The Government of Jamaica, through its National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), has embarked on the production of the 7th National State of Environment (SOE) Report. The SOE report will provide Jamaicans a report card on the nation’s environmental performance between 2014 and 2017 and will inform medium-term environmental strategies and goal-setting in NEPA’s next Strategic Plan. Using indicators in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Jamaica’s National Development Plan (Vision 2030), the 2017 SOE report will serve as a reliable source of environmental information on the status, trends and spatial patterns of valued environmental components and the drivers and pressures that affect them. Funding for the development of the 2017 SOE report comes from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
NEPA has contracted ESSA to collate and evaluate the quality of available environmental data, and use these data to generate a standardized set of environmental indicators to track trends in Jamaica and as a basis to benchmark Jamaica’s performance with international peers. In preparing the SOE report ESSA will apply the internationally-accepted Drivers-Pressures-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework, which examines the inter-relationship between people and nature. ESSA is proud to support NEPA in its mission to ensure transparency, accountability and accessibility in environmental reporting.
Check out the news release about this important work from the Government of Jamaica: click HERE.