Cham­pi­ons for build­ing re­silience to cli­mate change

LI­ONS CLUB OF MONA

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE -

OVER THE past cen­tury, the Earth has been warm­ing and its av­er­age tem­per­a­ture has risen by 1.5¡F over the past cen­tury, and is pro­jected to rise an­other 0.5 to 8.6¡F over the next hun­dred years. Small changes in the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of the planet can trans­late to large and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous shifts in cli­mate and weather. The ris­ing global tem­per­a­tures have been ac­com­pa­nied by changes in weather and cli­mate. Many places have seen changes in rain­fall, re­sult­ing in more floods, droughts, or in­tense rain, as well as more fre­quent and se­vere heat waves and se­vere weather events.

There are many strate­gies and new in­no­va­tions which will be re­quired to han­dle the im­pact of cli­mate change on hu­man ex­is­tence and devel­op­ment. Re­for­esta­tion is one such strat­egy which has been fully em­braced by the club. The im­por­tance of our forests and find­ing ways to de­crease de­for­esta­tion has been at the fore­front of cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion efforts.

PLAY­ING ITS PART

The Li­ons Club of Mona, in part­ner­ship with the Forestry De­part­ment and through the sup­port of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­tion of Ja­maica and for­est com­mu­ni­ties, has been play­ing its part. In 2003, the Li­ons Club of Mona em­barked on a jour­ney that would see them mak­ing

an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to pre­serv­ing and con­serv­ing Ja­maica’s nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. Since that time, through their projects grants amount­ing to ap­prox­i­mately $35 mil­lion, the club has re­for­esta­tion and main­tained 25 hectares in Cin­chona, the Yal­lahs Wa­ter­shed and 52 hectares in the Blue Moun­tain For­est

Re­serve. Cur­rently, the club is un­der­tak­ing a three-year pro­ject, ‘Sup­port­ing Sus­tain­able For­est Man­age­ment and Cli­mate Change Mit­i­ga­tion through Re­for­esta­tion and For­est Re­search in the Blue and John Crow Moun­tain For­est Re­serve’, through which an­other 35 hectares of for­est re­serve will go into pro­duc­tion.

Club mem­bers at the Wal­len­ford Sil­ver Hill For­est Re­serve.

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