Blue & John Crow Mountains

BJCMNP Management Programmes

The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park is managed for conservation of biological diversity and associated cultural heritage, conservation of ecosystem services such as water supply and for its recreational values. Hence under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Protected Area Categories, it is a Category II site. Management is guided by a six year management plan prepared by the site’s manager, the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) using a participatory process and approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA). The management plan follows national and international recommendations with respect to the information included and the programmes implemented.

The first Management Plan for the BJCMNP was prepared in 1993 when the National Park was first designated. The current Management Plan is for the period 2011 – 2016 and is based on an evaluation of the 2005 – 2010 Plan. In general, programme goals remain the same with specific objectives being set every five years to aid in achieving the longer term goals and over-arching goal, mission and vision for the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.

Currently, there are seven management programmes each with its own goal and objectives and strategies aimed at addressing the root causes of the threats impacting the values of the National Park.

Programmes & Strategies Root Causes of Threats Addressed
Natural Heritage Conservation
e.g. Invasive Species Control
Insufficient “Conservation on the Ground” – need to more actively protect nature
Climate Change
Cultural Heritage Preservation
e.g. Inventory of Sites and artefacts, promoting cultural heritagea
Inadequate Cultural Heritage Preservation
Limited Environmentally Sustainable Income-Generating Activities
Enforcement & Compliance
e.g. patrols, interpretive enforcement, signs
Inadequate Enforcement
Unclear Boundaries
Education & Public Involvement
e.g. skills training for local community members, school presentations
Insufficient Environmental Education
Limited Environmentally Sustainable Income-Generating Activities
Recreation & Tourism
e.g. operating Holywell and the Peak Trail/ Portland Gap; facilitating sustainable community tourism around the Park
Inadequate Resources & Management
Limited Environmentally Sustainable Income-Generating Activities
Monitoring & Evaluation
e.g. stream and photo-monitoring
Inadequate Resources & Management – need to assess and improve management effectiveness
Governance & Administration
e.g. Advisory and Co-management Committees; fundraising and financial management
Inadequate Resources & Management
Conflicting Policies between agencies and insufficient support of conservation initiatives – need to promote collaboration and coordination

Plans are being made for the preparation of a new Management Plan for the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park using a more integrated approach between the partner organisations to ensure greater clarity regarding roles and responsibility. The new Plan will be funded by the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ) under its Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Project and should be complete in 2016.

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The JCDT appreciates the involvement and support of our Partners, Donors and Sponsors

  • National Environment & Planning Agency
  • Forestry Department
  • Jamaica National Heritage Trust
  • Environmental Foundation of Jamaica
  • Forest Conservation Fund
  • Pear Tree Press
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