Section 13(3,1) of Jamaica’s Constitution recognizes the right to a healthy and productive environment, In fact, the section reads: “The Constitution recognizes the right to enjoy a healthy and productive environment free from the threat of injury or damage from environmental abuse and degradation of the ecological heritage.”
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is an Executive Agency that came into force on April 1, 2001. It represents a merger between the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA), the Town Planning Department (TPD) and the Land Development and Utilization Commission (LDUC). The aim of the merger is to integrate environmental, planning and sustainable development policies and programmes and to improve customer service. Finally, NEPA aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring protection of the environment and orderly development in Jamaica through highly motivated staff performing at the highest standard.