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The Portland Bight Protected Area

Created in 1999 by Jamaica's Government under the National Resources Conservation Act (NRCA), the PBPA exists to protect a large marine and terrestrial area of the island.

Strictly speaking, Portland Bight refers only to the body of water between Portland Ridge and Hellshire Hills.The PBPA is much larger, however, enclosing 1,876 sq km of coastal land and sea, and including nearby cays such as Little Goat Island. The PBPA is home to birds, iguanas, crocodiles, manatees, marine turtles, and fish, many of which are endemic to the area.

How we manage the PBPA

Activities

Data Collection

pbpa-data-icon.pngKnowledge gained from our baseline studies is used in the development of programmes for tackling identified issues. Later studies are used to gauge the effectiveness of these programmes once they are implemented, and to inform the development of new programmes.

Co-management

pbpa-comanage-icon.pngStakeholders, who include business operators, fishermen, landowners and residents of local communities, are organized into co-management councils which, along with government agencies and other NGOs, help us in the planning and implementation process.

Outreach

pbpa-outreach-icon.pngCommunity outreach forms a large part of our solution strategy. Our programmes introduce those living and working in the PBPA to more effective and sustainable ways of utilizing its natural resources, which serves to improve the quality of their lives while preserving the natural environment.

Enforcement

pbpa-enforce-icon.pngOur partnerships with statutory bodies and security forces ensure strict adherence to the laws and regulations governing the PBPA.

Sustainable Development in the PBPA

Resources that address the topic of Sustainable Development in Portland Bight

Agriculture Disaster Risk Management Plan- Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine

The Food and Agriculture Organization and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation have partnered to develop Disaster Risk Management Plans for two communities in the Portland Bight Protected Area.

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Agriculture Disaster Risk Management Plan- Rocky Point, Clarendon

The Food and Agriculture Organization and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation have partnered to develop Disaster Risk Management Plans for two communities in the Portland Bight Protected Area.

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Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation Action Plan (final draft)

This report will form the last of the deliverables of a consultancy awarded by the Caribbean Coastal Areas Management Foundation (C-CAM) to the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM). It is an Action plan that integrates climate change adaptation and mitigation into management of the Portland Bight Protected Area. The Action Plan was developed in part from review of literature and an assessment of gaps identified in socio-economic surveys done (CSGM, 2013a and b) of the area. The Action Plan primarily addresses gaps in the draft Management plan for the PBPA (CCAMF 2013) which were identified by the recently concluded climate change risk assessment (CSGM, 2013c) of the area. The Action Plan includes as annexes one page concept notes for projects that could be developed and undertaken to address issues raised and to successfully carry out actions proposed in the report.

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Climate Change Risk Assessment Report: Portland Bight Protected Area

This report will form one of five deliverables of a consultancy awarded by the Caribbean Coastal Areas Management Foundation (C-CAM) to the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM). It is an assessment of the physical and socio-economic vulnerabilities of the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) due to climate threats. The analysis was carried out through reviews of existing relevant literature, limited analysis of climate variables for the region and surveys conducted among some residents of the PBPA.

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Conservation Strategy Fund - Technical Study - Economic comparison of alternatives to building a port on Goat Islands

“JAMAICA CAN HAVE ITS GOAT AND EAT IT!” So said Aaron Bruner, Senior Economist at Conservation Strategy Fund at a meeting at the Courtleigh Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica on 28th October 2014. He was reporting on the recently completed cost effectiveness study of alternative sites for the proposed China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) transshipment port and logistics hub. Following the on-going controversy about CHEC’s proposal to locate the port at the Goat Islands, the study posed the question of whether it would be economically and environmentally feasible to use another site. The results were an emphatic “Yes”. An international firm of port engineers - Niras-Fraenkel Ltd - found that a port at least one site - Macarry Bay in southern Clarendon - would be more than $200 million dollars cheaper to build than an equivalent port at the Goat Islands. CSF’s analysis showed that locating the port at Macarry Bay would also have a much lower environmental cost. The overall recommendation was that given the size of the investment and the extent of the potential environmental impacts, further studies are needed before further commitments are made to construction at Goat Islands. The study was funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund through a grant to Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation.

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CSF Port Study

“Our Study shows that building this port on Goat Island is not the best choice either environmentally or financially,”

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Climate Change and the PBPA

Resources that address the issue of Climate Change and the Portland Bight Protected Area

A Bight Without A Boat

Having signed an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in December 2010 to manage three fish sanctuaries within Portland Bight, Jamaica's largest environmental conservation area, the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation is still not equipped to carry out its mandate effectively.

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Agriculture Disaster Risk Management Plan- Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine

The Food and Agriculture Organization and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation have partnered to develop Disaster Risk Management Plans for two communities in the Portland Bight Protected Area.

Read More…

Agriculture Disaster Risk Management Plan- Rocky Point, Clarendon

The Food and Agriculture Organization and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation have partnered to develop Disaster Risk Management Plans for two communities in the Portland Bight Protected Area.

Read More…

Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation Action Plan (final draft)

This report will form the last of the deliverables of a consultancy awarded by the Caribbean Coastal Areas Management Foundation (C-CAM) to the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM). It is an Action plan that integrates climate change adaptation and mitigation into management of the Portland Bight Protected Area. The Action Plan was developed in part from review of literature and an assessment of gaps identified in socio-economic surveys done (CSGM, 2013a and b) of the area. The Action Plan primarily addresses gaps in the draft Management plan for the PBPA (CCAMF 2013) which were identified by the recently concluded climate change risk assessment (CSGM, 2013c) of the area. The Action Plan includes as annexes one page concept notes for projects that could be developed and undertaken to address issues raised and to successfully carry out actions proposed in the report.

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Climate Change and the PBPA

Resources that address the issue of Climate Change and the Portland Bight Protected Area

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