JIS News

The Forestry Department will host its annual exhibition on (Nov.29) under the theme: ‘A Greener Jamaica, a Healthier You’.
The event, which will be held at the Forestry Department’s office at 173 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8, will give members of the public the opportunity to view the work of the Department and its stakeholders in areas such as conservation and preservation, as well as the management and sustainable use of the island’s forest resources.
In an interview with JIS News, Forest Information and Public Awareness Officer, Stephanie Donaldson Francis, explained that the exhibition is out of the need to sensitize Jamaicans about the roles and functions of the Department.
The day will include educational seminars on the Private Tree Planting Programme and creating compost heaps. Some 16 stakeholder groups will be on hand to display “the practical relationship between forestry and other areas of life,” Mrs. Donaldson Francis explained.
The event is being touted as one for education, exposure, entertainment and generally providing valuable information on the work, function and importance of the Department.
Mrs. Francis told JIS News that the theme for the event was chosen as a result of the need to highlight the relationship between maintaining the island’s forest reserves and the health and other benefits that can be derived.
“When you maintain the forests, there are benefits to be had. You have the clean air, wicker and honey that you can get,” she indicated.
The exhibition, which will commence at 10:00 a.m., is open to the public, especially students, and “will serve the interest of all patrons who come,” Mrs. Donaldson Francis said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Donovan Stanberry, under whose purview the organization falls, will declare the exhibition open.

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