What is being done to rehabilitate Kingston Harbour?
Government has acquired the Soapberry lands on Hunts Bay and a
consortium of the Urban Development Corporation, the National Housing
Trust, the National Water Commission and Ashtrom Construction is
going to begin building ponds to receive and treat the sewage in
In 1996 – 1998, UNDP, GEF and GOJ sponsored preparation of “AN INTEGRATED INVESTMENT PLAN FOR REHABILITATION OF KINGSTON HARBOUR.”
A number of action plans were as a result. In 1999 Parliament approved a US$212M Investment Plan
for Rehabilitation of Kingston Harbour.
In August 2003, IDB/GOJ Project ATN/SF-8164-JA “INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING FOR ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL MANGEMENT OF KINGSTON HARBOUR” came on stream.
The project duration is 24 months, and
the cost is US$620,000.
The project basically aims to implement some of the key recommendations of the 1996-98 plan.
Implementation of the project commenced in 2003.
It has four main components:
Institutional strengthening and preparation of a zoning and physical
development master plan for Kingston Harbour.
Improving the environmental performance of industries discharging
into Kingston Harbour.
Provision of “Bid Ready” tender documents for the construction of a ship generated waste reception facility.
Public outreach, education and training.