Antigua and Barbuda’s Cabinet Receives Update on Climate Funding, Water Innovation for Farming

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Ambassador Diann Black-Layne making a presentation during the session on “Integrated Resilience Planning” at the GCF Global Programming Conference, photo is courtesy of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

CABINET NOTES: The Chief Environment Officer (CEO) was invited to Cabinet to report on the funding which Antigua and Barbuda is receiving and about to receive through several multilateral funding agencies, to include the GCF (Green Climate Fund) and the SIRF (Sustainable Island Resource Fund).

The Department of the Environment secured resources to help repair and upgrade community clinics, police and fire stations, the ABDF Headquarters, schools and churches.

These are institutions that double as community shelters during hurricanes and floods and must agree to serve such a purpose before funding is distributed.

The Chief Environment Officer (CEO) also was questioned about farmers and the provision of water to farms; it would not be appropriate for chlorinated water to be applied to crops and livestock.

Consequently, a system of three ponds has been designed to remove chlorine from APUA water that is used on farms; and, the DOE has secured funding of as much as $35 Million US to enable the system to be put in place.

Thus far five farmers have benefited from this technology, to a value of more than $150,000 US each.

The CEO also reported that the Loss and Damage Fund, established on account of the advocacy of Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, will hold its first board meeting at the end of this April 2024.

Criteria will then be set to allow for countries to access qualifying grants.

A proposal has been put forward to ready the Car Park for government-owned vehicles to be moved from the open and vulnerable carpool at Pigotts to the covered Car Park, in the event of a threatening hurricane or dangerous flooding.

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