September 24, 2021

Jamaica Walking a Tightrope Between Boosting the Economy and Cutting Emissions in COVID-19 Era

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Food and Agriculture

Cattle farming in Jamica. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS

KINGSTON, Aug 30 2021 (IPS) – Even as COVID-19 walloped Jamaica’s economy last year, the government overhauled its energy emissions milestones to create what many described as a post-pandemic recovery package, based on stronger carbon targets for the farming and forestry sectors.

According to the plan, the country would reduce emissions from both sectors by almost a third over the next decade, by optimising water and energy use and diversifying food production.

Released at a time when most countries around the globe struggled to manage their economies during the pandemic using measures that were expected to set back their sustainability goals, experts hailed the plan as a game changer…

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