I am happy to be here in Hellshire today for the UDC’s 7th annual Hellshire Enviro Fair. This year is a special one for the UDC as we celebrate our 45th anniversary and are pleased to be collaborating with the national environment and planning agency (NEPA), through a project called “mitigating the threat of invasive alien species in the insular Caribbean”. You will hear more about this throughout the day.
SPEACKING NOTES - MR. DESMOND MALCOLM, GENERAL MANAGER (URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)
We are here today to celebrate the historic achievements of the green grotto caves as it is the first tourist attraction in the history of Jamaica to receive platinum certification, representing 10 years of continuous certification with Earthcheck. The attraction received this certification in April 2012 valid until March 2013. Efforts are now underway to conduct a re-certification exercise.
SPEAKING NOTES - DESMOND MALCOLM, GENERAL MANAGER (URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)
I am pleased to be here this morning to celebrate the work of the UDC not just here in Hellshire, but all the way to old harbour bay, through this latest collaborative effort between the corporation, NEPA and our international partners.
We at the UDC consider ourselves to be partners in development with the communities within our designated areas. We believe that collaboration is integral to the success of our work and mission.
SPEAKING NOTES - DESMOND YOUNG, ACTING GENERAL MANAGER (URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)
I am happy to be here in Hellshire today for the corporation’s 6th annual Hellshire Enviro Fair.
How many of the young people here understand the importance of a clean, fresh and green environment?
Without a healthy environment people and animals will get sick, our rivers polluted and the temperature will only get hotter. You are already experiencing the heat and summer has not yet arrived.
SPEAKING NOTES - LENWORTH TRACEY, DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CORPORATE RELATIONS)
The Urban Development Corporation is pleased to collaborate with the port authority in presenting four wave runners to the Jamaica Constabulary force today.
Our contribution of these additional jet skis, comes closely on the heels of the donation of two other jet skis in December 2010 to the JCF, for the enhanced monitoring of the Ocho Rios coastline, especially as it relates to the Dunn’s river falls and park area, managed by the UDC.