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A section of the Cockpit Forest Reserve

The Forestry Department will be hosting a series of public consultations across the island to get feedback from stakeholders on the draft National Forest Management and Conservation Plan (NFMCP).

The NFMCP is the 10-year plan for the forestry sector which outlines key activities that will be undertaken by the Agency to help build a vibrant, sustainable and climate resilient forest sector.

Mangroves in Portland

The Forestry Department is reporting a 95.5 percent decline in swamp forest and is calling on Jamaicans to start valuing and protecting the island’s wetland resources which serve to reduce the risk of flood damage to houses, businesses and roads.  

Jamaica has dedicated the Dolphin Head forest reserve to be a part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project. The dedication is one of 20 committed by countries across the Commonwealth to the initiative.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), planting a  a Blue Mahoe seedling, Jamaica's national tree, at the Seaward Primary and Junior High School in observance of National Tree Planting Day 2016 . He's assisted by sudents of the institution. Looking on is CEO & Conservator of Forests, Miss Marilyn Headley.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Honourable Dr. Horace Chang, is calling for Jamaicans to get involved in planting and protecting trees and by extension forests, noting that trees and forest cover are very important to the sustainability of economic activity generated from tourism, agriculture and other sectors.

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