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    • Sustainable Development Specialist at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Elizabeth Emanuel, is assuring environmentalists and the Jamaican public, that environmental preservation will play a pivotal role in the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.
    • "There is recognition worldwide that you cannot have socio-economic development with an unhealthy environment. The very basis of economic growth and development is your environment and as such we will be focusing on the proper use and management of our natural environment," she stated, at a recent JIS 'Think Tank'.
    • "Sustainable development is a challenge to many countries, as it is very easy to see the short term wins of economic growth, but when you begin to think about sustainability and the future, you begin to recognise that environmental issues are very important.Vision 2030 Jamaica looks at the various facets of the environment as well as planning and hazard issues and tries to formulate a number of strategies to address the current state of the environment and our vulnerability," she added.

    Sustainable Development Specialist at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Elizabeth Emanuel, is assuring environmentalists and the Jamaican public, that environmental preservation will play a pivotal role in the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.

    “There is recognition worldwide that you cannot have socio-economic development with an unhealthy environment. The very basis of economic growth and development is your environment and as such we will be focusing on the proper use and management of our natural environment,” she stated, at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’.

    “Sustainable development is a challenge to many countries, as it is very easy to see the short term wins of economic growth, but when you begin to think about sustainability and the future, you begin to recognise that environmental issues are very important.Vision 2030 Jamaica looks at the various facets of the environment as well as planning and hazard issues and tries to formulate a number of strategies to address the current state of the environment and our vulnerability,” she added.

    Vision 2030 Jamaica is a national long term development plan that was developed by a wide cross section of stakeholders, including the Government and Opposition, public and private sectors, non-governmental organisations and community/interest groups. It is built on four strategic goals, which are connected to 15 national outcomes that will be driven by established national strategies.

    ‘Jamaica has a healthy natural environment’ is one of the plan’s four goals, which when achieved, would help Jamaica to become a developed country by 2030, thus realising the vision of “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.”

    The extent to which the plan is judged a success will depend on whether or not by 2030 Jamaica can meet the outcomes of sustainable management and use of environmental and natural resources, hazard risk reduction and adaptation to climate change, and sustainable urban and rural development.

    The Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan can be viewed at www.pioj.gov.jm.

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