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Jamaica - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Jamaica has a tropical maritime climate with a broad range of different topographical and geological features, all of which influence its abundant biodiversity... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Threats to Jamaica’s biodiversity include habitat loss, over-exploitation, the impact of invasive alien species, weak law enforcement, inadequate awareness of the value of natural resources, poor spatial planning and land use, pollution and climate change... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

To help implement the NBSAP (2003), 37 projects were identified designed to address 7 major goals: 1) to conserve biodiversity; 2) the sustainable use of biological resources; 3) to facilitate access to biological resources to promote developments in biotechnology and benefit-sharing; 4) the safe transfer, handling and use of the living modified organisms; 5) to enhance resource management capacity; 6) raising public awareness, education and community empowerment; and 7) promote local and regional cooperation and collaboration in implementing the CBD and the NBSAP... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Of the 37 projects established in the NBSAP, many of them will help to achieve key Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Increasing awareness of biodiversity (Aichi Biodiversity Target 1) is addressed through initiatives such as the Protected Areas Public Education/Information Programme, the Sensitisation of the Judiciary and Training for Customs and Immigration Officers and the Constabulary and the Develop and Expand Existing Environment Education Programmes and Exhibits in the Royal Botanical Gardens, including the Hope Zoo... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

To support the implementation of the NBSAP, there are 52 pieces of legislation with aspects that directly relate to environmental issues, but very few of these statutes deal comprehensively with the protection, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, as they are primarily sectoral in nature... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Jamaica’s National Ecological Gap Assessment Report was drafted in 2009 in order to “Identify where the existing protected areas fall short in adequately protecting a representative sample of all marine, terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity in the country”... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Jerome Smith
CBD Primary NFP
Ms. Leonie Barnaby
CBD Secondary NFP
Mr. Peter Knight
ICNP ABS NFP
Dr. Suzanne Davis
CHM NFP, CHM Informal Advisory Committee
Dr. Elaine Fisher
SBSTTA NFP
Ms. Carla Gordon
Protected Areas NFP
Dr. Leary Myers
ABS Competent National Authorities

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Jerome Smith
Cartagena Protocol Secondary NFP
Ms. Leonie Barnaby
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Dr. Suzanne Davis
BCH NFP

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