In 2017, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) developed a simple guidebook for Jamaican beach communities - Big Up Wi Beach - An Introduction to Better Beach Management for Jamaican Communities. The guidebook features a colourful, reader-friendly, overview of the beach environment and good beach stewardship, including beach features, beach conservation, the impacts of climate change, and the laws and regulations that govern beaches in Jamaica.
An illustration from Big Up Wi Beach - An Introduction to Better Beach Management for Jamaican Communities
The guidebook was developed during JET’s workshops with beach communities under its Better Beaches for Jamaicans (BBFJ) Project Phase I (2016-2017), which was funded by the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation. Workshop content delivered to Alligator Pond, Manchester; Duncans Bay Community Beach, Trelawny; and Winnifred Beach, Portland was compiled into the guidebook which was reviewed by marine conservation experts at the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) before publishing in June 2017. The first print of the guidebook was distributed at a BBFJ information exchange in June 2017, which brought together seven community groups managing their local beaches. There was an overwhelming appreciation for the manual given its simple language and illustrations which makes it a useful tool for effective community beach management. Since then, the guidebook has also been distributed online and in hard copy to 50 Jamaican primary schools through JET’s flagship environmental education initiative, the Schools’ Environment Programme.
Better Beaches for Jamaicans Phase I trained three community groups managing their local beaches
An electronic copy of the Beach Manual can be found here. BBFJ Phase II (2018-2021) will continue to be guided by the publication as JET expands our community beach network and beach conservation public education campaign. For further information on this project please contact the Jamaica Environment Trust at 876-960-3693 or email@example.com