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Climate is water!

Why Water Adaptation?

Climate change will manifest as water management problems - Climate is Water! Therefore, we must adjust the way we do things to minimize negative impacts related to droughts, inconsistent water supply as well as floods. We must adapt!

Water Adaptation is, therefore, being encouraged to address the ongoing water management issues related to climate change.  This continues to be the most serious threat to sustainable development facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In the case of Jamaica, drought and shifting patterns of rainfall will increase the serious challenges already impacting the country’s water supply and distribution system.

More broadly, Caribbean territories are particularly vulnerable to the many hazards associated with climate change.  This vulnerability is a key reason for countries such as Jamaica to better adapt to the changing atmospheric conditions.

With continuous changes in Climate, Jamaica’s water supply could be affected negatively in the following ways:

 

  • Water problems in the form of floods, cyclones, heat waves and droughts.
  • Long dry periods and short episodes of torrential rainfall
  • Dry spells which impact the water supply systems and periods of heavy rainfall which pollute water resources and causes severe damage to infrastructure, including energy facilities, which play a critical role in the supply of water.
  • Sea level rise will result in salt water being introduced  into  groundwater resources
  • Reduction of freshwater available for potable water supply.
  • In order to respond to the impending water crisis related to times of limited water supply, we must adapt!

This climate adaptation approach must also involve the practice of water use efficiency and conservation.  Together, these will reduce the demand for water so that it is in line with supply. The Water Project, therefore, seeks to improve the water use efficiency by Jamaican households and to increase climate-resilient housing on the island.

Project

Overview

The Water Project was designed to address water management issues related to climate change, which is the most serious threat to sustainable development facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  In the case of Jamaica, drought and shifting patterns of rainfall will exacerbate serious challenges already impacting the country’s water supply and distribution system such as capital and operational budgetary constraints, aging assets, population growth, urbanization and environmental degradation.  There is also the problem of inconsistent water supply negatively impacting local communities as well as the business models of housing developers and construction companies.  In addition, limited financing and an uncertain business case for water adaptation are barriers to the uptake of water efficient measures by the housing development sector.

The Jamaica National water adaptation project therefore aims to tackle the issue through provision of an impactful, scalable model for greater efficiency in Jamaica.  In particular, the project aims to enhance Jamaica’s climate resilience through the use of water adaptation technology in the country’s housing sector.  The project zooms in on the important role that householders and developers should play to improve efficient water use in the housing sector and will work with project beneficiaries under 3 main banners- Efficient. Resilient. Secure:

Project

Components

To achieve its objectives, the Water Project has two main components:

The Loan Component covers the on-lending of funds for the Integration of Water Adaptation Measures in New and existing Jamaican Housing and will be administered by the JN Bank. For more information click here.

The Technical Cooperation Component has four sub-components and is being administered by the JN Foundation.

These sub-components include:

  • demonstrating the business case for water efficiency for developers and construction companies, and the financial case for water adaptation in households,
  • building local capacity to design and install water adaptation measures,
  • supporting a climate resilience entrepreneurship program, and
  • raising awareness of the threats of climate change and the related opportunities presented by water efficiency by local businesses, financial institutions, civil society and the Government of Jamaica.
Who

Benefits

Under the water project, several groups of persons will benefit. Primarily, Developers and Householders are set to benefit in the following ways:

Developers Householders

Environmentally friendly Practical Solutions

Access to wider range of efficient smart technology water saving devices and appliances in local marketplace

Greater Market Demand and Appeal due to Unique Selling Proposition for new construction and retrofits

Lower costs, greater savings

Access to Affordable Financing for cutting edge technology

Greater control over water consumption, conservation and use

Expand Geographic Areas for Housing Development

More affordable and sustainable source of water during droughts and water lock-offs

Other persons and organisations set to benefit under the project include:


Small local businesses and technicians who will benefit by supplying water efficient solutions.

Young Jamaican entrepreneurs who will receive training in business opportunities

Technical professionals involved in the design and specification of home construction.

Suppliers and Installers of Water adaptation technology

National Water Commission, which will benefit from greater water use efficiency

Other households in Jamaica who will indirectly benefit from reduced stress on the water supply.