February 29, 2016
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is encouraging members of the public to participate in the development of the management plans for the Ocho Rios Marine Park and the Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area by reviewing the draft Plans and provide feedback.
The public has until Wednesday 2 March 2016 to submit comments to NEPA.
Anthony McKenzie, Director, Environment Management and Conservation Division at NEPA said the public's comments are critical.
"The Agency looks forward to hearing from members of the public. Stakeholders are instrumental in saying what happens in the areas under review," said Mr. McKenzie.
NEPA will ensure that the views, concerns and suggestions received are considered and included in finalization of the Plans.
The Ocho Rios Marine Park and Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area Management Plans were completed in December 2015. The Plans set goals and outline strategies to preserve and maintain the areas' natural resources. They also provide a framework for decision-making and list activities that can and cannot be done within the designated protected areas.
Both draft management plans can be viewed on the Agency's website www.nepa.gov.jm, the Sharon O'Connor Documentation Centre at NEPA's Kingston 11 Caledonia Avenue office or the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library.
The Ocho Rios Marine Park Management Plan is also available at NEPA St. Ann Parish Office, the Tourism Product Development office and the Ocho Rios Branch Library.
Meanwhile, the Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area Management Plan can also be accessed at the Kingston and Port Royal Offices of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and the Fisheries Division. The document is also at the Port Royal and Greater Portmore Branch Libraries.
Written comments on both plans are to be submitted to the Protected Areas Branch at NEPA's head office at 10 Caledonia Avenue Kingston 5, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.