Case Studies


 

Client: Karisma Jamaica Development Corporation
Name of Project: Strategic Environmental Assessment – Proposed Sugar Cane Resort Development
Location: Llandovery, St. Ann, Jamaica
Year: 2016 - 2017
Practice Area: Environmental Planning and Management Systems

Project Description -
Environmental Solutions Ltd. (ESL) was contracted by the Karisma Hotel Group to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the ‘Sugar Cane Resort’ development at Llandovery, St Ann. The project involved the analysis of existing environmental attributes to provide the baseline against which the project intervention was measured. It also included the evaluation of significant environmental risks and opportunities associated with the project and identified requirements for more detailed technical studies, including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for particular phases of the overall development.


 

Black-River

Client: National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)
Name of Project: Black River Carrying Capacity
Location: Black River, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Year: 2015 - 2016
Practice Area: Environmental Planning and Management Systems

Project Description -
The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) provided funding to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to conduct a carrying capacity study of the Black River (BR) and its tributaries, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, an area of ecological importance. Environmental Solutions Limited (ESL) was contracted in 2015 to undertake this recreational and ecological carrying capacity study to:

  1. Ascertain the current levels of recreational and associated activities in the study area;
  2. Identify existing and potential impacts of recreational and associated activities and limits of acceptable change for the study area; and
  3. Provide recommendations for:
    • Optimal carrying capacity for recreational and associated activities and limits of acceptable change for the study area; and
    • Guidelines, strategies and actions for the effective management of recreational and associated activities in the study area.

This assessment is important because the BR area is a major ecotourism asset, which is highly used and biologically rich. The study was carried out to define a balance between maintaining the ecological function and human use.

Consultancy Outcome:
On completion of the consultancy, it is expected that the information garnered from the carrying capacity studies will:

  1. Guide NEPA in its review of applications received regarding ecotourism projects and tours along the Black River and its tributaries;
  2. Guide the River Rafting Authority in its determination of licenses and permits for river rafting and boating activities on the Black River and its tributaries; and
  3. Inform the preparation of zoning and management plans for the proposed protected area.

 

Jamaica-Biodiversity

Client: National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)
Name of Project: National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP)
Location: Jamaica
Year: 2016 (In Progress)
Practice Area: Environmental Planning and Management Systems

Project Description -
Environmental Solutions Limited (ESL) was contracted in April 2016 by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to undertake the revisions to the 2003 National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
The objectives of the project are to:

  1. To provide technical lead to the setting of national biodiversity conservation targets in accordance with the global Aichi targets,
  2. To develop the NBSAP implementation plan for Jamaica in an integrative manner,
  3. proactively coordinate cross sectoral consultations to ensure that the NBSAP and biodiversity conservation measures are mainstreamed and anchored into the national development framework/plans and local development strategies, and
  4. To prepare Jamaica’s updated 2016-2021 NBSAP.

Consultancy Outcome:
In order to achieve the above objectives, three ‘outcomes’ are expected from the project:

Outcome 1 – A participative stocktaking exercise on biodiversity planning and national biodiversity targets to be developed in response to the global Aichi Targets including lessons learnt from the previous NBSAPs prepared for Jamaica and other countries.

Outcome 2 – The NBSAP to be revised/updated and fully integrate new aspects of the CBD strategic plan, such as mainstreaming and anchoring the implementation of the plan into national development frameworks, valuing ecosystem services and promoting ecosystem-based adaptation and resilience to climate change and traditional knowledge.

Outcome 3 – National frameworks for resource mobilization, Convention reporting and exchange mechanisms established and strengthened.


 

Kingston-Container-Terminal

Client: CMA CGM/ Terminal Link
Name of Project: Environmental Planning and Management Systems For The Development Of Infrastructure Capacity At Kingston Container Terminal: Harbour Channel Upgrade, Gordon Quay Reinforcement & Terminal Equipment/Operation Upgrade
Location: Jamaica
Year: 2015
Practice Area: Environmental Planning and Management Systems (EPMS)

Project Description -
ESL was contracted by CMA CGM/ Terminal Link in March 2015 to conduct an EPMS for the upgrade of the port and the dredging of the Kingston Harbour Ship Channel. In order to accommodate larger container vessels, CMA CGM through its affiliated company Terminal Link proposes to increase the capacity of the port by increasing the capacity of the quays (at the berths) by allowing larger vessels, and to increase the capacity of the stacking yard through new equipment as well as operational changes in two phases.

The project had three main components, the Environmental Audit of the Kingston Container Terminal and the EPMS of the dredging of the Kingston Harbour Shipping Channel and Turning Basin and the Dredge Disposal Study. ESL also assisted in the preparation of all the necessary environmental permits needed by the new concessionaires for financial closure and takeover of the port.


 

Kingston-Container-Terminal

Client: Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited
Name of Project: Environmental Management Plans For The Development Of Infrastructure Capacity At Kingston Container Terminal: Harbour Channel Upgrade, Gordon Quay Reinforcement & Terminal Equipment/Operation Upgrade
Location: Jamaica
Year: 2015 - 2016
Practice Area: Environmental Planning and Sustainable Management

Project Description -
ESL was contracted by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited in September 2015 to complete eight (8) Environmental Management Plans. These were required by the Environmental and Social Due Diligence Team to satisfy the environmental and social safeguard policies of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank.


 

Content

Client: WRB Enterprises, Inc.
Name of Project: Environmental Consultancy for 20 MW Solar Plant in Content Village, Clarendon
Location: Content Village, Clarendon - Jamaica
Year: 2013 - 2014
Practice Area: Environmental Planning and Sustainable Management

Project Description -
WRB proposes to undertake a 20MW photovoltaic project – the only one of its kind in Jamaica – which will see power generated being sold to the Jamaica Public Service electricity grid. ESL was contracted to provide environmental management services, in respect of the proposed 20 MW solar plant in Content Village, Clarendon.

