Jamaica Rural Economy & Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) Reforestation Initiative

The project is sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by ACDI/VOCA and the Forestry Department
PROJECT START/END DATE: November 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 


The Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve has been identified as a critical emphasis area for forest management and conservation by the Forestry Department. The reserve is one of the largest forest reserves covering 6675 hectares and is in the Rio Bueno Watershed Management Unit. The reserve is classified as a disturbed broadleaf forest resulting mainly from encroachment for agricultural uses. A total of 462 hectares of land within the reserve is defined as denuded lands and as such necessitates that a reforestation programme be developed to protect the area.

The planting and establishment of 200 hectares of forested lands within the Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve 
To generate income for local communities through livelihood and agro-forestry programmes. Activities included: 
•    6 Demonstration plots developed 
•    4 Community workshops 
•    200 Farmers trained in agro-forestry 


Read more about the project launch here