News from Grantees and Members April-June 2011

Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust(JCDT)

JCDT hosted Green Expo 2011 for three days, June 10-12, 2011. This years event featured not only the main exhibition area, but also the Green Marketplace which included a Children's Pavilion, Food Court and Farmers' Market. The theme of the event was 'Balancing Development with Environmental Protection' with exhibits featuring water conservation, alternative energy sources, recycling and waste management and energy conservation. The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) Booth had a record 17 grantee exhibitors all  featuring EFJ funded projects. EFJ won the best Environmental Booth in the NGO Category. Visit www.jcdt.org.jm for more information.

Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals (JIEP)

JIEP hosted their 5th Biennial Conference under the theme 'Balancing Development with Environmental Protection'  from- June 6-8, 2011 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Over 120 persons from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA were in attendance. They represented the public and private sectors as well as NGOs and academic institutions.  The Conference provided an effective forum to discuss issues related to development and environmental protection. For more information visit www.jiep.org.

Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MONAGIS)

MONAGISin collaboration with Advanced Media Productions produced the EFJ funded documentary entitled "When the Water Rises". The documentary which aired on local television stations in June, showed the threat that climate change induced sea level rise poses to the Caribbean and practical adaptation measures needed to meet the challenge. The foucs was on three countries, namely Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados.

Dudley Grant Memorial Trust (DGMT)

DGMT in collaboration with Reggae Pickney Limited produced the second book in the Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band Series. The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback CD and Storybook will be in stores August 2011. The book has an important environmental message of proper waste management in order to protect fragile marine animals. Follow Reggae Pickney of Facebook or visit www.reggaepickney.com.

DGMT also hosted their 3rd Annual Early Childhood Expo July 14-15 under the them 'Children Learn Through Play'. There were approximately 30 exhibitors featuring educational materials, play equipment, nutritional information, environmental facts all geared towards children 0-8 years.

Jamaica Environment Trust (JET)
Long standing grantee the Jamaica Environment Trust, in July successfully held their annual Jamaica Environmental Action Awards (JEAA) 2011 and the School's Environment Programme (SEP) Expo. Click here for details.