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PHASE I REPORT AND PRELIMINARY
PHASE II WORKPLAN FOR JAMAICA
COUNTRY ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE

Ralph M. Field Assoc. Inc.


January, 1985




























This document was produced for the Environmental
Planning and Management Project of the
International Institute for Environment and
Development under the
Purchase Order Contract No. PO-1B










The Env:ronmental Planning and Management Project is a
cooperative agreement between the International Institute
fo" Environment and Development and tne U.S. Agency for
International Development to respond to requests for
assistance from developing countries in a variety of
environmental and natural resource management problems.





Single copies of this document are available free from:

International Institute for Environment and Development
1717 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 462-0900









INTRODUCTIONN


This report briefly summarizes the results obtained in the initial phase of work in
preparing a Country Environmental Profile for Jamaica. Under a subcontract with the
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Ralph M. Field Associates,
Inc. (R.NFA) provided guidance and technical support to the staff of the Natural
Resources Conservation Department (NRCD), which conducted the sectoral and sub-
sectoral reviews.


The objectives of this first phase were to:
o Prepare an initial inventory of relevant NRCD file materials, reports, and publications
pertinent to the various sectors under review;
o Compile a preliminary statement of issues relevant to each of the sectors;
o Identify sectors for which consultants would be needed to supplement NRCD staff
capabilities.


A related purpose of this first phase was to directly involve NRCD staff in the research
work as a means of orienting them to the goals and objectives of the Country
Environmental Profile.


Assessment of NRCD's Bibliographic and File Materials


The following section briefly assesses the information resources available within NRCD
for each of the sectors:


Sector Assessment


Forestry Significant file material is reported to exist in the N RCD
library; however, the bibliography cited in the staff report
appears small and somewhat dated. Richest data sources
are likely to be in other departments of the Ministry of
Agriculture such as Forestry and Soil Conservation.









Fisheries


Coastal Areas


Wildlife


Water and Hydrology


Mining


National Parks





Agriculture


An extensive bibliography is cited, with publications
available within NRCD. The Fisheries Division and the
two Marine Labs would be other principal repositories.
The NRCD are files relatively strong with respect to
information on fish kills and pollution; relatively weak
on catch statistics and other hard data.


The bibliographic and file materials cited tend to be
problem or area specific; fev island-wide surveys exist
although there seems to be a relatively good information
base available from a diversity of outside sources.


Although not included with the staff report, an extensive
bibliography has been prepared of materials on file at
NRCD. NRCD probably is the best source of information
on wildlife in Jamaica.


File materials seem adequate, at least for the preparation
of an initial paper focusing on problem situations; the
bibliographic materials cited appear to be dated (mainly
1970's).


NRCD has considerable background material on bauxite
and peat mining, particularly related to impacts of peat
mining in the Black Rive and Negril areas.


A few general studies by consultants have been prepared;
the files also contain proposals prepared by NRCD staff
for establishing national parks in specific locations.


NRCD document resources seem adequate, at least for
preparing a "base laying" paper; but systematic
information on agriculture, irrigation, etc. must be sought
outside the Department.






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Recreation & Tourism






Natural Hazards


Industry





Training



PVO's


NRCD's information tends to focus on particular resource
types (e.g., beaches) and problem situations (e.g.
pollution). No overview material on recreation and
tourism is available.


No material on natural hazards is available in NRCD files.


NRCD's information base focuses on specific pollution
and problem situations; no overview of industry structure
or trends.


Relatively little hard information exists except for a
record of staff training within NRCD.


Files consist largely of correspondence, and records of
NRCD's liaison activities with PVO's.


Population


NRCD's bibliographic material appears
preparing an initial situation paper.


adequate for


Urban Infrastructure


No systematic studies on urban infrastructure needs or
conditions are available within NRCD.


