PM: Government strengthens environmental management policies

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Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Andrew Holness, makes a point during a virtual panel discussion on World Oceans Day 2021 today.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to protecting the environment through the continued strengthening of management policies designed to be comprehensive and sustainable.

“Over the past few years, the government has undertaken significant work to gradually strengthen our environmental governance framework. We have finalized several key national environmental policies, including, for example, a climate change policy framework, a forestry policy, a water sector policy and action plan, an ocean management policy and coastal zones and a national policy on environmental management systems,” he said. mentioned.

The Prime Minister, speaking in a virtual roundtable on World Oceans Day 2021 on Wednesday, said Jamaica’s environmental policy framework is designed to respond to our “national priorities, emerging risks and …to fulfill our multilateral environmental commitments”.

He indicated that the Government was also in the process of finalizing other topic-specific policies, including a national policy on the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes, watershed management policies, a policy on protected areas, a beach access and management policy and an emissions policy. framework to tackle all sources of air pollution.

He added that a wildlife trade policy and a national biosecurity policy are also being developed.

“These policies will in turn inform the country’s environmental and legislative framework, which itself is being transformed to make it more modern and relevant and more responsive to national circumstances and priorities,” he said. he declares.

Holness noted that a new Fisheries Act has been passed and several pieces of environmental legislation are being amended, including the country’s main environmental legislation – the National Resources Conservation Authority Act. .

“We are quite comprehensive in what we do to manage our environment. In the end, it all comes down to two things: government commitment and the resources available to the country. Right now, our commitment may be a little higher than our resources, but we remain committed and we are placing the resources to sustain our commitment,” he stressed.

The roundtable was held as part of activities to mark the United Nations World Oceans Day, which was held under the theme “Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”.

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