Communities Step Up to Help Save Jamaica’s Forests

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Caribbean 360 reports that the Environment Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has been turning to communities throughout the island to get a strong movement going in an effort to conserve the island’s forests:

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 31.1 percent or about 337,000 hectares of Jamaica is forested. Of this, 26.1 percent or 88,000 is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest. But between 1990 and 2010, Jamaica lost an average of 400 hectares or 0.12 percent of forest per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Jamaica lost 2.3 percent of its forest cover, or around 8,000 hectares.

Deforestation is a crucial factor in global climate change which results from a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide are released to the atmosphere due to deforestation, mainly the…

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