Three million trees to be planted in Jamaica over three years

Jamaica is targeting the planting of three million timber and ornamental trees over the next three years under a National Tree Planting Programme launched by Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, on Friday (October 4).

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right), is assisted by student at the Jamaica House Basic School in St. Andrew, Zaire Quest (centre), to plant a Jamaican Mahogany tree, at the launch of the National Tree Planting Programme on Friday (October 4) at Jamaica House. (Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson )

The initiative, which is being managed by the Forestry Department, will see the foresting of 3,000 hectares of land with two million timber seedlings, while the remaining one million timber and ornamental seedlings will be distributed to the public for planting.

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Prime Minister Holness, in his address at the launch ceremony held at Jamaica House, said that the initiative is part of the Government’s strategic response to climate change.

He said that the island is already experiencing the impacts of climate variations, with more intense drought and unpredictable weather, hence the need to take urgent action.

“It is an investment in our future,” he said, adding that “our children are depending on us”.

Member of Parliament, Juliet Holness (left), receives assistance from student at the Jamaica House Basic School, Jadae Mowatt (second left), and Director of Human Resource Management and Development at the Forestry Department, Novelete Anderson (right), in planting a tree at the launch of the National Tree Planting Programme on Friday (October 4) at Jamaica House. (Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson)

More than 1,000 interns under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment Programme (HOPE), will be trained and certified in basic forestry management and engaged in the planting exercise.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is looking to engage the private sector in the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology to track the planting and maintenance of the seedlings.