A sum of $13 million has been allocated in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, towards the National Quick Start Programme Trust Fund Project, in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.
The project, which began in April 2011, is being implemented by the Environmental Management Division.
It aims to build Jamaica’s capacity to manage chemicals in an environmentally sound manner, in keeping with the 2020 target of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM).
The money for this fiscal year will go towards: preparing drafting instructions for chemical legislation; conducting an inventory of priority chemicals (mercury and asbestos); commence the training of officers/operators that handle hazardous material (HAZWOPER); and commence the development and implementation of a national programme for the environmentally sound management of electrical and electronic wastes.
Activities envisaged under the programme include: preparation of drafting instructions for legislation to govern the management of chemicals; updating the national chemical profile, slated for implementation by 2014; development of a National Chemicals Emergency Response Plan (NCERP); training of officers in the handling of hazardous materials; developing and implementing a national programme for the environmentally sound management of electrical and electronic waste; and undertaking a mercury and asbestos inventory.
The project, which is slated to be executed between April 2012 and March 2014, is being funded by the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter