The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will be hosting the 4th Annual Hellshire Enviro Fair at Two Sisters Caves in Hellshire on May 26, from 9:00 a.m – 3:00p.m. The Enviro Fair is a community outreach activity aimed at encouraging environmentally friendly practices.
The Fair is held in celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity, which is celebrated on May 22nd annually. The theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is “Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation.”
Several organizations including the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Institute of Jamaica, Natural History Division and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will provide displays highlighting environmental practices. The day’s activities will also include prizes and surprises.
Students from primary, secondary and tertiary schools from Kingston and St. Catherine will be in attendance and awards will be presented to the winning schools who participated in the “2010 Hellshire Schools Enviro Competition”. This competition was held from October 2009 to May 2010. In order to participate in the competition students were required to implement environmental projects within their schools. The projects this year included activities such as vegetable planting, green house gardening, recycling, protected species education and dust reduction.
The UDC hosted its first Enviro Fair at Green Grotto Caves in St. Ann on October 11, 2006 and hosted the inaugural Hellshire Enviro Fair during May 2007.