The design and planning phase is almost complete on the following projects:
The Jamaican Biodiversity component will seek to develop a range of interventions including information gathering, conservation, training and the establishment of a virtual herbarium all geared at the conservation of the country’s biological diversity with a focus on endemic species.
It is anticipated that a grant contribution from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica over a period of three years, with allocation for each of the three components, will establish a sufficiently strong base to serve a number of purposes, viz:
- o begin to affect some positive, quantifiable changes in response to the National Forest Management and Development Plan.
- To demonstrate to the general public a tangible improved difference in the state of the environment through the visual impact of re-forested areas, established and available databases etc.
- To act as leverage for attracting additional financial and technical support locally as well as overseas.
Main project components include:
- Forest Conservation
- Reforestation: The project will target 3 500 hectares or 5% of the 69 000 hectares in Jamaica to be reforested during the project requiring the production and planting of 2.5 million seedlings.
- Expansion of the Forestry Database
- National Forest Management and Conservation Fund Support: The EFJ will provide project personnel who will execute activities, develop proposals for and seek to finance the Forest Fund.