News and Events

Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, brings greeting during the Forestry Department’s Forest Forum on International Day of Forests, at Terra Nova Hotel on March 21.

The Forestry Department is set to benefit from a budget support programme of approximately $2.5 billion from the 11th European Development Fund. The money will be used to assist with the implementation of the Forest Policy for Jamaica (2017) and the supporting National Forest Management and Conservation Plan, 2016-2026.

The programme, “Addressing Environmental and Climate Change Challenges through Improved Forest Management for Jamaica”, will be done over a four year period, and is slated to start in April 2018.

The Forestry Department is targeting secondary and tertiary level students to enter its Mural Competition as part of its 80th Anniversary celebrations and public awareness campaign for Closed Broadleaf Forests.

The competition is centered around two themes, “Closed Broadleaf Forests; Precious but threatened” for students in tertiary institutions and the Agency’s 80th anniversary theme, “80 Years of GROWTH; Safeguarding Our Future”, for secondary school students.

CEO & Conservator of Forests, Miss Marilyn Headley, has received special recognition for the transformative role she has played in the Forestry Department’s 80 year history and for being the first female and longest serving Conservator of Forests.

She was recognised and awarded at the Agency’s Biennial Staff Awards and Launch of its 80th Anniversary at the Knutsford Hotel on Friday, October 8, 2017.

(From right) CEO & Conservator of Forests, Marilyn Headley, cutting the anniversary cake along with Managing Director, Environment Solutions Ltd., Eleanor R. Jones; Claire Bernard, Deputy Director General in charge of Sustainable Development and Social Planning, Planning Institute of Jamaica; and Mission Environmental Officer, United States Agency for International Development/Jamaica, Malden Miller.

The Forestry Department has launched a year of activities in commemoration of its eight decades of service to the island of Jamaica. The anniversary celebrations commenced at the Agency’s Biennial Staff Awards held on Friday, December 8 at the Knutsford Hotel, Kingston.