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Environmental Wardens helping inner-city communities to reduce household fires

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 9:51 AM
In recent months, there have been several fires in some inner-city communities, resulting in loss of lives and property.

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is working to reduce household fires in inner-city communities through its Environmental Wardens Programme.

Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, says the wardens have been helping residents to practise proper waste disposal techniques in order to reduce fires.

In recent months, there have been several fires in some inner-city communities, resulting in loss of lives and property.

Sweeney reportedly told JIS news of the initiative during a tour of the inner-city community of Majesty Gardens, in Kingston on Labour Day.

The Environmental Wardens Programme is one of several being implemented by JSIF as part of the Sustainable Programme for Environmental Resilience, funded by the World Bank’s Integrated Community Development Programme.

Its objective is to improve environmental health and awareness in selected underserved communities through capacity building in solid waste management.