The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is encouraging Jamaicans to plant and care for trees as one way to promote rainfall and reduce the effects of severe climatic conditions.
The call comes as Jamaica celebrates National Wood and Water Day today.
Coordinator with responsibility for Watersheds in the Ecosystems Management Branch at NEPA Lisa Kirkland, says healthy watersheds are critical to ensuring that the island continues to have sufficient potable water supply.
Lisa emphasizes that planting of native trees is one of the ways in which individuals can help to improve the island’s watersheds and so safeguard its water supply.
The activities to mark the day are being conducted in collaboration with NEPA and other state agencies, community organizations and environmental stakeholders.
They will take place in four Watershed Management Units, at Black River in St Elizabeth; Rio Grande and Spanish River in Portland and Martha Brae in Trelawny.
The activities are part of a reforestation initiative being undertaken by the Agency in support of effective watershed management under its Conservation and Protection Programme.