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Jamaica's long trek to UNESCO glory

"At the moment, it hasn't quite sunk in yet. It all seems very surreal. This has just been such a long time in coming," Dr Susan Otuokon, executive director of the Jamaica Conservation Development Trust (JCDT), told The Gleaner via email from Bonn, Germany, on Friday. She was responding to the announcement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park had finally been added to its world heritage list.

For Dr Otuokon, a member of the Jamaican contingent participating in the 39th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, which runs until Wednesday, it was a very personally gratifying and long overdue honour. Through the JCDT, which co-manages the park, she has been actively involved in the push for this global recognition, a process that began more than 10 years ago.


Jamaica’s first world heritage site

Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains inscribed to UNESCO’s Prestigious World Heritage List

July 3, 2015 is a Historic day for Jamaica and Jamaican people as our renowned Blue and John Crow Mountains was inscribed to UNESCO’s Prestigious World Heritage List. This is Jamaica’s first world heritage site.

Today the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee during its 39th session taking place in Bonn, Germany announced the inscription of the Blue and John Crow Mountains to the World Heritage List. The inscription represents the first World Heritage site for Jamaica and the first mixed (cultural and natural) site for the Caribbean sub-region. It is one of only 32 mixed sites.


Mona Reservoir Lap-a-thon for the Blue Mountains


Mona Reservoir Lap-a-thon for the Blue Mountains

A joint project of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) and National Water Commission (NWC)


The “Mona Reservoir Lap-a-thon for the Blue Mountains” is an awareness and fund-raising event to be held at the Mona Reservoir, Great House Road (off Mona Road) Kingston 7 on Saturday, 21st March, 2015 in celebration of World Water Day. The event will take place between 6:30am and 10:30am with the official section (for which prizes will be given) starting at 7:00am with a prize-giving ceremony at 8:30am. Participants will register to walk, jog or run around the Reservoir to earn contributions which will be donated to the JCDT (a registered charity) for its Endowment Fund to support management of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP) into the future.


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