The first in a series of public meetings on the setting up of an Environmental Regulatory Authority (ERA) will be held on Friday, October 12, at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville, Manchester, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Officials are expected to receive feedback from public and private sector stakeholders on the ERA, which will effectively address environmental, social and economical issues that will contribute to sustainable development and national growth.
A Green Paper has been developed by a Steering Committee, comprising various stakeholders in the environmental field, under the guidance of Professor Anthony Clayton of the University of the West Indies,
Another meeting will be held on Saturday, October 13, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre (Dome), Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, beginning at 5:00 p.m., while on Saturday, October 20, a similar meeting will be held at the Girl Guides Association, 2 Waterloo Road, Kingston, starting at the same time.
Consultations will also take place at non-governmental organisations and at public sector entities, including the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.
Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Chairman of the ERA's Steering Committee, Rev. Dr. Garnet Brown, said the consultations will serve to inform the recommendations contained in the Green Paper.
He appealed to citizens to participate in the meetings, to ensure that what is put forward in the Green Paper is representative of their desires.
Persons interested in reading the ERA's Green Paper can visit the JIS' website or at www.cabinet.gov.jm/ERA