Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Implementation of the Multi-annual Adaptation Strategy of the Sugar Industry 2006-2015 of Jamaica
As part of the sugar reform, the EU has agreed to help affected countries adapt to the new situation, by supporting sugar adaptation strategies prepared by the governments concerned. In the case of Jamaica the adaptation strategy is reflected in the Jamaica Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry 2006-2015 (JCS), prepared by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). The JCS will be supported by the European Commission (EC) through its Multi-annual Adaptation Strategy (MAS) through the General Budget Support (GBS) and the sector support aid delivery approaches.
As the implementation of the JCS may have impacts on the environment, the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) and the EC have decided to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) with the specific objective to “confirm and complete the findings and recommendations of the JCS pertaining to environmental issues”; in addition it is expected for the SEA to “provide decision-makers in the Government, the EC and other donors with relevant information to be integrated into the implementation processes associated with the JCS”. This SEA was commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) and the EC Delegation in Jamaica. The STU is responsible for JCS implementation.