WORLD WATER DAY
Mona Reservoir Lap-a-thon for the Blue Mountains
A joint project of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) and National Water Commission (NWC)
The “Mona Reservoir Lap-a-thon for the Blue Mountains” is an awareness and fund-raising event to be held at the Mona Reservoir, Great House Road (off Mona Road) Kingston 7 on Saturday, 21st March, 2015 in celebration of World Water Day. The event will take place between 6:30am and 10:30am with the official section (for which prizes will be given) starting at 7:00am with a prize-giving ceremony at 8:30am. Participants will register to walk, jog or run around the Reservoir to earn contributions which will be donated to the JCDT (a registered charity) for its Endowment Fund to support management of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP) into the future.
Participants will register using the application form provided and indicating their age category. There will be a registration fee of JA$500 and registered participants will receive a breakfast snack at the event. Registered participants will use the Sponsorship Form provided on their registration, to collect donations from their family, friends and colleagues to sponsor their walk and/or make their own donation, aiming for at least $2,000. All contributions will go to the JCDT Endowment Fund to support BJCMNP management. The person who brings their contribution on the event day and has the largest contribution will receive a special prize and there will be other prizes for most laps in each of the age categories.
World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March each year under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). “Water and Sustainable Development” is the theme for 2015 and 2005 to 2015 has been declared by the UN “International Decade for Action for Water for Life”.
Water for Kingston and St. Andrew comes from the Blue Mountains
The BJCMNP protect the forests of the upper watershed areas which are the source of the water flowing into the Hope and Yallahs Rivers which feed into the Mona Reservoir. The Mona Reservoir supplies significant portions of the population of Kingston and St. Andrew. In addition, water originating in the BJCMNP is consumed by all citizens of eastern Jamaica and supplies the many farms which provide coffee, bananas, fruit and vegetables as well as supporting dairy cattle and other animals.
Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
The JCDT manages the BJCMNP under delegation from the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) through the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and in collaboration with NEPA, the Forestry Department (the site is also a Forest Reserve) and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (the Park and the Rio Grande Valley are designated Protected National Heritage). Management is guided by a 5-year Management Plan (2011 – 2016) which describes programmes for natural and cultural heritage conservation, enforcement & compliance, education & public involvement, recreation & tourism, monitoring & evaluation, governance & administration. Activities include reforestation with native, non-lumber trees, control of invasive plant species, school visits, sustainable community development and bird monitoring. The Management Plan indicates a recurrent, operational budget of JA$55million/annum but JCDT raises about JA$35million/annum including a contribution from government of about 30%. Jamaica has nominated the BJCMNP as a World Heritage Site (a prestigious international award) but needs to prove financial sustainability and improved management. A sustainable source of additional and secure funding is required to ensure management of the BJCMNP to conserve its rich natural and cultural heritage, including water resources, for all time.
Join us in helping to raise funds for the conservation of the Blue and John Crow Mountains.