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Cabinet to receive Biennial Update Report on climate change

Published:Monday | August 8, 2016 | 11:13 AM

The Cabinet is this week expected to receive Jamaica's Biennial Update Report to be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The report includes information on Jamaica's greenhouse gas emissions; actions that are likely to be taken to reduce these emissions, such as the enhancement of forest cover; financial or technical support that will be required to undertake these actions; or activities and information on support already received, if any.

Last week, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Audrey Sewell received the report for submission to the Cabinet.

According to Sewell, climate change can be considered as one of the threats to sustainable development.

She says if it is not addressed, it could retard Jamaica's goals for economic growth and job creation.

Sewell says the best approach must be found that will balance the need for a healthy environment and that of growing the economy.

Project Director, Clifford Mahlung says Jamaica received US$352,000 to prepare the Biennial Update Report on climate change.

The project proposal was prepared by the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the Meteorological Service and the Environment and Risk Management Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.