- Last Updated on 28 June 2015
JCDT has played a critical role in the process including the evaluation visit from ICOMOS and IUCN and the preparation of supplementary information. In May, 2015, Jamaica received word that the two independent evaluating bodies had recommended inscription of the core, Preservation Zone of the National Park for both natural and cultural heritage values. This will make the Blue and John Crow Mountains one of only 32 World Heritage Sites inscribed for BOTH natural and cultural heritage values – there is no other such site in the Caribbean.
Every 5 years, with the help of an external facilitator, JCDT conducts a planning activity during which Board, staff and other stakeholders reflect on the performance of the organisation and plan for the next five years. Using the data from its monthly and annual reports, the organisation assesses achievement of the goals and objectives in the Strategic Plan for the previous five years. In addition, it uses a specialised tool for Institutional Self Assessment (developed by The Nature Conservancy) which considers indicators for leadership, organisational management, human resources etc. Finally, it asks the opinion of several stakeholders. This information helps the organisation plan for the future in a way that builds on its strengths, addresses weak areas and takes advantage of opportunities. These five year plans guide annual work-plans which keep the organisation focused on achievement of its targets, objectives, goals and ultimately its mission.
At the end of 2009, JCDT assessed its performance in terms of meeting the objectives it set in its 2005 – 2009 Strategic Plan. In general most objectives were either met or partially met although there were major challenges particularly in trying to achieve organisational and financial sustainability. The 2009 Institutional Assessment showed improvement in 27 of 35 indicators with the remainder staying the same, as compared to the Assessment conducted in 2004. Staff, Board and other stakeholders were asked to indicate what they considered to be the Most Significant Change attributable to JCDT and all the statements related to achievements in:
- Environmental education and public awareness – particularly the outreach to schools around the National Park, use of Holywell for educational activities, Misty Bliss and Green Expo
- Sustainable livelihoods/community impact – particularly the Youth PATH programme which provided skills training and capacity building for youth from communities around the BJCMNP.
- Status/health of the BJCMNP ecosystems – whilst the bird, forest and stream monitoring indicated that health had been maintained or even improved in some cases, increased Ranger patrols identified and addressed more illegal and destructive activities. Of course, it may be that this is the case initially, and with ongoing presence of the National Park Rangers, these activities will decrease.
- Tourism and Recreation – improvements and increased use, particularly at Holywell.
- Organisational capacity and reputation – the technical and administrative competencies of the JCDT were recognised and acknowledged e.g. data collection, active National Park management and fundraising.