Dolphin Head Local Forest Management Committee and Co-operative Society

  • Group Name: Dolphin Head Local Forest Management Committee and Co-operative Society
  • Project Name: Dolphin Head Local Forest Management Committee and Co-operative Society
  • Type of Venture: Corporative Society
  • Sponsors:
  • Start Date: July 2007

Description of Project:

Description of Venture: The Local Forest Committee for Kingsvale began in July 2007 when the Local Forestry Department came into the community and aided in its establishment. The group benefited from the assistance of a Peace Corp volunteer that was assigned to the community. This volunteer assisted with providing guidance in the area of Forestry Conservation and Agriculture. Training was undertaken with the group in the areas of project proposal writing and project management; a proposal was later developed and funds were eventually accessed to start an Eco-Trail & Botanical Garden. Subsequently, the group has added a Bee Farming Project, a Green House Project and Ornamental Fishing Project to its operations in order to diversify its revenue stream, thus, ensuring the viability and sustainability of the overall venture. Income is now mainly being generated from the production of honey and agricultural produce. The group was recently registered as a Co-operative Society in the year (2014).  In recent times the group has also incorporated an Ornamental Fishing Economic Project.

Aim of the Venture:

To preserve and protect the forest and to create livelihood for surrounding communities.

Objectives:

  • To replant all the destroyed forest area
  • To create livelihood for community persons
  • To create an Eco Tourism Park

Our Vision:

Transforming our place of existence into a safe haven for the next generation.

Our Mission:

To encourage community partnerships so as to improve environmental awareness, livelihood development, reforestation, agro-forestry, eco-friendly activities and organic production through training and research to create a self-sustained community.

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Project Data
Currently Employs 2 Persons
Business Plan Yes
Project Value $17,000,000

Needs

• Increased marketing
• Increased employment

Challenges

Membership (to motivate persons to come out and support the initiative)

Contacts

Collette Grant
846-7534

Norma Stennett
364-6699
* Data was compiled from socio-economic survey conducted by SDC, 2009. A comprehensive community profile of Rose Heights Community can be obtained at the St. James 1 Albion Road, Montego Bay, St. James.