Sustainable Development

UNDP is working to build Jamaica's capacity in management of the environment and its natural resources by supporting programmes which protect the island's rich biodiversity, help it meet key global obligations for environmental protection and improve energy efficiency and security.

Our Goals

UNDP is supporting Jamaica in strengthening the country's policy and institutional framework for sustainable management of its natural resources, including parks and protected areas. UNDP is assisting in the capacity development of key institutions to manage national protected areas and parks, and to implement sustainable land management practices. The programme also works to enhance energy conservation and efficiency, and ensure synergies between energy policies and other human development considerations. UNDP seeks to create opportunities for continued development of Jamaica's renewable energy options, in support of the government's implementation of its renewable energy sub-policy.

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains were inscribed to UNESCO’s Prestigious World Heritage List in 2015. The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, which spans sections of three parishes is one of the areas to benefit from the UNDP Strengthening of National Protected Areas in Jamaica Project. The National Park is the largest contiguous area of natural forest in Jamaica, protecting 193 acres of forest on mountain slopes and comprising 10 watershed management units. Photo Credit: Vilma Gregory/UNDP Jamaica.more

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