Jamaicans for Clean Air and Water (JCAW)
Many Jamaican communities are affected by poor air and water quality from a variety of sources including mining, quarrying, other industrial activities and discharges, and open burning. Currently, air and water quality data is not proactively disclosed to the public by government agencies and the health standards used by regulators to assess the quality of air and water are in need of review. Communities are therefore not able to easily assess the public health risks and environmental impacts of poor air and water quality.
Through funding from the Commonwealth Foundation, Jamaicans for Clean Air and Water (JCAW) will animate communities to engage with the Jamaican government and private sector companies to improve disclosure of air and water quality data. The project also aims to review the current policy and regulatory framework in order to advocate for improved air and water quality standards. A community led network will be established to advocate for these improvements. Greater public awareness of air and water quality issues and impacts will be built through an engaging and relevant public education campaign.