The Foundation took part in a number of events during the month of November 2009. These included:
Forestry Department’s 7th Annual Exposition held on Thursday, November 26, 2009. EFJ showcased projects funded in key watersheds and other sensitives areas around the island. These projects included the i) Yallahs Area Development Committee reforestation project in the Yallahs River Watershed, ii) the Northern Caribbean University agro-forestry project in the Swift River Watershed, iii) Reforestation projects in the Rio Cobre Watershed iv) the Mocho Community Development Committee agro-forestry and farmer training project on reclaimed bauxite land in Mocho, Clarendon as well as v) ongoing support to Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust in reforestation and elimination of invasive species in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The booth received visitors from a number of schools, community-based organizations, government agencies and other interested members of the public. In total the Expo received approximately 500 student and 300 adult visitors.
The Shortwood Teacher’s College Annual Health Fair held on November 26, 2009, was used as an opportunity for EFJ to spread awareness on the work of the Foundation in the areas of environmental conservation and management and child survival and development.
EFJ was also represented at the Annual General Meeting of Council of Voluntary Social Services one of our long-standing partners in the provision of capacity building support.
Board Chairman Dr. Dale Webber and Programme Manager, Karen McDonald Gayle, represented the Foundation at the 11th General Assembly of the RedLac (Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds) held November 9th-12th in Colombia. This year’s Assembly focused on diversifying funding sources as well as sharing best practices after 10 years of the existence of RedLac.