Posted by: nept | March 15, 2010

The Negril Great Morass Fire Emergency and Re-Hydration Plans Meeting a HUGE Success!!

A large turnout at the meeting

Dr. Lewis presents the details of the Fire Emergency and Re-Hydration plans for the Negril Great Morass

Last Thursday (March 11, 2010) nearly all of the major stakeholders in Negril met to discuss the newly proposed Fire Emergency Plan and Great Morass Re-Hydration Plan.  The plans were created and presented by Dr. Robin Lewis of Lewis Environmental Consultants and highlighted the need to control the degradation of the morass.  There were over 50 people in attendance and the groups represented included:

  1. NEPT (Negril area Environmental Protection Trust)
  2. LES (Lewis Environmental Services Inc.)
  3. NCRPS (National Coral Reef Protection Society)
  4. Jamaica Fire Brigade
  5. JHTA (Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association)
  6. Seawind Hotel
  7. JDF (Jamaica Defense Force)
  8. Sea Sand Eco Villas
  9. Couples Negril
  10. Couples Swept Away
  11. National Land Agency
  12. USPC (United States Peace Corps)
  13. Charela Inn
  14. Environmental Foundation of Jamaica
  15. Kool Runnings Water Park
  16. Rockhouse Hotel and Restaurant
  17. Crystal Waters Hotel
  18. Blue Cave LTD
  19. West End Cluster
  20. UDC (Urban Development Corporation)
  21. NCB (National Commercial Bank)
  22. Reefs Consultants
  23. Sea Splash Hotel
  24. Traveller’s Beach Resort
  25. NEET (Negril Education Environment Trust)
  26. ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management)
  27. Merril’s Beach Resorts
  28. CVM tv
  29. Negril Recycling Center
  30. Negril Chamber of Commerce
  31. NGIALPA  (Negril Green Island Area Local Planning Authority)
  32. SDC (Social Development Corporation)
  33. Western Regional Health Authority
  34. NLA (National Landa Agency

The Fire Emergency Plan stressed the importance of enforcing the local laws that are already in place.  Additionally, the presentation focused on creating proper and extensive GSI maps for the Negril Great Morass to record the locations of the fires and constructing “fire watch towers” to aid with plotting the location of fires in the morass and to help local authorities locate the fires.  All the fires must be put out no matter how large or small.

This plan then segued to the Negril Great Morass Re-Hydration plan which included using GSI maps to locate the spots that are the driest or are most prone to fires and focus our preliminary attention there.  The plan outlined a few different strategies for achieving re-hydration.  However, the plan recognized the fact that more research needs to be done and that a pilot program is needed before a large scale re-hydration can take place.  Many of the organizations in attendance have pledged their support to NEPT in moving forward with implementing these plans for Negril.

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