NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETIES TRUST ( N E S T )

 Contact

95 Dumbarton Avenue
Kingston 19
Kingston
JAMAICA
Tel: (809) 960-3316
Fax: (809) 968-5872
E-mail: nest@InfoChan.com

 Legal Status and Organisational Structure

The National Environmental Societies Trust (NEST) was established in 1989 to act as an umbrella organisation and network for Jamaican environmental non-governmental organisations and community organisations engaged in conservation, sustainable community development and environmental education. NEST is a not-for profit, registered limited liability company, designated as an approved charitable organisation under Jamaican law and is audited annually.

The organisation is governed by a Board of Directors comprising representatives from the member organisations as well as individuals with financial, technical or organisational skills or resources to offer. The Secretariat is comprised of an Executive Director, Programme Director, Technical Assistance Officer, Accounting Officer and an Administrative Assistant.

 Membership Profile

The NEST membership comprises 40 organisations located across the island with interests and activities dealing with environmental matters.

 Mission

Providing developmental assistance for NGOs and civic action groups towards ensuring effective solutions to environmental problems at national and community levels.

 NEST Activities To Date:

Despite less than adequate resources, NEST has undertaken a number of activities in support of ENGOs such as:

identified, received and managed funds from UNDP for community environmental education programmes and development of reforestation demonstration sites implemented by the Jack’s Hill Community Council, and an environmental education programme for the Portland Environment Protection Association (PEPA)(1992-93)
identified, received and managed funds from the World Wildlife fund for audio visual equipment and the printing of educational materials on behalf of the Negril Coral Reef Preservation Society and the Negril Chamber of Commerce(1992-93)
organised and conducted training workshops in project development, proposal writing and institutional development for ENGOs.(1991,1992)
assisted with the training and placement of volunteers from the US Peace Corps and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance.(1993-94)
published a bi-monthly newsletter "CHIRPINGS" for information and networking between members and interested public, donors and government agencies.(ongoing)
organised quarterly meetings of the ENGOs.(ongoing)
organised and conducted workshops on a range of issues including eco-tourism and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.(1992, 1993)
organised the launch and assisted with the promotion and distribution of the new environmental game ENVIROTREK conceived by a member organisation.(1993)
secured computers and printers for two NGOs, received grant funds to supply five NGOs with computers and five NGOs with fax modem boards.(1994)
successfully leveraged funds from tourism entities in support of ENGOs in a major tourism area.(1993,1994)
compiled and published a comprehensive NGO directory of environmental groups, government agencies involved in environmental management and other relevant institutions.

(1994-95)

assisted the Environmental Foundation Of Jamaica to develop and produce printed guidelines for ENGOs applying to the Foundation. This material is in the form of a handbook for developing projects and submitting proposals to suit EFJ’s requirements.(1994)
coordinated the participation of NGOs at the Conference on Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States; the ninth Conference of Parties to the CITES Convention , the First Conference of Parties to the CITES Convention.(1994)
coordinated NGO activities on International Coastal Cleanup Day(ongoing)
coordinated activities surrounding the visit of the Greenpeace ship the "Rainbow Warrior" and galvanized public opinion around the shipment of plutonium waste form France to Japan(Jan 1995)
coordination of proposal writing workshops in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Mandeville in conjunction with NRCA, EFJ and Green Fund.(1995)
organised the participation of 17 NEST members in the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) Green Expo "96(June 1996)
participates in the Jamaica Bureau of Standards review of the ISO14000 series of standards (ongoing)
developed thematic "focus groups" within NEST on the three main types of activities undertaken (Ecosystem Management, Environmental Education, Sustainable Community Development)(1996)
coordinated activities surrounding the visit of the Greenpeace ship the "MV Greenpeace" and galvanized public opinion around the shipment of plutonium waste form France to Japan(Dec 1996)
organised Strategic Planning workshops for selected NGOs(1996)

NEST Members

ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCE TEACHERS OF JAMAICA (ASTJ)

BIRDLIFE JAMAICA

BLUE CROSS HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT FOUNDATION

BLUEFIELDS PEOPLES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (BPCA)

CONSTRUCTION RESOURCE & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (CRDC)

ENVIRONMENT WATCH ORGANISATION (EWO)

FISHERIES IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (FIP)

FRIENDS OF THE SEA (FOTS)

HOPE ZOO TRUST

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF JAMAICA (ISJA)

JACK’S HILL COMMUNITY COUNCIL (JHCC)

JAMAICA ALTERNATIVE TOURISM, CAMPING, & HIKING ASSOCIATION (JATCHA)

JAMAICA CIVIL SERVICE ASSOCIATION

JAMAICA CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST (JCDT)

