KINGSTON — The Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme has received an additional $103 million in the 2011/12 estimates, now before the House of Representatives.
The programme seeks to increase resilience and reduce risks associated with natural hazards in vulnerable areas, as an adaptive measure to climate change, contributing to sustainable development in Jamaica.
It also... read more

Publishing Date: 21/04/2011

Jamaica, based on its geographic location, topography and geology has experienced many natural hazards that oblige the government to generate new strategies to  prevent those events from becoming major disasters.

Recently, to better manage the physical and human environment at the local/national level before (planning, mitigation,... read more

Publishing Date: 21/08/2009

Advisory Support

Due to its geographic location in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is particularly susceptible to multiple hazards such as floods, storm surges, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. This has encouraged the country to adopt the “Vision 2030 Jamaica” which clearly indicates Jamaica’s desire to become more risk-resilient. It is along these lines that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) requested a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to support the initiation of a programme of action for the use of space-based information.

Mission dates: 02/12/2009 to 04/12/2009


The mission of the Meteorological Service is to take full advantage of the present knowledge of weather and climate, to take steps to improve significantly that knowledge and to foresee and prevent potential man-made changes in climate that might be adverse to the well-being of humanity.

Website: http://www.metservice.gov.jm/

The Water Resources Authority (WRA) is responsible for the management, protection, and controlled allocation and use of Jamaica's water resources. The WRA maintains a hydrological database and provides data, information, and technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Website: http://www.wra.gov.jm/

The MGD has the statutory responsibility under the Mining Act and the Quarries Control Act to exercise general supervision over all prospecting, mining and quarrying operations throughout the island. The Division also manages the investigation, characterization, documentation and release information on all aspects of the geology of Jamaica.

Website: http://www.mgd.gov.jm/

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is an Executive Agency that became operational on April 1, 2001. Its aim is to integrate environmental, planning and sustainable development policies and programmes and to improve customer service.

Website: http://www.nepa.gov.jm

One of Jamaica's primary means of survival in the current global economic environment rests in agriculture. Because of this fact, finding innovative strategies to facilitate increased production and greater yield of the produce for the local and export markets is paramount for Jamaica’s economy. The Rural Physical Planning Division’s mission is to achieve sustainability of the agricultural sector by promoting best management practices for soils and land use.

Website: http://www.rppdjm.com/

The National Housing Trust (NHT) was established in 1976 through an amendment to the National Insurance Act of 1976. NHT’s mission is to increase and enhance the stock of available housing in Jamaica as well as providing financial assistance to those who need support to build, to buy or to repair their homes.

Website: http://www.nht.gov.jm/

A Parish Council is the lowest local authority of governance in Jamaica. Local affairs are administered by individual Parish Councils whose members are elected. Some of the functions that are the responsibility of Parish Councils are: Public Health, Public Markets, Fire Services, and Water Supplies, abattoirs, building regulations, public beaches, street lighting, sanitation and public cleansing.

Website: http://www.localauthorities.gov.jm/

The Planning Institute of Jamaica is an Agency of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. It is committed to leading the process of policy formulation on economic and social issues and external co-operation management to achieve sustainable development for the people of Jamaica.

Website: http://www.pioj.gov.jm

The Agency is the Government’s lead agency responsible for the management and conservation of the country’s forest resources. The functions of the Department are mandated under the Forest Act 1996 and are aimed at managing forests on a sustainable basis to maintain and increase the environmental services and economic benefits they provide.

Website: http://www.forestry.gov.jm/

Disaster preparedness is a dynamic function, which includes the identification of disaster threats and risks throughout the country and the formulation of plans to create a state of readiness to meet the needs of victims when a disaster strikes. As a statutory body, the ODPEM operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister with a... read more

The University of the West Indies established in 1948 initially as an external College of the University of London and made fully independent in 1962, is the oldest, fully regional institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The University has expanded to four campuses located in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. The enduring mission of the University of the West Indies is to propel the economic, social, political and cultural development of West Indian society through teaching, research, innovation, advisory and community services, and intellectual leadership.

On 8 October 2010, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed the cooperation agreement that established the tenth UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO). UWI is the first university to host an RSO and to... read more

The Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) was established by the Jamaican Government in 1991 and is comprised of nine sub-committees. The Council is responsible for organising and ensuring the development and maintenance of a national networked geographical information system, through the collaborative efforts of land and land-related agencies.

Website: http://www.licj.org.jm/

Through operating the Jamaica Seismograph Network and affiliating with other Caribbean and Regional networks, the Earthquake Unit seeks to understand earthquake processes in and around Jamaica and advice the society about earthquake hazards, thereby encouraging community awareness and the application of mitigation strategies to development.

Website: http://www.mona.uwi.edu/earthquake/

The NSDI is entity responsible for the technology, policies, standards, human resources and related activities necessary to acquire process, distribute, use, maintain and preserve spatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors and academia. It provides a base or structure of relationships among data producers and users and focuses on processes that facilitate data sharing.

Website: http://jis.gov.jm/agencies/national-spatial-data-management-division/

UNDP works to promote the advancement of Human Development for the people of Jamaica. They do so by supporting good governance, poverty reduction and sound environmental management, by providing quality advisory and support services and by building strategic partnerships that leverage development assistance for Jamaica. UNDP’s work in Jamaica is focused on: democratic governance, poverty reduction, environment, energy and disaster risk reduction.

Website: http://www.jm.undp.org/


Flash flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Nicole killed 12 people, left wide damages.

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