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.
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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.
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.
The Forestry Department wiped out its competitors to win the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Spirit of Independence Competition for the Best Decorated Office in the public sector.
The Agency's offices were decked out in the national colours of black, gold and green, with accents of bandana to reflect the 2016 festival fashion theme, “Wear it Gold, Stripe it Bold”.