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  • Fifty-five residents of nine communities in four parishes have been trained and certified as environmental wardens under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP).
  • They hail from Canaan Heights, York Town , Bucknor, and Treadlight in Clarendon; Steer Town, St. Ann; Anchovy, Barrett Town, Flanker, Granville and Retirement in St. James; and Russia in Westmoreland.
  • Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, in his address to the wardens, urged them to use their training to foster awareness among residents about the need to protect the environment.

Fifty-five residents of nine communities in four parishes have been trained and certified as environmental wardens under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP).

They hail from Canaan Heights, York Town , Bucknor, and Treadlight in Clarendon; Steer Town, St. Ann; Anchovy, Barrett Town, Flanker, Granville and Retirement in St. James; and Russia in Westmoreland.

The wardens, who were presented with their certificates at a ceremony held at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay on Friday (October 9), underwent three days of rigorous training in sustainable waste management practices; proper handling, storage and disposal of waste; and Jamaica solid waste management laws and regulations.

Other areas covered were solid waste and litter law enforcement practices and procedures; National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) regulations and guidelines; environmental pollution prevention; fire safety and emergency response; Ministry of Health guidelines; and disease prevention and management.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, in his address to the wardens, urged them to use their training to foster awareness among residents about the need to protect the environment.

He noted that “we have not been protective of the environment and it has now come back to haunt us but we call it by a fancy name –‘climate change’.”

Noting that part of their duty is managing solid waste in their communities, Minister Pickersgill said “solid waste management …could provide lucrative commercial opportunities.”

For his part, JSIF Environmental Specialist, Dr. Milton Clarke, told the new wardens that they are now “legitimate community leaders with a major role to play in the development of your respective communities.”

“It is therefore important that you treat this opportunity not only as a job to earn an income, but also as a means or a vehicle for transforming your communities to coincide with the goals and objectives of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan,” he said.

During the ceremony, awards were presented to Audrey Phillips of Anchovy, and Carlington Miller of Russia, who were the top female and male participants, respectively.

In attendance were Members of Parliament of the various constituencies represented at the function.

Under the environmental wardens programme, a total of 164 persons in 30 underserved communities across the island are being trained, certified and gazetted as legal officers to enforce regulations and requirements under the National Solid Waste Management Act (NSWMA).

They have responsibility to enforce the NSWMA and regulations; educate the residents of their respective communities about sustainable waste management practices and solid waste laws; and clean the community on a daily basis.

The World Bank-funded programme is slated to run for three years at a cost of $100 million, and involves partnership with the NSWMA, the Ministry of Health, Jamaica Fire Department, and National Environment and Planning Agency  (NEPA).

The 55 newly certified Environmental Wardens, under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), show off their certificates at the graduation ceremony held on October 9, at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay.

The other 109 wardens, who were presented with their certificates during a ceremony at the Trench Town Multi-Purpose Centre on September 30, are from Hannah Town, Denham Town, Tivoli Gardens, Rema/Wilton Gardens, Rose Town, Greenwich Town, Majesty Gardens, Maxfield Park, Ellerslie Gardens, Passmore Town, Jones Town/Craig Town, Federal Gardens, Whitfield Town, Shelter Rock, and Central Village in Kingston and St. Andrew; and Lauriston, March Pen, Tawes Meadows, and Knollis, St. Catherine.