JAMAICA ENVIRONMENT YOUTH NETWORK (JEYN)

JAMAICA ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST (JET)

JAMAICA GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (JGS)

JAMAICA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (JHS)

JAMAICA JUNIOR NATURALISTS (JJN)

JAMAICA ORGANIC GROWERS ASSOCIATION (JOGA)

JAMAICA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (JSPCA)

JAMAICA SUB AQUA CLUB

KINGSTON RESTORATION COMPANY LIMITED (KRC)

MONTEGO BAY MARINE PARK TRUST (MBMPT)

NATIONAL ARBORETUM FOUNDATION

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF JAMAICA (NHSJ)

NEGRIL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (NCC)

NEGRIL CORAL REEF PRESERVATION SOCIETY (NCRPS)

NEGRIL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION TRUST (NEPT)

NEW HAVEN RIVERSIDE GARDENS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

PORTLAND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (PEPA)

PORTMORE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION TRUST (PEPT)

SOUTH COAST CONSERVATION FOUNDATION (SCCF)

ST. ANN ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (STAEPA)

ST. ANN ORGANIC GROWERS ASSOCIATION (STOGA)

ST. ELIZABETH ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (SEEPA)

ST. THOMAS ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (STEPA)

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ASSOCIATION (TCPA)

TRELAWNY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (TEPA)

WILDLIFE & ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION ACTION NOW (WECAN)

ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCE TEACHERS OF JAMAICA

DATE FOUNDED:  June 1950

MISSION

To promote scientific literacy and technological awareness among its members, the education sector at all levels, and the wider community, for the social and economic development of the country. It seeks to create and maintain linkages among other national, regional and international groups of similar interests, in order to advance science and technology education.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Islandwide

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Main activities over the last five years have included: workshops with teachers at all levels, courses for fifth and sixth form students and teachers, an annual science exhibition conducted in regions culminating in a national exhibition, participation in regional science activities in the Caribbean.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

Involvement in the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) projects (judging projects), as a member of the Gosse Bird Club, through distribution of material and being a pioneer in concern and activities on environmental issues.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Skills in curriculum development, Science text book writing, science presentations, workshop planning and organization, devising criteria for assessing and judging competitions.

BirdLife

J A M A I C A

 

MISSION STATEMENT & OBJECTIVES

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

"BirdLife Jamaica aims to advance the knowledge and conservation of birds and their habitats in Jamaica through education, field projects, and advocacy."

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

 

1.   To promote the observation and study of birds and their habitats in Jamaica.

 

2.   To collate, store and disseminate information on birds and their habitats

 

3.   To build appreciation and public awareness of birds, their habitats and their conservation needs.

 

4.   To promote and develop the expertise and resources needed for the study and conservation of birds and their habitats.

 

5.   To influence decision-makers on matters affecting birds and their habitats.

 

6.   To collaborate with organisations with similar aims in Jamaica and abroad.

 

7.   To identify and set conservation priorities.

 

8.   To encourage and participate in field programmes for the conservation and management of birds and their habitats.

DATE FOUNDED:  Pre - 1960

MISSION

As deforestation and degradation of natural habitats have increased the club has had to include a strong conservation component and develop educational activities. The club’s mission is now to encourage the study and conservation of the birds of Jamaica and their habitats.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The following activities were undertaken by the Club during the past five years all of which have been successful:

a) Institution Building

b) Monitoring of Bird Life

c) Field Studies

d) Publication

e) Education

The current projects include:

a) Biology of the 2 Jamaican Parrots

b) Inventory of Avifauna in Blue/John Crow Mountains

c) Institution Building.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

Gosse Bird is one of the few local organizations dedicated to the study and conservation of wildlife.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

The following skills and services can be accessed from within the Gosse membership:

Bird identification
Monitoring
Habitat assessment

 

BLUE CROSS HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT FOUNDATION

DATE FOUNDED:  1992

MISSION

The primary goal of the Projects Department is to help people to help themselves through the development, implementation and successful sustainability of community projects that assist people to improve the quality of their lives.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Islandwide

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The main projects activities that have been undertaken over the last five years are:

1.Lead Pollution Clean-up - Frazers Content, St. Catherine

2.Private Providers Family Planning Project - Linstead, Old Harbour, Portmore, Christiana and Spaulding

3.Cascade - provision of selected health services to the community of Cascade in Portland -

4.Pesticide Projects - now at grant funding agency - 1996

5.Natural Health Insurance Plan & Procurement and Distribution of Drugs (in collaboration with the Ministry of Health - North East region

6.Solid Waste Management -Grant Funding sought

7.Where There Is No Doctor - Where There Is No Essential Health Care Practitioner - grant funding being sought for Projects 6 and 7.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

In addition to national and community impact, Blue Cross presents papers on environmental and health issues.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Project Management

 BLUEFIELDS PEOPLE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

DATE FOUNDED:  March 1989 (incorporated 1990). Limited Liability.

