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  • The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change is currently revising the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan (Green Paper), for resubmission to Cabinet.
  • Feedback from recent public consultations on the document is being analysed to determine the recommendations that can be included in the document.
  • The Policy (Green Paper) outlines strategies expected to be implemented in Jamaica to effectively respond to the impacts and challenges associated with climate change.

The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change is currently revising the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan (Green Paper), for resubmission to Cabinet.

Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lt. Colonel (ret’d) Oral Khan, says feedback from recent public consultations on the document is being analysed to determine the recommendations that can be included in the document.

Public comments, opinions and recommendations were solicited from consultations the Ministry held in Kingston; Port Maria, St. Mary; Montego Bay, St. James; and Black River, St. Elizabeth, during February.

Speaking with JIS News following the launch of the Climate Change Focal Point Network, on March 18, Lt. Col. Khan advised that, “we have obtained a lot of very valuable comments out of those consultations.”

“The Ministry is now in the process of going through and analysing these comments to see which ones we can embrace and how we can fit them into the policy document. Hopefully, it will be completed within this month (March) and we hope to get the document back to Cabinet by the end of the month,” he said.

The Policy (Green Paper), which was approved by Cabinet and tabled in the House in late 2013, outlines strategies expected to be implemented in Jamaica to effectively respond to the impacts and challenges associated with climate change.

It is intended, primarily, to support the goals of the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, by reducing the associated risks posed for sectors, such as: water, energy, agriculture, fisheries, coastal and marine resources, health, mining, tourism, planning, and disaster risk reduction and response management.

Establishment of the Climate Change Focal Point Network is one of the requirements outlined in the Policy, to support the Government’s  implementation of provisions under the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan across the public sector  and the wider society.

The network, comprising  27 representatives from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), will collaborate with the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, to implement the provisions.