Local Climate Change Initiative Receives EU-Funded Equipment

Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Trade, Housing and the Environment, Claude Hogan on Tuesday received equipment to support the his ministry’s work on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

The GOM accepted 2 PCs, 2 laptops, GPS handheld receivers and a laser printer.
The GOM accepted 2 PCs, 2 laptops, GPS handheld receivers and a laser printer.

Hogan accepted the gifts, funded by the European Union through the Global Climate Change Alliance Project (GCCAP). The project chair on island is Billy Darroux. He said during the handover ceremony that agriculture and disaster risk reduction went hand in hand and the equipment was to support the continued work of the ministry departments which are all integral to dealing with climate change matters.

Minister Hogan said the equipment was timely as there was a limited budget to replace old computers in the Geographic Information System (GIS) office.

The office received two personal computers, two laptops, GPS handheld receivers and a laser printer. They are expected to also receive CAD software and new GIS software.

Chair of the GCCA Steering Group Billy Darroux presents Hon. Min of Agriculture Claude Hogan the new equipment purchased to assist with climate change projects on island.
Chair of the GCCA Steering Group Billy Darroux presents Hon. Min of Agriculture Claude Hogan the new equipment purchased to assist with climate change projects on island.

The minister expressed thanks for the equipment, adding that since its formation in 2014, the GCCAP has been the “key driver in assisting us with the modalities and mechanism to adapt to the rapid demands of climate change and their impacts on our fragile environment.”

Since its inception, Montserrat has benefited through the climate change alliance project with EC$85,000 to update the National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan. An updated Building Code funded for EC$50,000, which includes elements of energy efficiency and provisions for people with disability is expected to come on stream later in 2016.

Head of Planning Jerome Meade, explains to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture Claude Hogan how the GPS receiver functions.
Head of Planning Jerome Meade, explains to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture Claude Hogan how the GPS receiver functions.

The OECS has received financing from the EU to execute a five-year climate change adaptation project to the tune of EC$38.7 million. The project ends December 31, 2018.

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