JET Presents “Red Dirt: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica”

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) will hold a virtual public forum to present the findings of RED DIRT: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina industry in Jamaica. The study was conducted by eight experts in their respective fields and covers an in depth look at the costs and benefits of this important industry.

The forum is scheduled for Thursday January 14, 2021 between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm (Jamaican time, which is the same as Eastern Standard Time currently) and will be broadcast on the JET Facebook and YouTube pages, through which the public may submit their questions and comments.

During a stakeholder meeting with civil society groups and Cockpit Country community leaders, held in September 2019, it was determined that there were insufficient studies done on the impact of the bauxite-alumina industry in Jamaica. JET began engaging economists, sociologists, conservation scientists, and public health experts to interrogate six aspects of the bauxite-alumina industry. These were: its history; regulatory framework; impacts on public health, society and the natural environment; and its social costs or externalities. 

The public forum will feature the main findings of this study along with a question and answer session with the authors of the study, moderated by Dionne Jackson Miller. JET will present the main findings of the study, including short messages from the authors, and a question and answer session open to the public.  

For more information contact:
Jamaica Environment Trust
123 Constant Spring Road, Unit 5,
Kingston 8, Jamaica
t| (876) 960-3693 or (876) 869-8318

The bauxite red mud lake at the JISCO Alpart Jamaica bauxite plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth. (My photo)

6 thoughts on “JET Presents “Red Dirt: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica”

  1. There should be absolutely no bauxite mining in the cockpit country period, this would be a devastating action, not only to the watershed ,but also to the endemic fauna and wildlife and most of all the environment impact caustic material on the surrounding forestry and community !


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