MISSION

Foundation building through proposed sustainable development projects; education of the community on environmental issues.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Bluefields Bay area, Encompassing six towns

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The following indicates the success of funding received by BPCA for projects submitted over the last five years:

  1. Development of Environmental Resource Center
  2. Development of a nursery
  3. Development of an Education & Child Survival Programme
  4. Core Funding Support

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Project coordinator experienced in human and community development from a holistic perspective, taking into consideration felt needs of the people and environmental impact.

Community involvement and problem solving.

 

CONSTRUCTION RESOURCE & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

DATE FOUNDED:  1983

MISSION

To be a resource centre for the informal housing sector and to make for better housing solutions.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Islandwide

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The main activities that have been undertaken over the last five years are:

1. Retrofit (Roofing).The technology and training has been exported to the Eastern

Caribbean.

2. Women’s Housing Advice Line

3. Women’s Construction Collective,

4. Research and Documentation.

5. Sanitation

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

CDRC has contributed to the environmental movement in Jamaica by being active in the formation of NEST, participating in review of Government Green Papers, liaising with Montego Bay Marine Park, etc.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

CRDC has a lot of experience in project accounting and can give technical advice in Sanitation and disaster mitigation.

 ENVIRONMENT WATCH ORGANIZATION

DATE FOUNDED:  April 1993

MISSION

To promote awareness of environmental issues and to take such steps as are necessary to promote practices that sustain and improve our Jamaican environment.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

St. James

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The activities undertaken over that time include:

  1. Environmental awareness and education programmes for 5 high schools in St. James
  2. Active participation on Earth Day and World Environment Week
  3. Use of media as forum to stimulate concern for the state of the environment
  4. Encouraged and challenged companies to demonstrate their concern for the environment
  5. Environmental fora and panel discussions, talks to groups
  6. Establishing Environment Clubs
  7. Creating linkages with ENGOs, Montego Bay Marine Park and Government Agencies (WPM Public Health, etc.).
  8. Pursuing used motor oil collection

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The organization has contributed to the environment movement in Jamaica through

-Use of the media

- Programmes on air pollution, deforestation, solid waste problems and other environmental issue have been presented

- Creating linkages with ENGOs

- Supporting environmental issues impacting on communities outside of Montego Bay

- Promoting environmental awareness.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

The following skills, resources and services can be accessed from EWO:

(a) How to structure an environmental organization.

(b) Environmental Awareness Programmes

(c) Some proposal writing

(d) Environmental information.

FRIENDS OF THE SEA

DATE FOUNDED:  1991

MISSION

To educate and increase public awareness; to protect and prevent destruction of marine life.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Ocho Rios

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The most successful activity to date was the presentation to Minister John Junor which led to formation of SET - 1995. The current project includes the establishment of the Ocho Rios Marine Park.

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

- Public fora and meetings to advise communities, fishermen and water-sports operators of marine and other environmental issues; participation with community groups and other environmental organizations.

- Environmental education programme with school children

- Labor day clean up projects at Ocho Rios Harbour "Sweep the Bay on Labour Day"

- Turtle Watch survey participation with Sea Turtle Recovery Network

- Publishes Sea Views, the Friends of the Sea (FOTS) newsletter

- Installation and maintenance of mooring buoys in Ocho Rios

- Design and distribute educational posters and brochures

- Publicize illegal sale of lobsters by restaurants during closed season

SKILLS/ RESOURCES/SERVICES

Installation of mooring buoys

Marine biology expertise

Business management

HOPE ZOO TRUST

DATE FOUNDED:  1984

This organization is undergoing some reorganisation. It was formed to provide practical assistance to the Hope Zoo. Since its formation its activities have included building parrot cages and giving lectures at the summer camps.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF JAMAICA

DATE FOUNDED:  February 7, 1986

MISSION

ISJA mission at its inception was to provide the members of the community with food, clothing and shelter. Its current mission is to keep the society environmentally friendly.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Oracabessa, St. Mary

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities undertaken by the organization over the last five years include:

1. Poultry rearing

2. A Women’s project - Quilt making

3. Pre-agroforestry(planted about 5 acres of fruit trees)

4. Vermicomposting

5. Apiculture

CONTRIBUTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

ISJA has contributed to the environmental movement through:

- Introducing the beekeeping industry as an integral part of the environment.

- Educating the community about the medicinal use of propolis, the bee venom found in the bee box. Propolis can be used as an anti-biotic to clear up skin disorders.

