The Inter-American Development Bank Family Association has committed itself to the establishment of 1.5 hectares of forest in the Wag Water Watershed Management Unit in West Rural St. Andrew through the Forestry Department’s Adopt-A Hillside programme.
Over fifty members of the Association, which consists of retired and active employees of the IDB planted the 700 trees across the site to kick off reforestation activities earlier in May 2014.
The company planted Blue Mahoe, Bitter Damsel and South African Yacca on the hillside in Mount Prospect, St. Andrew. The participants competed in groups to make the activity more educational and fulfilling for its participants.
Mrs. Therese Turner Jones, Country Manager of the IDB noted that the organization’s decision to adopt the hillside was not just about tree planting but also about wider environmental protection and care. She also commended the Forestry Department for the work it has been doing. “The Forestry Department deserves commendations for what they achieve as their work can be virtually counter cultural since many people do not think enough about the forests and preserving it,” she said.
The IDB is the seventh organization to participate in the Agency’s Adopt-A-Hillside programme joining groups such as LIME, Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Carreras, Lions Club and RBC Jamaica.
The Adopt-a-Hillside programme is an avenue through which corporate entities and non-governmental organisations can contribute and become actively involved in reforestation by committing funds to plant and maintain an area, thereby leading to the increase in forest cover in denuded areas.
Among the benefits participants stand to gain are greater environmental awareness and stronger partnerships between the public and private sector in environmental protection. In addition, the participants will be contributing to Jamaica’s national development and the achievement of Vision 2030 goal for the sustainable management, and use of environmental and natural resources.