Jamaica Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.)

Jamaica Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.)Traditionally, mangroves have been harvested in Jamaica for charcoal production and to make fishing gear. Large areas have been cleared for development of houses, hotels, and agriculture. According to a study conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (2005), 30% of Jamaica’s mangroves have been lost.

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A student answers questions on her activity worksheet while on a field trip to a mangrove forest.

In order to restore and educate Jamaicans about this important ecosystem, we have partnered with the University of the West IndiesDiscovery Bay Marine Laboratory to develop and implement the Jamaican Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.). The J.A.M.I.N. Program is a hands-on outdoor education program that teaches students about the mangrove ecosystem. In October 2014, the pilot project was launched near Falmouth, Jamaica in two high schools. In 2016 the program expanded to include a year 2 program, bringing students back to the mangrove forest to monitor and manage the mangrove ecosystem. The program is currently being implemented in Falmouth at William Knibb High School and Marcus Garvey High School in St. Ann’s.

William Knibb student stands next to the mangrove propagules to show the scale.
William Knibb student stands next to the mangrove propagules to show the scale.

We hope to inspire students to learn about, protect, and conserve their mangroves. Other classrooms and schools have expressed interest in J.A.M.I.N. and we hope to be able to expand to include them soon.

For more information, check out this blog, written during the first session of J.A.M.I.N.

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