Jamaica biodiversity strategy and action plan. ABBREVIATIONS & ACRONYMS. CABI. CABI Caribbean and Latin America regional office. CBD. Convention on Biological Diversity. CBD-CHM Convention on Biological Diversity Clearing-House Mechanism. CARDI. Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute. CCAMF. Caribbean Coastal Area.

Jamaica biodiversity strategy and action plan


Jamaica biodiversity strategy and action plan. Jamaica is in the process of revising and updating its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

Jamaica biodiversity strategy and action plan

Wednesday, October 22, The revised plan will serve as a "strong basis for the country to achieve more of its sustainable development goals post", according to the National Environment and Planning Agency NEPA. Director of the Environmental Management and Conservation Division at NEPA, Anthony McKenzie said it will produce "measurable targets to safeguard or restore key ecosystem services, especially for water, health and livelihoods" as well as "make recommendations that could help the island's natural resources to adapt and become more resilient to climate change impacts".

He warned, however, that a balance must be struck between environmental conservation and development demands. Emphasis will be placed on incorporating biodiversity values and services into local and national development plans, which will then feed into the poverty-reduction strategies of the Government," he said.

Similarly, deputy director general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica Claire Bernard cautioned staekholders at an inception workshop to launch the project last Thursday, that neither area of interest can be pursued to the exclusion of the other. Her comments appeared to have been an indirect reference to the vexed Goat Islands development project in which Chinese investors are proposing to construct a trans-shipment port in the middle of the Portland Bight Protected Area.

McKenzie, meanwhile, told the Jamaica Observer that the agency issued licences for geo-technical investigation in the area about three months ago. Having said that, there are development activities in that area already; there are sections of the Portland Bight Protected Area that are industrialised, so to speak. As to whether we can accommodate another facility without it having undue and significant impact on the resources, that evaluation would have to take place," he said.

That evaluation, he said, would only happen after an independnet environmental impact assessment is carried out.

It is expected to last for one year. The targets set will be in line with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets outlined in the Strategic Plan Biodiversity A working committee will be formed to undertake the work of updating the plan, develop national targets, and anchor the implementation of the new plan into the national development framework for sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, mining, water, housing, town planning, transport, heritage, and disaster management.

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