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  • The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is collaborating with various partners in observing National Environmental Awareness Week from June 1 to 5 under the theme: ‘Illegal Trade in Wildlife’.
  • The event will include partners from various agencies as well as schools, and will feature environmental-related displays, presentations, library tours and a concert.
  • Activities will continue beyond the period of observance with the staging of an ‘Ambient Air Quality Data Validation’ workshop from June 6 to 10 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, and the cleaning of the Palisadoes stretch on World Ocean Day, June 8.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is collaborating with various partners in observing National Environmental Awareness Week from June 1 to 5 under the theme: ‘Illegal Trade in Wildlife’.

Manager of the Public Education and Corporate Communication Branch at NEPA, Dionne Rose, told JIS News that activities are focused on sensitising persons to the importance of protecting the environment and the country’s endemic species.

“We are encouraging persons not to trade our endemic species, which include animals and plants. The environment is important because this is where we live and we are encouraging persons to try and do activities that will enhance the environment,” she said.

She told JIS News that the agency will stage its open day and environmental fair   at its head office at 11 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event will include partners from various agencies as well as schools, and will feature environmental-related displays, presentations, library tours and a concert.

Ms. Rose said members of the public will be provided with information on how to regularise permits and licences, benefit from reduced rates on application consultations, and view demonstrations on how to check and track the status of their applications.

Open day events will also be hosted by the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust from June 1-3 at its offices at Pier One, Montego Bay; and the University of West Indies (UWI) Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in St. Ann on June 3.

The week culminates with NEPA’s 15th anniversary church service on June 5 at Bethel Baptist Church on Hope Road, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Activities will continue beyond the period of observance with the staging of an ‘Ambient Air Quality Data Validation’ workshop from June 6 to 10 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, and the cleaning of the Palisadoes stretch on World Ocean Day, June 8.

Other partners in the observation of National Environmental Awareness Week are the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation; Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC); St. Catherine Parish Council; National Land Agency (NLA); Forestry Department; Water Resources Authority (WRA); Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).

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