- Supporting the apiculture project in schools within the community

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

The following skills, resources and services can be accessed from within the ISJA membership:

- Agricultural skills

- Technical skills such as building

- Expertise in vermicomposting

- Local knowledge of:

-plants (know medicinal plants and medicinal properties in plants)

-snakes and crabs

-irish moss farming

-bio-diversity (plants and animals)

JACKS HILL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

DATE FOUNDED:  1978

MISSION

The current mission is to encourage community development through self-help.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jack’s Hill

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities undertaken over the last five years include:

a) Project Plant Phase 1 (1989): the creation of demonstration plots in tree planting and an educational programme to build awareness of reforestation issues.

b)Bush Fire Brigade (1991-1992).

c) Hillside Agriculture project (1993 to present). Activities include planting of coffee and fruit trees in the Mamee River subwatershed area, programmes to discourage cash crops and encourage long term cultivation (fruits etc), providing seedlings to farmers and information on certain pesticides, resuscitation of existing trees.

Current activities include:

a) bringing the Hillside Agriculture project to its final output

b) education targeted at youth

c) establishing environmental clubs

d) community development - paid staff who will coordinate programmes and do community outreach

e) achieve sustainability through developing an economic project from the fruit trees

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

JHCC has contributed to the environmental movement through its work with watershed protection, hillside farming, environmental education, bush fire control. Their work is an example of connecting community development/ preservation with environmental preservation.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Community involvement in agricultural programmes

Organized Jamaica's first bush fire brigade

JAMAICA ALTERNATIVE TOURISM, HIKING, AND CAMPING ASSOCIATION (JATCHA)

DATE FOUNDED:  1982

MISSION

To disseminate information and promote respectful travel, by Jamaicans and visitors, within Jamaica to areas of special natural and cultural heritage.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

- Continuous updating of resource centre documenting outdoor recreational opportunities and small accommodation facilities

- Training local guides

- Providing information on alternative travel and natural history data on Jamaica

SKILLS, RESOURCES, SERVICES

Numerous contacts for travel and accommodation in Jamaica

Ability to organise field/research trips

Natural history of Jamaica

JAMAICA CIVIL SERVICE ASSOCIATION

DATE FOUNDED:  May 5, 1919

MISSION

To seek to improve the welfare of its members and the nation as a whole,

members as workers and citizens. The Association also functions as a an interest group.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities over the last five years include:

a) negotiations

b) adopting children’s homes (Olivers Boys Home, Walkers Place Safety, Christian Boys Home); tutoring to needy students

c) respective ministries have social clubs which might do environmental activities

d) the works of individual members (e.g. Mr. Warren Robinson, Registrar of Companies involved with Hellshire Clean-up etc.)

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

JCSA does not contribute to the environmental movement

JAMAICA CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST

DATE FOUNDED:  1987. Legally registered in May 1988

MISSION

The JCDT is a membership organization dedicated to sustainable development through the promotion of responsible environmental management, education and advocacy.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities undertaken by JCDT over the last five years have included:

  1. Staffing of National Parks
  2. Funding of park projects
  3. Involvement in local Park Advisory Committee
  4. Photographic and Art Shows
  5. Education (a) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Educational Programme presented to over 30,000 children. (b) Environmental Competitions in thirty (30) schools. (c) Articles, puzzles, etc. in the Children’s Own Newspaper for the last three years. ( (d) Travelling exhibition which visited all the Parish e) Radio programmes on KLAS FM and Irie FM for about 6 months
  6. Publication of brochures targeting readers in the 12th graders (6th form) and above; as well as the Iguana Colouring Book.
  7. Research Library (in-house)
  8. 1993 - Eco-tourism workshop in conjunction with Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO)
  9. Providing technical assistance to Park Advisory Committees eg. project proposal writing
  10. Assisting in the start up of other trusts and organizations
  11. Working with the Fisheries Department in enforcing the closed lobster seasons.

JCDT assists with publicity.

Current projects include:

- Organizing the Green Expo scheduled for June 7 - 9, 1996 involving ninety companies.

- Management of the National Parks

- School’s Recycling and Organic Gardening Competition currently underway in over fifty schools island-wide.

Short Term Future Projects

- Refurbishing of the Oatley Trail in the Hollywell area

- To begin reforestation and management of watersheds in conjunction with the National Water Commission

-Will be assisting the World Bank and the Government of Guyana in determining the financial viability of protected area systems in Guyana

- Assisting the Millbank Community in the Rio Grande Valley, Portland to obtain an accountant for funds (from Green Fund and British Funds) for rebuilding a bridge.

Such activities come to the attention of JCDT through the local advisory committees. Funds are channeled to the community through JCDT which monitors the spending of and accounting for the funds.

