Countdown to Jamaica’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction and Climate Resilient Strategy
From back, left to right: Director, Hazard Mitigation & Risk Management, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Phillipa Ricketts-Edmund; Senior Director, Technology & Training RADA, Winston Shaw; Assistant Lecturer, Department of Government UWI Mona, Glenville McLeod; Principal Director, Operations, Forestry Department, Jerome Smith; Senior Planner, NSWMA, Garfield Murray; Research Development Officer, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Ajani Alleyne; Policy/Finance Consultant, Climate Analytics, Rodrigo Narvaez; Senior Implementation Specialist, Climate Analytics, Paolo Cozzi; development specialist at Climate Analytics, UnaMay Gordon.
Front, left to right: Coordinator, Quality Air Management NEPA, Jody Ann Minott-Marston; Environment Officer, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Monifa Blake; Senior Technical Officer, Migration, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Omar Alcock; Science and Technology Development Planner PIOJ, Farrah Hansel Murray; Junior Implementation Specialist, Climate Analytics, Arunima Sircar; Director, World Heritage and Cultural Convention, Ministry of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, Debra-Kay Palmer.
March 3, 2023
The Climate Change Division (CCD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) on February 28 hosted the first mission of the global climate NGO, Climate Analytics, towards the development of Jamaica’s 2050 Long-Term Emissions Reduction and Climate Resilient Strategy (LTS) in time for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP28 meetings in December 2023.
The strategy will establish a national vision and roadmap for Jamaica to seize the opportunities of sustainable and resilient development while considering climate change. It will aim to bring together the goals of Vision 2030 Jamaica with the updated national determined contribution (NDC) for 2050.
The process is utilising analytical efforts that have been conducted over the past two years and involve multiple stakeholder consultations at national, regional and parish levels involving government agencies, the private sector, academia, and civic groups, including youth groups.
It is anticipated that to achieve long term emissions reduction, the strategy will recommend transformations across multiple sectors, including energy production, transport, construction, forestry, agriculture, and waste management.
Funding for the project has been made available by the German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) through the multi sector 2050 Pathways Project (2050PP), which has contracted Climate Analytics which has global experience in using climate science and analysis in policy development. The 2050 Pathways Platform is a multilateral initiative that was launched at COP22 to support long-term climate strategies across the world.
The mission meetings included personnel from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation; Ministry of Transport and Mining; Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Rural Agriculture Development Agency (RADA), Forestry Department; National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); National Environment and Protection Agency (NEPA) and the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona.