As I have noted recently, government representatives – one in particular who seems to be the chief propaganda man for the proposed transshipment port on Goat Islands – have led tame private sector representatives and media on 2 occasions to the area to try to prove there is “nothing there.” I am sharing this blog which includes a letter from the organization that, for years, has worked on the ground with local communities to create sustainable living in harmony with the environment, and the preservation of what STILL is a Protected Area (so designated by the Jamaican Government).
I take the opportunity to use this space to share a letter shared with Jamaican newspapers from the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation’s Ingrid Parchment on the Goat Islands and their value — beyond what may be immediately evident, or not so evident, to the naked eye.
It comes even as debate rages over whether the development of a transshipment port should be allowed at the islands which are located inside a protected area — the Portland Bight Protected Area, also a key biodiversity area as identified in the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s (CEPF’s) Ecosystem Profile: Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot.
It has been fascinating to me, the experience of how relentless and vocal civil society actors — influenced by key stakeholders, such as the Jamaica Environment Trust and C-CAM, as well as enablers such as my very own NGO Panos Caribbean through its communication project supported by the CEPF…
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8 thoughts on “The Goat Islands Debate: ‘There is none so blind as those who will not see’”
Thanks for this, Emma! It is amazing how blind people can be to the importance of protecting the environment!
Yes. They have their blinkers on. They see only what they want to see.
you ride tall and valiant in the fight to preserve your island country, and my friend debbie at isla ometepe in nicaragua (retirenicaragua,wordpress) does the same.. she joins others who are trying to prevent the dragon of a new canal from desecrating their unique corner of the world. internet is too slow to pull up her posts, but i salute you both for standing up against the dragons…
cheering via emai reply from the inbox, lisa/z
Thanks Z! Yes, Petchary! Fight the good fight!
Thank you! As the revolutionaries used to say, “A luta continua!” 🙂
Thank you so much for your encouragement, Z! I so appreciate it. Thank you also for sharing information on your friend and her fight to prevent the new Chinese-built canal in Nicaragua. I know a bit about this and found it quite disturbing. Our struggle is similar. I will definitely get in touch. Please give my love to Ecuador!
women unite and form a strong world-wide front… it’s comforting to know that we’re not alone as we stand tall against life’s dragons.
Absolutely! Those dragons are out there, and we need to buckle on our swords and get to work! Thank you SO much for your support…