Jamaica Readies Climate Change Plan

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Above: Jamaica

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Jamaica will soon be putting forth a draft Green Paper on a national Climate Change policy to Parliament, according to Environment Minister Robert Pickersgill.

The policy and action plan will call for the development of climate change sector plans and the implementation of “special initiatives,” Pickersgill said.

While the specifics of the policy have not yet been laid out, the plan will be extremely important for a country that, like all of its Caribbean neighbours, is among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change.

“In addition, all Ministries and Departments will be required to designate a focal point to facilitate the coordination of climate change actions across governments,” he said.

The policy was prepared under a project jointly funded by the government, the European Union and the United Nations Environment Programme.

USAID also supported the process.