In a competitive global market, the natural environment plays an impactful role in the success of any country’s economy. Therefore, the fourth National Goal of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan has this focus – “Jamaica has a healthy natural environment”.
The National Outcomes for this Goal are:
- Sustainable management and use of environmental and natural resources
- Hazard risk reduction and adaptation to climate change
- Sustainable urban and rural development
There have been new and continued efforts to realise this goal and its outcomes. Some of the following have been done to achieve a healthy and natural environment:
- Annual Coastal Clean-up activities island-wide on International Coastal Clean-up Day hosted by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
- National Clean-up Campaign by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to teach proper disposal of garbage and the destruction of mosquito breeding sites.
- Measures to strengthen anti-litter laws by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.
- Repairs undertaken to minor water systems across the island.
- Renewable energy plants commissioned into operation. These include the Wigton III and BMR Jamaica wind farms.
- Government support of local farmers to boost agricultural output and grow the sector.
- Training of farmers in climate-smart agricultural practices.
- The repair of rural roadways in sections of St. Ann, St. Mary and St. Andrew.
- The commencement of repairs to major roadways in Kingston.
For more information on National Goal #4, please visit www.vision2030.gov.jm