Marine Programme Activities:
Terrestrial Programme Activities:
- Alternative Livelihoods: Agro-Processing
- Assessment of the Potentials in the Cashew Value Chains in the Caribbean
- Good Agricultural Practices: Training & Plots
- National Park Management
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Jamaica is located at 17° 22’ North latitude and 77° 30’ West longitude. It is approximately 10,981 km² in size and is the largest of the English speaking Caribbean Islands. It is comprised primarily of limestone (70% of the island) with some igneous and metamorphic rock. The limestone base has produced distinct karst topography, created by the dissolution of the limestone material, giving rise to many caves and sinkholes on the island. This topography is particularly well developed in Trelawny in an area referred to as the Cockpit country, consisting of steep conical hills interspersed by deep hollows. The island is dominated by a central ridge with the highest peak in the Blue Mountains at maximum elevation of 2,256 m.
Jamaica experiences a tropical marine climate. The country’s average annual temperature is around 27°C. Rainfall varies based on topography where the island’s central ridge area receives over 2000mm of rainfall per annum while the southern coastal plain receives less than 1000mm in some areas. The Blue Mountains receive over 3000mm of rainfall annually. Jamaica experiences a rainy and dry season with driest period lasting from December to March. Jamaica is in the Hurricane belt and frequently experiences hurricanes and tropical storms which result in severe flooding events and landslides. Recent hurricanes to hit Jamaica were Ivan in 2004, Dean in 2007 and Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
- Management Planning starts for Jamaica’s first World Heritage Site Representatives from four key organisations involved in management of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park met today with representative from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) – Eva Maria Naeher to initiate plans for the preparation of a management plan for the property which was recently inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Jamaican organisations ...
- CATS 2 Video Documentary on Strategies for Sustainable Financial Management of Marine Managed Areas MMA published https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkazsthSScs&feature=youtu.be 16-21 June 2014 The successful workshop initiated the preparation of the MMA Management Plans, the cornerstone of sustainable financial management and an important milestone in the operational plans of each country MMA. The workshop was attended by 35 participants from the MMAs in the 5 countries and partner organisations closely involved marine resource management. These included, in ...
- Press Release February 2015 – RISE TO THE CHALLANGE The German Development Cooperation (GIZ), and the Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Department of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) jointly operate the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions Programme (CATS) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and CARICOM. CATS advocates a ‘ridge-to-reef’ approach to foster both the conservation of marine ...
- Five financing and assistance agreements signed in 2013! In 2013, several bankable infrastructure projects were quickly identified through successful collaboration with selected partners in three of the eight member states. A total of five financing and assistance agreements were signed for these projects. The project focuses on improving the supply of drinking water and environmentally-friendly sanitary solutions. In addition to increasing climate resilience by ...