History and Development
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. The Agency became operational on April 1, 2001 as a Executive Agency under the Executive Agencies Act. It was founded to carry out the technical (functional) and administrative mandate of three statutory bodies, the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA), the Town and Country Planning Authority (TCPA) and the Land Development and Utilisation Commission (LDUC).
NEPA is the lead government agency with the mandate for environmental protection, natural resource management, land use and spatial planning in Jamaica. The Agency’s operations are financed by recurrent budget allocations from the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) Consolidated Fund through the Ministry of Finance; and Appropriation-in-Aid through (50% of) Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) fees derived from permits and licences. Projects are financed by budget allocations from the GoJ Consolidated Fund Capital “A” and “B” and from technical assistance grants and project financing from NRCA funds, and various international donor organisations.
Meet our Past Chief Executive Officers
2001-2004: Mr. Franklin McDonald, Chief Executive Officer
2004-2005: Mrs. Patricia Sinclair McCalla, Chief Executive Officer
2005-2006: Mr. Hopeton Heron, Acting CEO
Jan-Mar. 2006: Ms. Joy Alexander, Acting CEO
2006-2009: Dr. Leary Myers, Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable management of Jamaica's natural environment whilst ensuring urban and rural development.
Healthy, safe, resilient, and sustainable natural and built environment for current and future generations.
To manage and protect the natural and built environments in support of Jamaica’s sustainable development
Customer Focus: We are proactive in our effort to determine and meet customer expectations so as to achieve customer satisfaction.
Leadership: We use opportunities, innovation, responsiveness, proactivity and risk-tolerance to empower us to embrace and leverage change towards continuous improvement.
Accountability: We are accountable to our stakeholders, accept responsibility for our decisions and actions and submit to the scrutiny that attends our decisions and actions.
Integrity: We adhere to high ethical standards and moral principles and apply equity and the rule of law across all stakeholders.
Motivation: We inspire and empower our staff to perform at their greatest potential and provide training to maximise productivity and innovation within a safe and healthy work environment.
Impact: We seek to be evidence based and results driven in our decision making and to make a positive and visible difference in fulfilling our mandate.
Teamwork: We foster and encourage collaboration, cooperation, communication, respect and trust to achieve more together.
Our core functions are:
Policy and Programme Development
Development of proposals for national environment and planning policies, legislation, regulations, standards and programmes.
Conservation and Protection
Management of species, habitats, and ecosystems; protected, watershed, coastal and marine areas management; wild fauna and flora protection, rescue and relocation.
Pollution prevention and control; pollution monitoring and assessment; Pollution incident investigation and reporting.
Development of a strategic framework for orderly and progressive development of the rural and urban areas of the archipelago and the territorial waters, the preparation of development orders and Spatial and development plans.
Receive and process applications to provide recommendations for decisions on licences and permits for Planning, Subdivisions, Beaches, Environment, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Hazardous waste export, import, or transportation; Hunter’s licence; exemptions under the Wild Life Protection Act; provision of pre-application assistance.
Public Education and Outreach
Corporate communications; documentation management; information/library services; Access to Information (ATI) management; public awareness and outreach initiatives; facilitating public consultations; developing and maintaining partnerships with stakeholders - community groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies in support of environmental and planning requirements and education.
Compliance and Enforcement
Monitoring for compliance with planning and environmental requirements; responding to complaints; investigating incidents of non-compliance; undertaking enforcement actions and legal proceedings.
The National Environment and Planning Agency is committed to providing excellent service to customers and stakeholders in order to promote sustainable development, protection of the environment and orderly development. This is accomplished through professional staff who perform at a high standard, and a management system that meets relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, and international standards and which is continuously improved.
To achieve this NEPA will:
- Align activities with international agreements and national objectives.
- Meet relevant statutory and regulatory requirements and international standards
- Engage with customers and interested parties to understand their challenges and requirements so as to improve products and services and enhance customer satisfaction.
- Maintain competent staff who are motivated to perform at a high standard.
- Determine and address risks and opportunities that can impact or improve the conformity of products and services and the ability to enhance customer satisfaction.
- Establish, maintain and continuously improve its management system for delivery of products and services.