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Jamaica - Progress Being Made In Mangrove Restoration

Progress is being made in wetland forest (mangrove) restoration locally, says University of the West Indies (UWI) Marine Biologist, Dr. Camilo Trench.

Citing a 2013 report published by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), which stated that Jamaica had lost more than 2,000 hectares of mangroves between 1989 and 2010, Dr. Trench said that collaborative efforts have led to progress in the rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of mangroves.

“We have made some progress in terms of mangrove rehabilitation in Jamaica. We now have a seedling bank, we have different mangrove nurseries at the Port Royal Lab and the Discovery Bay Marine Lab, we have done lots of research into mangrove restoration, and we are helping different government agencies and NGOs to restore mangroves in their areas or conserve mangroves in their areas,” Dr. Trench said, at a recent Wetlands Awareness Virtual Engagement (WAVE), hosted by the Natural History Museum of Jamaica.

“Right now, we are working alongside NEPA and a private landowner to get 50 acres of mangrove in Trelawny conserved, and a small portion of it will be restored,” he added.

Dr. Trench, who is also a Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at the UWI, is based at the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory and has more than 17 years’ experience in the field of marine ecology.

In collaboration with NEPA and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), the UWI Marine Laboratories (Port Royal and Discovery Bay) have carried out mangrove restoration work in Portland Cottage, Clarendon.

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