Legislation

JAMAICAN LEGISLATION RELATED TO BIODIVERSITY, ITS CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT

 

STATUTE COMMENT ADMINISTERING BODY
Endangered Species Protection, Conservationand Regulation of Trade Act, 2000 National Environment and Planning Agency
The Wildlife Protection Act 1945 Ammendment order of August 1998 National Environment and Planning Agency
The Watershed Protection Act 1963 National Environment and Planning Agency
The Beach Control Act 1956 National Environment and Planning Agency
The Forest Act 1996 Revised from 1937 Forestry Department
The Fishing Industry Act 1975 New Fishing Act is forthcoming Fisheries Division
Water Resources Act 1995 Water Resources Authority(replaced the Underground Water Authority)
Town & Country Planning Act 1958 Town Planning Department
Litter Act 1986 Parish Councils/ Ministry of Local Government
Public Health Act 1988 Environmental Control Division
Urban Development Corporation Act 1968 Urban Development Corporation
Plant Quarantine Act (1993) Ammended in 1997 to cover the importation of geneticallymodified organisms for experimental use only. Plant Quarantine Division, Ministry of Agriculture
Animal Disease & Importation Act  (1943) Ammended in 1961 Veterinary Division, Ministry of Agriculture
Jamaica National Heritage Trust Act (1985) Jamaica National Heritage Trust Act

 

International Environmental Conventions & Treaties

(Source: Towards a National Strategy and Action Plan on Biological Diversity in Jamaica – July 2003)

 

CONVENTION / TREATY JAMAICA’S STATUS
Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Acceptance: 14 June, 1983
Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region, Cartegena, 1983 Ratification: 1 May, 1987 
Convention of Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitats (Ramsar Convention) Entry into Force: 7 February 1998.
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Entry into Force: 5 April, 1995
Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources of the High Seas Entry into Force: 20 March, 1966. 
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora & Fauna (CITES) Entry into Force: 22 June, 1997.
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Bonn 1979 Signatory
Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (as amended) Ratification: 22 March, 1991
Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction Accession: 13 August, 1975
International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships Ratification: 13 June, 1991
International Plant Protection Convention Accession: 24 November 1969.
Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife to the Cartagena Convention Signatory: 18 January, 1990.
Treaty banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Underwater Ratification: 22 November, 1991
Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea Bed and the Ocean Floor and the Subsoil thereof Ratification: 30 July, 1986
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Entry into Force: 16 March, 1998
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Ratification:21 March, 1983
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Accession: 5 April, 1995

 

 

CONVENTION / TREATY

JAMAICA’S STATUS

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Convention of Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitats (Ramsar Convention)

International Plant Protection Convention

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources of the High Seas

Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention)

Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife to the Cartagena Convention

Signatory: 18 January, 1990.

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (as amended)

International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction

Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea Bed and the Ocean Floor and the Subsoil thereof

Treaty banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Underwater

Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild AnimalsBonn 1979

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