ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Japan Thursday said it is committed to supporting developing nations in enhancing their resilience to climate change.
“Japan as a proactive active contributor to world peace and security and as a nation with many small islands has been active in tackling climate change issues,” Japan Ambassador to Dominica, Mitsuhiko Okada, said as he spoke at a ceremony where his country is providing 220 million yen (US$2.2 million) to the hurricane battered country.
He said the grant aid is intended to enhance Dominica’s capacity to resound to climate change and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties ,COP 21, Tokyo announced new initiatives for supporting action in developing countries to address climate change.
He said under this new initiative Japan will provide US$12 billion in climate change finance to developing countries to the year 2020 covering renewable energy production, resilient infrastructure among other activities.
He said for Dominica in particular, Japan has provided emergency assistance twice in two years. “In addition Japan has just done an exchange of notes with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) for a project that aims to strengthen the disaster management capacity of women in the Commonwealth of Dominica.”
He said the grant to Dominica is part of his country’s global efforts to support developing countries responding to climate change.
He said the grant will be used to purchase equipment which will enhance the logistical capability of the island as well as help it deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria “and future extreme weather events”.