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Climate Change Documents to be Tabled in Parliament

Two publications by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), which address the issue of climate change, are to be tabled in Parliament shortly by Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill. The two documents – ‘2012 State … Continued


Merger of Environmental Agencies Advanced

Plans are far advanced for the merger of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) with the Forest Conservation Fund (FCF)/Jamaica Protected Areas Trust (JPAT). The amalgamation of the agencies is expected to take effect on April 1. Minister of Water, … Continued


More Parishes under Drought Watch

The Government is looking to see how it can improve assistance to residents in drought stricken parishes. Approximately half the island is now being affected by worsening drought conditions due to the current dry season, which is approaching its half-way … Continued


NWC Embarks on $3b Rehabilitation Programme

The National Water Commission (NWC) has embarked on a $3 billion rehabilitation programme targeting some 445 water tanks islandwide for repairs, among other activities. This undertaking forms part of overall drought mitigation efforts being pursued by the Ministry of Water, … Continued


Red Mud Project No Danger to Environment

The pilot plant being established to undertake the extraction of rare earth elements from the island’s bauxite waste (red mud), will have no negative impact on the environment, says Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Dr. Paris Lyew-Ayee. … Continued


New Tracking Network to Assist Police

Crime-fighting efforts have received another boost in the form of the island’s first Virtual Reference Station network (VRS), which features precise tracking capabilities that can assist in the policing of troubled areas. Speaking at the launch and commissioning of the … Continued


Mapping Natural Hazards Made Easy

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the island’s first Virtual Reference Station Network (VRS), gFIX.net, as a useful tool in mapping natural hazards. The Ministry’s Spatial Management Division handed over the system to … Continued


Land Ministry Launches System to Reduce Cost of Surveying

The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change has officially launched and commissioned its Virtual Reference Station (VRS) Network, gFIX.net, which is expected to revolutionise the surveying and construction sectors. This will effectively reduce production time, as well as … Continued


ODPEM Seeks Emergency Radio Operators

From major earthquakes to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and widespread flooding, the Caribbean region has experienced it all, sometimes with horrific consequences. Oftentimes, vital communication systems, such as landline telephones and cellular phones fail, as they too become susceptible to the … Continued


Yallahs Pipeline Back in Operation

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that the Yallahs pipeline in St. Thomas is back in full operation. The pipeline, which takes water from the Yallahs and Negro Rivers to the Mona dam,suffered severe damage during the passage of … Continued

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