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Agency Profile

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   



Our Vision

Jamaica's natural resources are being used in a sustainable way and that there is broad understanding of environment, planning and development issues, with extensive participation amongst citizens and a high level of compliance to relevant legislation.

Our Mission

To promote sustainable development by ensuring protection of the environment and orderly development in Jamaica through highly motivated staff performing at the highest standard.

Integrity: We earn our reputation by adhering to the highest ethical standards, conduct and moral principles and at all times act in ways to preserve our integrity.

Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to the public, accept responsibility for the decisions and actions that we take and will submit ourselves to the scrutiny that attends our decisions and actions.

Justice & Fair-play: In valuing the diversity in human nature and circumstances, we apply the principles of justice and fair-play in all our dealings within and outside the Agency to ensure that equity always prevails.

Customer Service: We acknowledge our role as a provider of services and will always strive to satisfy and exceed our customers' expectations.

Teamwork: We foster collaboration and teamwork among staff while maintaining individual accountability.

Health & Safety: We strive to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Empowerment: We aim to create a learning organization where all our employees are empowered to achieve excellence, and high levels of performance are recognized and rewarded.

Respect: We treat our team members, clients and partners with mutual respect and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of diversity.


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.

Environmental Management

Pollution prevention and control; pollution monitoring and assessment; Pollution incident investigation and reporting.

Spatial Planning

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.

Application Management

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.

Quality Policy

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.