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Over 300 hundred farmers and residents living in and around the Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve received training in the proper use and application of pesticides, as part of capacity building workshops held recently by the Forestry Department.

The workshops were held as part of the sustainable livelihoods component of the Jamaica Rural Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) reforestation initiative being implemented in the Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve and sought to sensitize residents in four communities during May.

The team pause for a photograph after the tree planting exercise

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. 

A forest management plan to ensure the conservation and protection of the Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve, in St. Ann and Clarendon, is to be completed in March. This was announced by Marilyn Headley, CEO & Conservator of Forests who was speaking on behalf of Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change who was unavoidably absent. She was speaking at the launch of the Stephney, Hessen Castle and Grants Mountain Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs) at the Hessen Castle True Church of God Apostolic.

A reforestation initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Stephney-John’s Vale forest reserve is to be undertaken in the next few months. 

The project titled Jamaica Rural Economy & Eco Systems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) Reforestation initiative which is being implemented by ACDI/VOCA was launched at a ceremony at the Hessen Castle True Church of God Apostolic on Wednesday, March 26.