Today the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), will stage a Government of Jamaica Round Table at the Knutsford Court Hotel, as part of the effort to develop a National Plan of Action (NPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Sources and Activities.
The Round Table is part of a series of other workshops targeting members of the waste management, agricultural, manufacturing, shipping and tourism sectors. The Government, private sectors and the utility companies were also targeted. Earlier this month similar workshops were held at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
An initial National Workshop was held on April 30 at the Jamaica Conference Center which laid the foundation for other workshops. It identified sewage treatment and disposal, solid waste management and agriculture (erosion) as the priority areas for the NPA this formed the basis for other workshops. Future workshops are dependent on the outcomes of the Sector-specific workshops
The Sectoral Workshops, as they are called, were also aimed at NGO’s and members of the public. A final National Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, will mark the end of the series.
The Sectoral Workshops were working meetings where experts working within the identified sectors provided information on program’s and projects and existing and upcoming initiatives intended to minimise pollution of the coastal and marine environments.
NEPA is working in partnership with the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean Environment Program of the United Nations Environment Program CAR/RCU to ensure the success of this effort.
For more information go to www.nepa.gov.jm