-Will be implementing on behalf of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) a fuel wood farm on property belonging to Alcan (Bauxite Company).

-Will be developing a nature trail at Villa Ronai for Pulse Investments

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

The following skills, resources and services can be accessed from within the JCDT membership:

- a wide range of technical assistance related to - development of project proposals,

environmental audits, development of eco-attractions (eg. nature trails), fundraising (eg. debt swap negotiations), financial management.

- training in Natural Resource Management/Conservation.

- educational materials.

JAMAICA ENVIRONMENT TRUST (JET)

DATE FOUNDED:  1991

MISSION

JET’s early mission was to do on the ground projects in communities to include gully clean-up, and beach clean-up (Hellshire). The frustration, given the middle class nature of the organization, and the demand of on the ground work caused the organization to shift its focus to education. The current mission is therefore, to deliver environmental education and raise awareness particularly with children. To focus on urban issues.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

One proposal ( to pass tree preservation order) done jointly with JCDT submitted to EFJ was turned down.

The main activities undertaken over the last five years include:

1. Gully Clean-up

2. Grants Pen, Hellshire, Old Harbour Bay, Palisadoes (twice)

A public health worker doing a thesis had started a community group which fell apart when she left.

3. Annual photo competition

4. Musical play by ASHE - "Nuff respect to nature" - 1993. This was played at 50 schools around the island.

5. Pilot recycling project in 10 primary schools funded by EFJ - 1995 - children collected both in home and school 3 tons of cans in three weeks.

Current projects include:

-June 1995 and end of June 1996 CIBC and Dyoll - Earth Schools (4 Kingston/5 rural- these are schools which bank with CIBC)- prize of a computer

-Tree planting project - Courts- administration through Boy Scouts and Guides.

-Tree survival project - cash prize in April

-World Bank energy conservation project. This is a 2 year project.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

JET can provide resource persons for talks to other NEST members

JAMAICA ENVIRONMENT YOUTH NETWORK

DATE FOUNDED:  November 1991.

MISSION

To gather and fashion integrated strategies that will prevent further degradation of the environment and foster growth and development. There strategies should help to reshape our economy and revitalize development as on an environmentally sound and sustainable basis.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Over the last five (5) years the organization’s successful activities have included:

  1. Post Earth Summit Caribbean Youth Conference - Funded by CIDA, NRCA, Government of Jamaica, CUSO
  2. Set up Caribbean Environmental Youth Network - host regional meetings (Barbados)
  3. Expertise group for International Action Solidarity Equality Environment and Development
  4. Lectures on debt/structural adjustment
  5. Planned campaign against IMF and World Bank
  6. Educate and re-orientated people

Recent activity is the Assembly of Caribbean Youth in Trinidad And Tobago, August 1996.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The organization has contributed to the environmental movement in Jamaica through:

- contributions to government policies

- involvement with NGO

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

JEYN can offer skills and resources in conflict resolution and educational/environmental materials for information.

JAMAICA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

DATE FOUNDED:  1825.

MISSION:

The expansion of horticulture in Jamaica

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Main activities over the five years have included the annual flower show, workshops and the discussions.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT MOVEMENT

JHS considers itself one of the oldest environment organizations. They see themselves as an excellent springboard for furthering the environmental cause e.g. through the annual show and through the resource centre to be developed.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

JHS can offer other NEST members:

- Technical assistance e.g. - erecting shade houses and public parks

- Forestry skills e.g. expertise in export

- Expertise in growing particular plants, etc.

JAMAICA JUNIOR NATURALIST

DATE FOUNDED:  1982

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The association’s major projects have been the production of Crocodile News and environmental programmes in the schools. The last issue of Crocodile News was in 1995.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

JJN has contributed to the environmental movement through its education of children and as one of the first ENGOs.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

The following skills, resources and services can be accessed from within JJN:

-environmental education

-slide packages, books on the environment

JAMAICA ORGANIC GROWERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED

DATE FOUNDED:  June 1990

MISSION

The promotion of Regenerative Agriculture in Jamaica and environmentally safe farming practices which protect and preserve the soil, ground water, health and atmosphere in general

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

JOGA has undertaken the following activities:

  1. Seminar on sustainable Agriculture: April 1993
  2. Two-days workshop: held at Malvern Science Resource Centre in St. Elizabeth in October 1993
  3. Research "Prospects for more Organic Farming in Jamaica" prepared for the Ministry of Agriculture and the soil Nutrient Application Programme (SNAP).
  4. Produced a draft standards document for Certification of Organic Farming in 1994.
  5. Conducted a prefeasibility study for the establishment of an organic growers market.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

JOGA’s strongest contribution has been in the area of Specialist information/knowledge. JOGA’s is it the only organization that focuses exclusively on organic farming/regenerative agriculture.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

JOGA can provide information and training in organic farming techniques from within its membership.

