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INSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN JAMAICA


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INTEGRATED DECISION-MAKING

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

The coordinating mechanism for sustainable development is the Sustainable Development Council of Jamaica (SDC-J) with a mandate to monitor the progress of Jamaica towards sustainable development in the context of the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Programme of Action of Small Island Developing States; to assist in the development and shaping of policies and programmes for the effective management and use of the environment; and to facilitate dialogue or build alliances among sectors and participants.

The SDC-J has broad participation. Among the ministries and government agencies are the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA); Ministry of National Security and Justice; Ministry of Environment and Housing; Jamaica Information Service (JIS); Tourism Product Development Company (TDPCO); Jamaica Promotions Limited (JAMPRO); Ministry of Agriculture; Jamaica Bureau of Standards; Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Sports; Ministry of Local Government and Works; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB); Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture; Ministry of Public Utilities and Transport; The Meterological Services; Ministry of Finance and Planning; The National Planning Council (NPC); Office of the Prime Minister (OPM); Ministry of Industry and Commerce; The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); The Attorney General's Department; and The National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST).

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations

Jamaica has a variety of statutes dealing with the environment. The NRCA Act (1991) has direct jurisdiction over environmental matters. The Government recognizes the need to draft additional regulations and strengthen existing ones for more effective environmental laws. The NRCA Act, the Wildlife Protection Act and the Beach Control Act are to be amended . A new Forest Act was enacted in 1996. An environmental warden service was established in 1995 with responsibility for monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws. A number of institution-strengthening projects are currently underway which have targeted governmental environmental management agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans  

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Major Group Involvement

Para-statal bodies, institutions and non-governmental organizations which participate in the Sustainable Development Council include the following: The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ); Jamaica Manufacturers Association of Jamaica (JMA); Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA); Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF); University of the West Indies Centre for Environment and Development (UWICED); University of Technology (UTECH); The Joint Trade Union Research and Development Centre; Telecommunications of Jamaica Limited; The National Water Commission (NWC); The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCO); the Association of Development Agencies, and the National Environmental Societies Trust (NEST).

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National Decision-Making Structure
1. National Sustainable Development Coordination Body: YES
2. National Sustainable Development Policy: NO
3. National Agenda 21/other strategy for SD YES
4. Local/Regional Agenda(s) 21: NO
5. Environmental Impact Assessment Law: YES
6. Major Groups involved in Sustainable Development Decision-Making: YES

National Instruments and Programmes
1. Sustainable. Dev. or environmental education incorporated into school curricula: YES
2. Sustainable Development Indicators Program: NO
3. Ecolabel Regulations: NO
4. Recycle/Reuse Programs: YES
5. Green Accounting Program: NO (project proposed)
6. Access to Internet: YES
7. Access to World Wide Web: YES
8. National World Wide Web Site for Sustainable Development or State of the Environment: YES

www.nrca.org

Policies, Programmes and Legislation
1. Combatting poverty: YES
2. Changing consumption and production patterns: YES
3. Atmosphere: YES
4. Land Use Planning: YES
5. Forest and Deforestation: YES
6. Desertification and Drought: YES
7. Sustainable Mountain Development: NO
8. Sustainable Agriculture: YES
9. Biological Diversity: YES
10. Biotechnology:
11. Oceans and Coastal Areas: YES
12. Freshwater Management: YES
13. Toxic Chemicals: YES
14. Hazardous Wastes: YES
15. Solid Wastes: YES
16. Radioactive Wastes: YES
17. Energy: YES
18. Transport: YES
19. Sustainable Tourism: YES

Programmes and Projects 

No information is available.

Status 

No information is available.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising  

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

No information is available.  

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of Jamaica to the sixth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last Update: May 1998.

For Jamaica's Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA), click here. http://www.sdnp.undp.org/~eclac/CARMIN/DOCS/jamaica.htm
For information on National Institutions and Administrative Capacity in Jamaica's Country Profile for the implementation of SIDS/POA, click here
For SIDS programmes in Jamaica, click here.
For basic information on Jamaica in Earthwatch's Island Directory, click here.
For the Caribbean Environment and Sustainable Development Homepage, click here.
For the Caribbean Sustainable Development Pages, click here.
For information on Environmental Law around the World, click here:

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MAJOR GROUPS

WOMEN

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies   

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans  

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement  

No information is available.

Programmes and Projects

No information is available. 

Status 

No information is available.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising  

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

No information is available.  

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

The Government of Jamaica signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women on 17 July 1980 and ratified it on 19 October 1984.

 

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

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NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

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For the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, click here.
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETIES TRUST

LOCAL AUTHORITIES

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WORKERS AND UNIONS

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BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY

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SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COMMUNITY

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FARMERS

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SCIENCE

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

The Scientific Research Council facilitates dialogue among the scientific community, the Government and the public at large with respect to issues related to sustainable development. The co-ordinating body is the National Commission of Science and Technology (NCST).

Science is incorporated into decision-making for sustainable development through regular reporting to Government from its Agencies engaged in Science and Technology, one of which is the Scientific Research Council (SRC).

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations 

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans  

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement  

No information is available.

Programmes and Projects

No information is available. 

Status 

No information is available.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising  

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

Research takes place through the SRC Scientific Research Council, Hope Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica. And is funded by the Governments of Jamaica and Germany. Currently, the results are being used to upgrade stakeholders' environmental management, and will be used to put practices, policies and strategies in place in the long term.

One of many areas of research being undertaken at the Scientific Research Council is the Integrated Wastewater Management Programme, part of an overall Environmentally Sound Wastewater Management Programme.

The Science sector take into account the special needs of the poor in its research on sustainable development and, through this research, is able to help support such benefits to the poor as increased chances of employment, better municipal community services, overall environmental preservation and availability of resources such as water.

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of Jamaica to the sixth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last Update: May 1998.

Information on science is available on the Internet, at the following World Wide Web address:

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INFORMATION

No information available.

 

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For Jamaica's Sustainable Development Networking Programme, click here.

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INTERNATIONAL LAW

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