IDB plants 700 trees 

Wednesday, May 07, 2014    

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THE Mount Prospect area of the Wag Water Watershed in west rural St Andrew is all the richer for the contributions of the members of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Family Association who planted 700 trees there last Saturday.

They put in Blue Mahoe, Bitter Damsel and South African Yacca seedlings over 1.5 acres.

Over 50 team members worked in teams of four for the project

The Association, whose members are active and retired employees of the IDB, provides support for families in the process of arrival and adaptation in countries of residence and through volunteer social and cultural activities, provides opportunities for meeting, interaction and cooperation.

Donna Williams, president of the IDB Jamaica Family Association, explained that the organisation collaborates with local agencies "to make a difference where possible".

The tree planting was hosted in association with the Forestry Department whose forest rangers prepared the area in Mount Prospect.

Therese Turner Jones, country manager of the IDB, said that "the day was not just about planting trees but also about taking care of the environment."

She said that "the Forestry Department deserves commendations for what they achieve as their work can be virtually counter cultural since many people do not think enough about the forests and preserving it."

She added, "the IDB is committed to integration" in the countries in which it serves and thanked the members of the Family Association for their support of the tree planting day.

The IDB Jamaica Family Association has previously collaborated with several local groups on projects including the refurbishing and painting of a school in the Kingston inner-city community of Olympic Way and a cultural day showcasing cuisine and culture of the many nationalities represented at the IDB.

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