JAMAICA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (JSPCA)

DATE FOUNDED:  1920

MISSION

The mission of the JSPCA is to prevent cruelty to animals, through veterinary care and public education.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The current projects of the JSPCA are:

  1. Acquisition of property to house the clinic as the current corporate area location is rented.
  2. Fundraising through the production and sale of Christmas cards.
  3. Public education through the erection of a booth at the Children’s Expo to be held in May 1996).

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The JSPCA makes its strongest contribution to the environmental movement in the area of specialist Information/Knowledge (animal care and protection veterinary) medicine

JAMAICA SUB-AQUA CLUB

DATE FOUNDED:  October 1, 1957

MISSION

To promote safe and environmentally friendly scuba diving for science, exploration and sport.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Over the last five years the main activities that have been undertaken successfully include:

Artificial Tyre Reef Building - Cow Bay, St. Thomas

Assisting Fisheries Division with Conch Survey

Members Diving Training and Skills Development.

The current projects include diving training and skills to members, assisting NRCA and the University of Sweden in coastal zone mapping and monitoring.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The organization has contributed to the environmental movement through environmental awareness passed on to members; as a watchdog/reporting to relevant agencies; assisting with environmental research/studies, etc.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

The JSAC membership has skills in Underwater Survey and Assessments.

KINGSTON RESTORATION COMPANY LIMITED (KRC)

DATE FOUNDED:  1983

MISSION

KRC’s mission is to assist in the creation of the conditions necessary for sustainable physical, cultural, social and economic development of downtown Kingston.

Community Development (education, health, security) has grown to be more of a priority and more in scope that originally envisioned. KRC’s focus is on youth to raise a new generation and thus break the cycle of poverty. Increasingly KRC is playing a lobbying/advocacy role as the needs are too great. They are also training community leaders and strengthening community groups.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Downtown Kingston

North: East Queen Street

East: South Camp Road

West: Pechon Street

South: Harbour Street

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The main activities that have been undertaken over the last five years are as follows:

(a) On the commercial side - have achieved goal of demonstrating viability of the downtown area. Public and private entities have relocated to the area; buildings have been refurbished etc. Leading to attraction of major investment.

(b) On the community side: The YESS Programme (Youth Community Programme)

The current projects include:

Government Leasing KRC "Rum Stores" a large property with derelict warehouses. KRC will make the site useable.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

KRC has contributed to the environmental movement on a small scale. The organization has contributed to making students environmentally aware. It has sent some students to an environment camp in Brazil, helped students to organize regular clean-up days and has lent support to concern about the harbour.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

KRC can offer other NEST members training in Accounting and reporting procedures and models in community development.

NATIONAL ARBORETUM FOUNDATION

DATE FOUNDED:  1991

MISSION

To participate in the maintenance of a healthy environment through conservation and educational activities. To Improve quality of life through preservation of the Botanical Gardens.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The Foundation produced development strategies for the 4 Gardens in 1992 based on public hearings.

The Foundation’s current projects are:

- the establishment of a Plant Conservation Centre.

- Infrastructure for the Foundation (restoring building)

-developing nursery and database (on endemic species)

NAF is currently involved with the Kings House Grounds restoration and a native tree park is to be developed as a project. They are in need of a nursery, plants etc.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

Conservation and Natural Resource Management.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

NAF can offer landscaping skills and services to member organizations, based on their knowledge of local vegetation.

NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF JAMAICA

DATE FOUNDED:  January 4, 1941

MISSION

The mission of the Society at its formation in 1941 was stated as "The encouragement and advancement of the study of Natural History in Jamaica". This continues to be the Society’s Mission today.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Over the last five years the Society’s activities have been focused on the following :

- school visits and presentation

- publishing (a) Jamaica Naturalist, (b) Blue Mountain Lounge. Both received funding support:

- production and sale of T-shirts and posters.

Current activities include publishing a colouring book (A to Z of wildlife and wildplaces).

