Jamaica - Blue and John Crow Mountains

"The forests of the BJCMNP Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park are:- • The last of two known habitats of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio homerus) - the largest butterfly in the Western Hemisphere • Important habitat for many Jamaican birds, including all the endemic species such as the endangered Jamaican Blackbird (Neospar nigerrimus) and winter habitat for many migratory birds • A refuge for Jamaican wildlife including the Jamaican Boa (Epicrates subflavus) and the Jamaican Hutia (Geocapromys brownii) • Home to numerous endemic orchids, bromeliads, fern and other plants (including many on the IUCN Red List) • Essential for absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen - cleansing the air and reducing global warming • Necessary for conserving the highly erodible soil of the area - preventing soil erosion and landslides • Vital for providing water - the Park supplies over 40% of the population of Jamaica with domestic water, in addition to water for agricultural, industrial and commercial usage • A component of the socio-cultural traditions of the Maroons and rural Jamaican communities. These traditions include food, craft, language, music and dance, are all highlighted at Misty Bliss - an annual festival at Holywell - the Park's main recreation area." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage 

Blue and John Crow Mountains inscribed as Jamaica's first UNESCO World Heritage in July, 2015. Hills of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica with a 50th Anniversary of the Birth of Bob Marley stamp sheet used. Thanks to PJ of New York, USA who visited Jamaica.

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