Statement of Issues and Need for Consulting Assistance


NRCD staff also prepared issue statements for each of the sectors listed in the preceding
section. As to be expected, the quality of the statements vary considerably. Those
sectors that are within NRCD's traditional purview, such as "wildlife", turned out too
be very good and, with little additional work, could provide a basis for charting the
nature of on-going work. Other issue statements (natural hazards, for example) contained
little of value. These papers are now available within NRCD, and 'he individual sectoral
findings need not be repeated here. What is indicated below are the sectors for which
outside consultants will be needed. This determination was made in consultation with
Beverly Miller, Principal Director of NRCD, and Paul Carroll, a senior NRCD staff
member.






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Lead Role
Sector NRCD* Consultant


Forest ry X
Fisheries X
Coastal Areas X
Wildlife X
Water and Hydrology X
Mining X
National Parks X
Agriculture X
Recreation and Tourism X
Natural Hazards X
Industry X
Training X
PVO's X
Population X
Urban Infrastructure X


* In all cases NRCD staff will provide a support role.


Preliminary Work Plan for Phase 11


The first major task of Phase II will be the preparation of a detailed work plan and
schedule. A preliminary phase two work plan is presented below as an initial start in
this direction.


.Major Activity and Work Task Approx. Start


1.0 Work Programming and Scheduling March 1
1.1 Technical Studies
1.2 Policy Documents
1.3 Public Participation






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2.0 Formalization of Administrative, Budgetary
and Subcontracting Procedures
2.1 Contracting
2.2 Disbursements, etc.


3.0 Formation of Citizens Advisory Group


4.0 Preparation of Sector Profiles
4.1 Data inventory
4.2 Analysis of findings
: Testing of sectoral interrelationships
4.4 Preparation of final profile reports


5.0 Program and Project Development
5.1 Costs and benefits
5.2 Other constraints


6.0 Implementation Procedures
6.1 GOJ agencies
6.2 Private sector
6.3 International donor agencies


7.0 Design of Environmental Policy Statement


8.0 Draft Final Report


9.0 Review and Comment


10.0 Report Modification


11.0 Submission of of Final (Camera-ready) Report


September 1


January 1


February 1


February 28


March 1


May I


March 15


June 1


July 1


August 1




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PHASE REPORT AND PRELIMINARY PHASE II WORKPLAN FOR JAMAICA COUNTRY PROFILE Ralph M. Field Assoc. Inc. January, 1985 .p } .. '7 g I yq<-f?/ EPM 35

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This document was produced for the 8nvironmental Planning and Management Project of International Institute for Environment and Development under the Purchase Order Contract No. PO-IB The Env:ronmental Planning and t-tanagement Project is a cooperative agreement between the International Institute fOl: Environment and Development and tile U.S. Agency for Develovment to respond to requests for assistance from developing countries in a variety of environmental and natural resource management problems. Single copies of this document are available free from: International Institute for Environment and Development 1717 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 462-0900

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/ / / INTRODUCTION This report briefly summarizes the results obtained in the initial phase of worK in preparing a Country Environmental Profile for Jamaica. Under a subcontract with the International Institute for Environment and Development (lIED), Ralph .\1. Field Associates, Inc. (R.vlF A) provided guidance and technical support to the staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Department (NRCD), which conducted the sectoral and Sl'D sectoral reviews. The objectives of this first phase were to: o Prepare an initial inventory of relevant NRCD file materials, reports, and pUblications pertinent to the various sectors under review; o Compile a preliminary statement of issues relevant to each of the sectors; o Identify sectors for which consultants would be needed to supplement NRCD capab ili ties. A related purpose of this first phase was to directly involve NRCD staff in work as a meaffi of orienting them to the goals and objective5 of the Country Environmen tal Profile. Assessmen t of NRC DIS Bibliographic and File .'.1aterials The follo'Nirg section briefly assesses the information resources available withi" ReO for ellch of the 'sectors: Sector Forestry Assessment Significant file matedal is reported to exist in the !1CD library; however, the bibliography cited in the staff report appears small and somewhat dated. Richest sou,ces are likely to be in other departments of the :Vlinistry or" Agricul ture such as Forestry and Soil tion.