The Education Sub-Committee visits the Norman Gardens All Age School weekly providing talks and making slide presentations to two (2) Grade five (5) classes. It is also coordinates the making of a garden at the Norman Gardens All Age and St. Hughes Preparatory School as part of the JCDT’s Schools Environment Project and a Recycling Project at the St. Hughs Prep. The Committee also wrote articles for the Children’s Own Newspaper which have formed the basis of a competition now in progress. Future activities include producing other nature guides.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Publishing and editing knowledge

Natural history of Jamaica

NEGRIL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DATE FOUNDED:  Registered 1983

MISSION

The promotion and development of industry and commerce which shall benefit the area and the nation, on a sustainable basis and with due regard to the environment.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Negril

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities undertaken over the last five (5) years include:

-Hair braiders

-Vendors Plaza

- a library project ( This project was the renovation of an old building which was handed over to the Jamaica Library Service. )

- Traffic Management Project

- Two (2) Coastal Water Monitoring Projects:

*1st - entirely by the community

*2nd - partial funding from EFJ and the community

- Cleaning the beach

- School Feeding Programme

- Installation of Waterclosets 1990

NCC’s current project is the establishment of security booths to put in place police and resort patrol to patrol with radios.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

NCC has contributed to the environmental movement through:

-a section in the Guide on environment

-interaction with groups

-contribution to Water quality - coastal water

-beach cleaning

-provision of sanitary facilities

-relocation of vendors from the street

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

NCC as a group cannot make any skills, resources or services available to other NEST members.

NEGRIL CORAL REEF PRESERVATION SOCIETY (NCRPS)

DATE FOUNDED:  1990

MISSION

The preservation and protection of marine resources and the environment through sustainable development with emphasis on: coral reefs, wetlands, fisheries, mangroves, and sea grass beds.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Negril

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Mooring buoy installation and maintenance

Developing plan for protected marine park

Public education programmes (lectures, brochures, booklets and slide presentations)

Earth Day programmes and summer library programme

Participation in International Coastal Clean-up Day

Coral reef monitoring and reef restoration

Annual workshops (e.g. Planning Negril's Protection and Water Quality Issues)

Water sports operators education programmes

Distribution of brochures and posters to influence tourist awareness

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Installation and maintenance of mooring buoys

Development and printing of brochures and posters

Coral reef monitoring and reef restoration

NEW HAVEN RIVERSIDE GARDENS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

DATE FOUNDED:  1972

MISSION

The original mission of the association was to pursue civic and social amenities in the community.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

New Haven Riverside Gardens

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

1994 Socio - Economic Survey

Establishment of a Development Centre

1995 Children’s Summer Programme

Children’s Educational Programme

1995-1996 Clean - up of Gully and Drain

Security of land tenure in collaboration with P.R.I.D.E.

The Children’s Summer Programme and the Gully Cleaning Project are considered successful projects. One hundred and sixty (160) children participated in the summer programme learning about composting, recycling and other environmental issues. Citizens have been employed in the Gully Cleaning Programme.

PORTLAND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ASSOCIATION LTD (PEPA)

DATE FOUNDED:  May 22, 1988

MISSION

- To promote public awareness and action

- To ensure the wise use of natural resources for sustainable development

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Main activities undertaken by the organization over the last five years are:

1. Big Joe project - funded by Big Joe.

2. Primary Education

3. Hotel Greening

4. Banana Sleeve Project - funded by Banana Company of Jamaica. PEPA is trying to find out if there is something recyclable to do with the banana sleeves. Seminars will be

conducted with farmers to lecture them on the harm that it does.

5. ENVIROTREK.(an environmental board game)

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

PEPA has had training sessions with the police in law so far as it pertains to sandmining and endangered species (parrot).

PORTMORE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION TRUST

DATE FOUNDED:  March 1993

MISSION

To provide a Holistic approach to environmental protection encompassing physical and spiritual aspects. To provide balanced information on environmental issues, to provide quality improvement techniques and principles and implement solutions to environmental problems.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Portmore, St, Catherine

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

PEPT has undertaken one main project since its inception, namely, "The Portmore Parkway Beautification Project" which was developed in late 1994. The outcome of the project is to be the transformation of 1 1/4 miles of open space at the entrance of the Portmore Community into a green area. Under the project, the following activities have been carried out to date: -removal of refuse from and leveling of the parkway area

-digging of trenches for irrigation pipes

-purchase of pump, pipes and fittings, and wood for fencing (more is needed).

-securing the input of a landscaper courtesy of the Urban Development Corporation

Current activities:

-to place top soil in the areas where pipes have been laid

-tree planting and establishment of a lawn

-publishing two educational brochures

a)a pictorial in the life forms in areas of the community e.g. wetlands

b)a brochure on pollution of/in the community

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The interviewee questioned the meaning of "Environmental Movement in Jamaica". PEPT prefers to see itself as dealing with Broad issues of community development. It was felt that PEPT was not "on the same wave length" as the other ENGOs which tend to be "too birds and bees" focused.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

PEPT is able to provide skills in project proposal writing to other groups. At present such assistance is being given to other community based organizations.

