Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier


On February 8 I saw a lovely tweet from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, regarding a floating cruise ship pier to be installed at Port Royal. It was accompanied by a video… Port Royal’s SeaWalk floating pier system is ready! Here’s a video from the manufacturer, showing it in operation at their dock. It is currently … More Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier

One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country


There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery


Cockpit Country is fragile. It remains under threat from bauxite mining, which is pressing around the edges of the declared Cockpit Country Protected Area. Just a month ago, I noted in my news summary: “I fear that, while the “ground-truthing” of Cockpit Country continues (the measuring, step by step, of the boundaries) there will be … More Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

Barbican Square Roadworks: An Example of Government Disregard for People’s Safety


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Whether or not the construction going on in Barbican Square will bring the promised benefits is not the subject of this blog post. What I want to consider is whether the situation I saw last week Thursday night and Friday afternoon is indicative of government that values…

A Setback for Members of the Latin American/Caribbean Public at Principle 10 Negotiations


“We risk losing faith in the process.” So said Elected Representative of the Public, Jamaica’s Danielle Andrade-Goffe on Day Two of the ongoing Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean in Argentina (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration … More A Setback for Members of the Latin American/Caribbean Public at Principle 10 Negotiations

LAC Principle 10: Governments Must Take Attacks on Environmental Defenders Seriously, Says Regional Civil Society


Environmental justice, and the human rights context of land rights and environmental defenders has been a huge issue – especially in our hemisphere – for some years now. Sadly though, it has not been given a very high profile in the media. I should have already written on this topic – and still plan to … More LAC Principle 10: Governments Must Take Attacks on Environmental Defenders Seriously, Says Regional Civil Society

Our Environment, Our Voices: A Regional Video Contest


If you are a video buff and/or care about the environment, why don’t you try entering this competition? This is a partnership among the Regional Environmental Center (REC), the Italian Government and the LAC P10 – the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. Principle 10 – … More Our Environment, Our Voices: A Regional Video Contest