on the road network and transport infrastructure has been conducted. 
  • An analysis on the gaps in capacity building that exist has been finalized, which can feed into a future training plan for emergency management.

Partners and Coordination
The project’s key counterparts were the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. Other public institutions and agencies, such as the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund were also key counterparts.

Useful Links

The Coastal Management and Beach Restoration Guidelines can be found here.

  • Caribbean
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $859,849
  • $0
  • 01/2015 - 02/2020