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During 2009/2010 the Department embarked on two (2) major projects which included the initiation of the process to establish three (3) Biosphere Reserves in Ocho Rios, Portland Bight and Caymanas Estate. The second initiative was

Ocho Rios Bay Beach, St. Ann

undertaking the pre-requisites to apply for Blue Flag Certification for three (3) of its beaches Long Bay 1, Ocho Rios Bay Beach and Bluefield’s Beach.

In addition the Department continued its outreach and environmental education programme which included commemoration of important environmental events, namely World Wetlands Day (February 2, 2010), International Biodiversity Day (May 22, 2009) and National Tree Planting Day (October 2, 2009), and included the launch of the 2009/2010 Hellshire Schools Environment Competition.

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ANNUAL REPORT 2009 - 2010

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