On October 3, 2019, the National and Planning Agency (NEPA) Sharon O'Connor Documentation Centre hosted its annual CSEC Seminar at the Jamaica Conference Centre. This year marked the fourth staging and saw over 300 students from 19 high schools from central and eastern Jamaica attending. The topic areas covered were Deforestation, Air Quality, Water Quality and Coastal Degradation. In addition, there were presentation by the Jamaica Observer on their Online CSEC-CAPE Study Guide, NEPA on the information and data resources available through the agency and tips for successful School Based Assessment (SBA) preparation. Dr. Thera Edwards of the Dept. of Geography and Geology (DoGG), UWI-Mona Campus delivered a presentation on Deforestation. The presentation provided an overview of how forests are defined, the types of forests found in Jamaica and an explanation of deforestation. The presentation further analysed Deforestation using the DPSIR (Drivers, Pressures, State, Impacts and Response) framework. The links between deforestation and ecosystem services, climate change, biodiversity and development were discussed in greater detail. The Cockpit Country boundary debate was used as a small case study of the multiple issues surrounding forests. The presentation closed with an overview and introduction to the map and aerial photograph resources held in the DoGG that are available to support school based assessments.
Published on 04 Oct, 2019