Portland Bight Protected Area Management Plan

The PBPA is the largest protected area in Jamaica (Figure 1). It includes regionally important examples of dry forest on limestone, and nationally important areas of coral reef, mangrove wetland and seagrass. It provides habitat for at least 20 globally threatened species (Appendix 1) and has been identified as one of the most important areas for biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean region (CEPF 2010). It is also one of the most threatened protected areas in Jamaica (Hayman 2007). 

The management plan is designed to provide guidance for the collaborative management of the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) by the partners and stakeholders. It was prepared by the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) supported by a team of the major stakeholders using the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) guidelines (NRCA 1998). Funding was provided by Forest Conservation Fund (FCF) through the project “Participatory planning for the Portland Bight Protected Area”

Funding Source(s)

Forest Conservation Fund

Executing Body


Areas Affected

Portland Bight, St. Catherine, Clarendon