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Jamaica to host UNESCO World Heritage Youth Camp

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The managers of Jamaica's World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, will be hosting volunteers from the UNESCO World Heritage Youth Action Camp from September 11-22, 2017.

Participants from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Guyana and Jamaica will spend ten days learning about the natural and cultural heritage of the national park, according to a statement from the park managers.

The World Heritage Youth Action Camp is part of UNESCO's World Heritage Education Programme, which aims to increase awareness, knowledge and skills among young adults about World Heritage management. The initiative, which began in 2008, encourages youth to play an active role in preserving and promoting World Heritage Sites.

Just over 1000 locations around the world have been designated World Heritage Sites because of their universal value to the global community.

Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains is the first and only mixed heritage site in the Caribbean and is recognised for both the biodiversity of its natural heritage and the unique culture of the Windward Maroons.

The Jamaica leg of the World Heritage Youth Camp will see participants contributing to the implementation of the management plan of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, designing exhibits and activities for visitors to the park's recreational sites and sharing their experiences online with audiences in their home countries.

The orientation programme for the volunteers includes museum tours, immersion trips with the Windward Maroon Communities and conservation fieldwork, including invasive species control and tree planting. The campers will also hike to Jamaica's highest point, the Blue Mountain Peak.

The Ministry of Tourism, in Jamaica in recognition of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism, and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport are sponsoring the World Heritage Youth Camp.

The camp has also received support from Old Tavern Coffee and Frenchman's Cove.

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