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Fisheries Coastal Areas Wildlife Water and Hydrology .'t1ining National Parks Agriculture 2 -An extensive bibliography is cited, with pUblications available within N ReO. The Fisheries Division and the two :'I'larine Labs would be other principal repositories. The NRCD are files relatively strong with respect to informaticn on fish kills and pollution; ,eiatively weak on catch statistics and other hard data. The bibliographic and file materials cited tend to be problem or area speci fic; island-wide surveys exist although there seems to be a relatively good information base available from a diversi ty of au tside sources. Although not included with the staff report, an extensive bibliography has been prepared of materials on file N RCD. N ReO probably is the best source of information on wildlife in Jamaica. File materials seem adequate, at least for the preparation of an initial paper focusing on problem situations; the bibliographic materials cited appear to be dat.ed (mainly 1970's). NRCO has considerable background material on bauxite a.rld peat mining, particularly related to impacts of peat mining in the Black Rive and Negri! A few general studies by consult an ts have been prepared; the files also contain proposals prepared by N RCD staff for establishing national parks in specific locations. NRCD docment resources seem adequate, at least for preparing a "base laying" paper; but systematic information on agriculture, irrigation, etc. must be sought outside the Department.

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Recreation &: Tourism Hazards Industry Training PVO's Population U roan Infrastructure -3 -N RCD's information tends to focus on particular resource types (e.g., beaches) and problem si tuations (e.g. pollution). No overvi ew rna terial on recreaticn and tourism is available. No material on natural hazards is available in NRCD files. N RCD's information base focuses on specific pollution and problem si tuations; no overview of industry structure or trends. Relatively little hard information exists eX1.:!ept for a record of staff training within N RCD. Files consist largely of correspondence, and records of N RCD's liaison activities wi th PVO's. N RCD's bibliographic material appears adequate for preparing an initial si tuation paper. No systematic studies on urbtln infrastructure needs or conditions are available within N RCD. Statement of Issues and Need for Consul ting Assistance N ReD staff also prepared issue statements for each of the sectors listed in the preceding As to be expected, the quality of the statements vary consider:lbly. Those sectors that are within NRCD's traditional purview, such as "wildlife", turned out too be very good and, with little additional work, could provide Ii basis for the nature of on-going work. Other issue statements (natural hazards, for example) contained little of value. These papers are now available within NRCD, and 'he individual sectortll findings need not be repeated here. What is indicated below are the sectors for which outside consultants will be needed. This determination was made in consultation with Beverly Principal Director of N RCD, and Paul Carroll, a senior N H.CD staff member.

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Sector Coastal Areas Wildlife Water and Hydrology Parks Agriculture Recreation and Tourism Hazards lndu:;t ry Training pva's Popule tion Urban Infrastructure 4 -Lead Role NRCO* X X X In all cases NRCO staff will provide a support role. Prelimina.ry 'Nork Plan for Phase II Consultant X X X X X X X X X X X X The fi rst major task of Phase II will be the preparation of a detailed work plan d.nd schedule. A preliminary phase two work plan is presented below as an initial st!:lrt in this di rection "lajor :\ctivi ty and Work Task Approx. St!:lrt 1.0 Work Progrd.mming and Scheduling 1 1.1 Technical Studies 1.2 Policy Documents 1.3 Public Participation

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-5 2.0 Formalization of Administrative, Budgetary and Subcon trac ting Procedures 2.1 Contracting 2.2 Disbursements, etc. 3.0 Formation of Citizens Advisory Group 4.0 Preparation of Sector Profiles 4.1 Data inventory 4.2 Analysis of findings Testing of sec tora! in terrela tionships 4.4 Preparation of final profile reports 5.0 Program and PI'oject Development 5.1 Costs and benefits 5.2 Other constrain ts 6.0 Implementation Procedures 6.1 GOJ agencies 6.2 Private sector 6.3 In ternational donor agencies 7.0 Design of Environmental Policy Statement 8.0 Draft Final Report 9.0 Review and Com ment 10.0 Report Modification 11.0 Submission of of Final (Camera-ready) Report March 1 :'flay t March 15 .June 1 July 1 Augus t 1 September 1 .January 1 February 1 February 28