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Final Submission to the Infrastructure and Physical Development Committee (May 2014)

The Government of Jamaica is desirous of implementing legislation for the mandatory evacuation of citizens in those areas threatened by natural disasters, the forced removal of those who refuse to relocate, and the creation of “no build” zones to ensure no physical development takes place within these zones.
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) was requested to prepare this submission in an effort to assist the Government with its legislative exercise. We have provided an overview of Jamaica’s current legal framework for disaster management, as well as the limitations and gaps in the current regulatory framework. We have also outlined some general principles on disaster legislation.