Specific Tasks:
ESL in their role as WRB’s environmental managers conducted an Environmental Assessment of the project site, which involved the collection and analysis of baseline data, sampling of environmental indicators and presentation of the potential impacts, both positive and negative.

Other activities included preparation and submission of environmental permits to NEPA, planning and facilitation of community stake holder meetings, preparation and submission of post permit plans.


 

ALPART

Client: Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA)
Name of Project: JEA PIP Phase 2/COLEACP Project; Capacity Building of JEA staff in Hygiene and Food Safety
Location: Jamaica
Year: 2013
Practice Area: Food Safety

Project Description -
Environmental Solutions Limited was contracted by the JEA to provide services for the capacity building of JEA Staff through training and development of training materials. The primary objective of the consultancy was to design, conduct and facilitate training programs for a target group of five (5) JEA staff members and one exporter company in the area of Food Safety and Hygiene and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). The expected outcomes included achieving a measurable increase in the level of awareness among the participants of the benefits of Food Safety and Hygiene and of HACCP management systems to the companies and the industry of which they are a part. The training also aimed to strengthen the capacity of JEA staff in order for them to provide assistance to agro exporters and, depending on their existing competency, provided the participants from the exporter company with the skills to successfully plan and implement HACCP management systems in their organization.

Specific Conditions/Roles:

  1. Design, conduct and facilitate training programs relevant to the current and future needs of the target food export industry
  2. Prepare a training evaluation report

 

ALPART

Client: ALPART
Name of Project: Ecological and Waste Characterization Study (Alpart’s North and Airfield Lakes)
Location: Nain, St. Elizabeth - Jamaica
Year: 2012 - Present
Practice Area: Pollution Prevention and Control

Project Description -
Alumina Partners of Jamaica (ALPART), now renamed RUSAL ALPART Jamaica, contracted Environmental Solutions Limited to undertake an ecological and waste characterization study of some former industrial waste lakes to determine the extent of contamination in soil, plants and water.

The study involved an assessment of the spatial variation of specific chemical constituents in soil and vegetation as well as overall ecology at four sites around the Alumina Processing Plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth. The sites are former process waste storage areas – the North Lake and the Airfield Lakes 1, 2 and 3.

The study formed a part of the regulatory requirements with regard to closure of the North and Airfield Lakes.

Specific Tasks:
The project team undertook assessments of the waste containment facilities and their spatial extent. Vegetation assessments along with an ecological inventory was also carried out and involved a description of the habitats, species composition, and a description and evaluation of the most significant communities. Analyses of the soil were also carried out from which a soil profile was developed.


 

Antigua

Client: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
Name of Project: Development of a National Adaptation Strategy to address climate change in the Water Sector for Antigua and Barbuda
Location: Antigua and Barbuda
Year: 2014
Practice Area: Environmental Risk and Climate Change

Project Description -
Environmental Solutions Limited was contracted to develop a National Adaptation Strategy to address Climate Change in the water sector in Antigua and Barbuda. The project was executed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre through the Environment Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Health, Land and Environment (MAHLE) in Antigua and Barbuda as the focal point. The project was successfully completed by the end of 2014.

Specific Tasks:

  1. To determine the impact of climate change and climate variability on Antigua and Barbuda’s water sector in the medium and long term;
  2. To determine the vulnerability of the water sector to climate related hazards and capacities of key stakeholders to support the National Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (NASAP);
  3. To develop a National Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan to address the anticipated adverse effects of climate change on the water sector with integration of agriculture and health issues.

 

Antigua-Town

Client: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
Name of project: Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) in the South West Coast and Watershed Area in Antigua.
Location: Antigua and Barbuda
Year: 2014
Practice Area: Environmental Risk and Climate Change

Project Description -
Environmental Solutions Limited was contracted by the client to conduct a Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) in the South West Coast and Watershed Area in Antigua to determine the impacts of projected climate change on the water sector in the community. The project was executed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) through the Environment Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Health, Land and Environment (MAHLE) in Antigua and Barbuda as the focal point. The project was successfully completed by the end of 2014.

Specific Tasks:

  1. To conduct a Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in the South West Coast and Watershed Area in Antigua and Barbuda to determine the impacts of projected climate change on the water sector in the community.
  2. To provide baseline information and data on the projected impacts of climate change on the available water resources in the community
  3. To make recommendations based on the assessment that will enable the community to cope with the expected impacts.

 

St.-Lucia

Client: Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology
Name of Project: Implementing a Framework for Environmental Monitoring
Location: St. Lucia
Year: 2014
Practice Area: Environmental Planning and Sustainable Management

Project Description -
Environmental Solutions Limited was contracted by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology (MSDEST) to review existing environmental related policies, plans, legislation and ongoing programmes and update the NEP/NEMS to create a results-focused strategy.

Specific Tasks:

  1. Review the existing NEP/ NEMS and revise to include stakeholder comments and be results oriented.
  2. National consultation with relevant stakeholders on the draft updated NEP/NEMS
  3. Review the existing draft EMB and update according to stakeholder comments and recommendations.
  4. Draft Regulations were prepared to complement the draft EMB
  5. National consultation on the final draft EMB and Regulations
  6. Prepare a Business and Transition Plan for the SDED to transition to a Department of Environment.
  7. National consultation with relevant stakeholders on the draft business plan and workplan and draft transition plan.
  8. Feasibility Study on Implementation of a dedicated Fund for environmental management in St. Lucia