On July 2nd, Jamaica was the first Caribbean nation to submit an updated NDC. The country has enhanced its ambition through including the land use/forestry sector and toughening its energy targets. Adaptation co-benefits were also included.
Jamaica is one of the most heavily indebted countries in the world, and the government has struggled to stimulate economic growth in order to break out of a pattern of stagnation, which has underpinned persistent poverty and large income inequalities. As a small island state, the country is highly dependent on natural resources and is already experiencing the effects of climate change due to its geographical location and biophysical landscape.
Despite its low responsibility and capacity, Jamaica has made important advances in its updated NDC. When rated against WWF's checklist, we conclude that Jamaica’s NDC has a Short Way to Go to become the NDC We Want.