Restoring Habitats

Changing Perspectives

Expanding Horizons

Mobilizing the community…

The city of Montego Bay is home to approximately 125,000 residents and hosts just as many tourists on an annual basis.  Studies indicate that healthy coral reefs generate over US$427,000,000 per annum for the Jamaican economy.  Yet people are concerned about the state of the environment and its continued deterioration.  The Trust empowers people and communities to have a meaningful impact through international commemorations such as International Coastal Cleanup, Earth Day and World Wetlands Day.

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is held each February to commemorate the importance of wetlands around the globe.  While much of Montego Bay’s shoreline boasts critical mangrove habitat (including Bogue Lagoon Fish Sanctuary), ongoing efforts are required to help replant mangroves impacted by encroachment, deforestation and debris.

Earth Day

Earth Day is one of the oldest and most widely celebrated conservation events in the world.  Established to raise awareness to the fragility of earth ecosystems, Earth Day sees many visitors participating in Trust organized cleanups and environmental fetes.

International Coastal Cleanup

Recognized as the single largest global cleanup event in history, the International Coastal Cleanup unites the globe in an effort to remove and count the amount of waste entering our oceans.

…maximizing our impact…

Volunteers Mobilized

Bags of Garbage Collected

Pounds of Trash Weighed

Plastic Bottles Recycled

...and keeping the nation engaged.

In Hot Water

…Why we need storms Ask most Jamaicans how they feel about the absence of even a near miss by a hurricane in the last few years, and they’ll tell you they feel pretty lucky. Ask that same question to somebody with a coral reef to look after, and you might get a...

Wood and Water

…Plant a tree and breathe easier Last Friday, October 6, was National Tree Planting Day in Jamaica and Saturday, October 7 was National Wood and Water Day. These special days celebrate Jamaica’s natural heritage as a forested country, a fortunate nation with bountiful...

Cockpit Country

…In praise of yellow snakes Last week’s discussion led a reader to suggest that the Jamaican boa has almost as big a stake in efforts to preserve Cockpit Country as the Jamaican iguana had in the preservation of Portland Bight. The Jamaican boa is listed as...

Another Good Fight

Saving Cockpit Country There’s a new crusade in town. Cockpit Country, one of Jamaica’s last Great Wild Places, is threatened on all sides and Jamaica Environment Trust is trying to organize some protection for it. JET got some practice a couple of years ago, when the...

Still Taking Out the Trash

…Where does it all come from? International Coastal Cleanup Day (September 16) in Jamaica was a solid demonstration of community spirit. On 150 sites island-wide, volunteers picked up trash, counted it, bagged it, weighed it and recorded it. The record forms part of a...

Taking Out the Trash

... the never-ending story Next Saturday, September 16, is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers around the world will turn out, trash bags and clipboards in hand, to clear garbage and litter from their shores. So far, 149 sites around Jamaica have been...

Storm Surge

...The really dangerous part of the storm Early last Friday, there were two remarkable recoveries. West Indies played a couple of hours of fairly good cricket, and the remains of Tropical Storm Harvey got re-organized over the Gulf of Mexico. A few hours later, West...

An Ounce of Prevention

…Preparing for floods As we went to press, Tropical Storm Harvey had sailed through the southern Caribbean and two other disturbances that never got to named storm status had gone by to the north and east. Their only effects on Jamaica were some rough seas and a bit...

Coral Gardens Revisited

...No quick fix In the last couple of months, an article in the U.S. scientific journal Coral Reefs has caused a mild ripple of excitement in the tropical Atlantic, producing headlines like “Caribbean reefs being restored with coral gardening”. The article reported on...

People, Get Ready part III (More Storms on the Way)

TOP TEN 2017 CARIBBEAN STORM TARGETS Percentage chance that a storm will track within 50 miles Named Storm Hurricane Major Hurricane Mexico 86% 53% 20% The Bahamas 81% 54% 30% Cuba 79% 53% 28% Honduras 64% 21% 10% Dominican Republic 52% 33% 11% Haiti 46% 27% 12%...