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Tuesday, 07 February 2012

Jamaica: moving towards better forest conservation

Rural Jamaican communities will play a greater role protecting the country's forests thanks to a shared management system. This initiative has been launched by St. Andrews communities of Dallas Castle and Constitutional Hill and the Government's Forestry Department.
The Local Forest Management Committees (LFMC), funded through the Global Climate Change Alliance in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, aims to involve communities in co-managing forested areas, while building their resilience to the risks that come with natural hazards. The project is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and is being implemented by the Forestry Department, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Environmental Management Division of the Ministry, and the Meteorological Service.
Notably, EU Representative Pierre-Luc Vanhaeverbeke  has underlined that the EU has been working with UNEP and the government to develop an effective strategy to curtail the effects of climate change on the local environment.

Source: ACP