SOUTH COAST CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

DATE FOUNDED:  December 1992

MISSION

SCCF is dedicated to the effective management and sustainable use of the natural resources of the Portland Bight/Hellshire Hills Project Area by and for the residents of the area.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

South coast of Jamaica, particularly the Portland Bight/Hellshire Hills areas

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The current projects include:

-a Coral Reef Survey

-Fuel wood Forest

-Nursery

-Organizational strengthening of resource user group(ongoing)

-Inventory of lizard (Herpe to fauna)

SCCF plans to create a protected area. A baseline survey will be done of the existing resources and a management plan drafted in conjunction with resource users in the community.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

SCCF has contributed to the environment movement in the area of environmental management.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

SCCF can assist other members with proposal writing.

ST. ANN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

DATE FOUNDED:  1989

MISSION

STAEPA is dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources in Jamaica and particularly in St. Ann.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

St. Ann

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

STAEPA current activities include:

1. A National Environmental School’s Project competition by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust.

2. Environmental Education for Teachers Workshop Series

3. Earth Day events

4. The ICWI Group’s School Teachers Summer Camp.

5. School programmes to begin in September

6. Old Folly Progressive Summer Camp

7. Care and protection of parrots by the President. Once a year those parrots that have molted or got back their feathers are released.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

STAEPA’s contribution to the environmental movement in Jamaica has come through:

- its role in bringing environmental awareness to its community

- its role in getting the Parish Council and Local Government involved in environmental issues

Wendy Van Barneveld now sits on a Local Government Committee.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

STAEPA can assist with training in video production and the use of video equipment, journalism.

ST. ELIZABETH ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (SEEPA)

DATE FOUNDED:  1990

MISSION

Foundation building through proposed sustainable development projects; education of the community on environmental issues; working to help create the proposed national park.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Black River Upper and Lower Morass

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Christmas card sales

Clean-up campaign (i.e. trash drums, etc.)

Helping in establishment of Black River National Park

Working to establish a local park at a present dumping site

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Environmental planning

Mariculture expert available

ST. THOMAS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (STEPA)

DATE FOUNDED:  November 1992.

MISSION

To work in any way possible towards the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of every aspect of the environment in the parish of St. Thomas.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

St. Thomas

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The main activities undertaken over the last five (5) years include: educational programmes, beach clean-ups, road way clean ups, solid waste conference, plastic juice box recycling project. The most successful has been the educational programmes.

The current project is the plastic juice box recycling project

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The organization contributes to the environmental movement by: (a) participating in National events e.g. NEST Conferences (b) creating awareness. In the future the organization hopes to make its strongest contribution in education and in setting up a Marine Park.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

STEPA members has experience in organizing work days and networking with community groups.

TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA

DATE FOUNDED:  1972

MISSION

To make sure development in Jamaica is done in accordance with environmental concerns. The Association should be recognized and assert itself.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The Association has never submitted a project for funding.

Their main activities have been workshops and seminars.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The Association’s contribution to the environmental movement has been an indirect one. When the PRIDE project was announced by the Government a team from the Association met with the National Co-ordinator. The interviewee pointed out that the area of planning must be brought to bear on any environmental decision. He also pointed out that NHT and the Portmore project had no planners on the team in the forefront as designers.

TRELAWNY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (TEPA)

DATE FOUNDED:  1992

MISSION

Ordered development. Development in harmony with nature.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

St. James

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

The main activities that have been undertaken by the organization over the last five (5) years are:

-Workshop for teachers

- Participation in international beach clean up

- Artificial reef project with some fishermen

In the area of environmental monitoring, TEPA is working closely with the health department especially where mosquito breeding is concerned.

Current projects include;

-working with the fishermen in Falmouth to get a membership exchange project going

-providing retail outlet for fishing gear

- developing a protected are in the Martha Brae Estuary

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

The organization has contributed to the environmental movements in Jamaica by:

-raising the level of awareness of the people in Trelawny

-slowing down the destruction of the wet lands - aims to eliminate totally

- actually stopped development in certain areas.

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Ecologist - Roland Haye

Community Development - Peace Corps

WILDLIFE & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ACTION NOW (WECAN)

DATE FOUNDED:  1991

MISSION

To encourage the appreciation, study and conservation of wildlife and the environment in Jamaica- "Youth educating youth"

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA SERVED

Jamaica

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Publication of W.E.C.A.N. Magazine- environmentally focused youth magazine

Bird watching and banding/compiling information

Paper recycling programme

Organization of nature hikes

Supplements for Children's Own (pending)

Composting/maintenance of organic garden

Club in-house education (lectures, slides and discussions with naturalists and conservationists)

School presentations

SKILLS/RESOURCES/SERVICES

Working with youth

Knowledge of paper making techniques

Knowledge of Jamaican birds

Publication of educational materials