Projects

Since its inception, NEPT has continued to conduct a wide array of environmental activities and projects within the Negril EPA and surrounding communities that are in keeping six strategic programme areas. The areas are:

  1. Natural Resource Management
  2. Research
  3. Environmental Education and Awareness
  4. Sustainable Community Development
  5. Advocacy
  6. Financial Independence and Sustainability

For 10 years NEPT managed the Royal Palm Reserve a 289 acre wetland forest reserve and eco-tourism attraction in the Negril Great Morass. NEPT has served as the Communication & Education Awareness Focal Point for the National RAMSAR Secretariat and is the National Operator for the Blue Flag Campaign, (the internationally accredited beach and marine certification system). NEPT was also one of the Focal Point Organizations for the Caribbean Regional Environment Programme (Jamaica) an EU funded project focused on the collaborative development and protection of the entire Negril EPA.

 

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Current Project Activities

 

1.     Natural Resources Management

  • Current managers of the Orange Bay Fish Sanctuary via an MOU with Ministry of Agriculture. MOA funding inadequate to do meaningful sanctuary management.
  • Co-manage the Negril Marine Park along with NCRPS via an MOU with NEPA.
  • Recent National Operator of the Jamaica Blue Flag Campaign programme for eleven candidate properties via collaborative arrangement with NEPA..
  • Negril Great Morass Restoration – Leading lobby for action on restoring natural wetland functions; Wrote project concept that received preliminary funding approval from the GEF.

 

2.     Research

  •  Securing, installing and monitoring hydrological and climate data equipment to generate site level data necessary for addressing wetland degradation issues.
  • Rapid assessment of wetland hydrology and development of a wetland management strategy for the Negril Great Morass.
  • Coastal water quality monitoring in response to pollution issues.

 

3.     Environmental Education & Awareness

  • Improving Negril Marine Park Management Effectiveness Through Digital Media Communication- a small project implemented during October 2012-March 2013
  • Hosting of selected major environmental calendar events including World Wetlands Day, and Earth Day.
  • Implementation of River Sweep Jamaica – a river corridor clean up campaign.
  • Distribution of Educational awareness materials and quarterly EPA newsletters.
  • Public community meetings throughout the Negril EPA on topics such as wetland conservation, pest management control, and other environmental concerns of the Negril EPA.
  • Providing environmental commentary on environmental issues within the Negril EPA.
  • EPA Schools Environmental Education Programme implementation.

 

4.     Sustainable Community Development

  • Institutional development assistance for Green Island Fishers.
  • Small scale coastal ecosystem restoration in Little Bay – in development.
  • Empowering one community to address issues and reduce stress on wetland via mentoring.
  • Working with local farmers to identify opportunities to secure and improve their livelihood.

5.     Advocacy

  • Currently leading lobby to get action on restoring the natural functions of the Negril Great Morass.
  • Collaborate with other local groups to lobby for beach restoration to address beach erosion in Negril.
  • Provide expertise on a range of environmental and natural resource issues in the Negril EPA.
  • Comment on Environmental Impact Assessments for development occurring in the Negril EPA.

 

6.     Financial Independence and Sustainability

  • Developing programmes and projects and actively applying for grants to fund implementation and long term sustainability.

 

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