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Visit Protected Areas

Negril Marine Park
Black River Morass
Royal Palm Reserve
Dolphin Head Reserve
Ocho Rios Marine Park
Cockpit Country Reserve
Port Antonio Marine Park
Montego Bay Marine Park
Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area
Portland Bight Protected Area

Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park

The Jamaica Protected Areas Trust Limited (JPAT) is a public-private initiative that seeks to protect and enhance Jamaica’s natural resources and biodiversity.  Registered in 2004, JPAT supports the effective management of the country’s protected areas by:

  • Facilitating engagement, dialogue and partnerships among non-government organizations, the Government of Jamaica, private sector entities, and other stakeholders;

  • Monitoring the administration and distribution of conservation funds;

  • Assisting in the implementation of Jamaica’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan;

  • Facilitating technical, managerial and other support to enhance resource management and fulfill obligations under international treaties, and

  • Helping to produce, market, and distribute information about protected areas.

JPAT was established out of discussions between the Governments of the United States and Jamaica, the Nature Conservancy and NGOs about the inadequate support for protected areas.  As a result, JPAT was established and a Debt Swap was negotiated between the Governments of the United States and Jamaica, facilitated by The Nature Conservancy.  JPAT is the administrator of the Forest Conservation Fund that was put in place through this Debt Swap Agreement.

JPAT is creating this web site to distribute important interactive information about the protected areas. The plan is to provide attractive and educational interactive multimedia content as well as networking and discussion opportunities. The navigation menu on these pages will provide updated "What's New" information, an exciting "Interactive Virtual Tour" where you can visit 360 degree panorama images, video and multimedia, and a "Background" page providing a wealth of information about JPAT and the history of Protected Area conservation in Jamaica.

A "Conservation Network Center" is also being developed to provide opportunities to become involved in discussion forums, educational and volunteer activities, project monitoring, public input, a reference library, and a calendar of events.

Please enjoy your visit, and help JPAT identify and protect special areas and natural resources in Jamaica.

For JPAT Information Contact:

Allison Rangolan McFarlane
Executive Director
Jamaica Protected Areas Trust/Forest Conservation Fund
Suite 201
72b Hope Road
Kingston 6
Tel: 876-927-9956


What is a protected area?

A Protected Area as defined by The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is “An area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means”. 

Protected areas in Jamaica include parks, national parks, forest reserves, and forest management areas and fish sanctuaries. Examples of some of Jamaica’s protected areas are the Negril and Montego Bay Marine Parks, Palisadoes/Port Royal Protected Area, Mason River Protected Area, Portland Bight Protected Area, and the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park.

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Last Updated:7/15/13
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