Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

Another important event tomorrow: the opening of consultations in Kingston on an assessment of Jamaica’s food systems – in other words, agricultural production and output. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. You can watch the opening ceremony on the PIOJ’s Facebook page tomorrow (Tuesday, … More Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

The Commonwealth Foundation Sees Gender and Climate Change Through a Caribbean Lens

The discussions were frank and open. As Jamaica Environment Trust’s Executive Director Suzanne Stanley put it, the Commonwealth Foundation’s Second Conversation on “Exploring the Intersection Between Gender and Climate Change in the Caribbean” was “diverse, lively, sometimes even heated!” The discussion was a partnership with the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) at United … More The Commonwealth Foundation Sees Gender and Climate Change Through a Caribbean Lens

Over 34,000 Jamaicans Petition Prime Minister Andrew Holness: Save Cockpit Country

Stunning news, as the petition on the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) website has taken off in a big way in the past week or so. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) team has collected a large number of “hard copy” signatures, on top of the NOW over 20,000 online signatures, in support of the … More Over 34,000 Jamaicans Petition Prime Minister Andrew Holness: Save Cockpit Country

Are You Going to the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo? On Now!

All roads lead to the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, where the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo is taking place today (Friday, June 16) and tomorrow (Saturday 17th). Why don’t you go along and get up to date on the latest developments? The technology is evolving all the time. Here’s a press release from the Canadian High Commission. … More Are You Going to the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo? On Now!

International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica

The UN International Day of Forests (March 21) has only been around since 2012; but the Forestry Department of Jamaica has been very busy since long before that “official day” was established. In the past few weeks, the Department has been very much focused on a series of public consultations on its Draft National Forest … More International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica

Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project

I am a little late in sharing this September 19, 2016 press release from our friends at the United Nations Environment Programme – Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) about a very important project that opened very  recently (on September 20-21) in Kingston. Topics such as International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management are of … More Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project

International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration

Just a couple of months ago, over 220 delegates from 33 countries descended on Kingston, Jamaica for the BirdsCaribbean 20th International Meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel. It was an exciting five days, with one day in the middle for field trips. Since then, time has flown past and International Migratory Bird Day is here. … More International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration

“Serena” by Ron Rash: Book Review (soon to be released as a film)

A few years back I read this novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the review I wrote at the time. I also just learned that “Serena” has been made into a film, directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier and starring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role, with Bradley Cooper as George Pemberton. I thought it … More “Serena” by Ron Rash: Book Review (soon to be released as a film)

Cockpit Country communities call for area to be closed to mining

This is an August 11 press release from the Jamaica Environment Trust. More than seventy residents from Cockpit Country (Elderslie, Niagara, Mocho, Maroon Town, Flagstaff and Point) attended a community meeting on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Elderslie, St. Elizabeth to discuss the controversial issue of bauxite mining in Cockpit Country. Following a series of public … More Cockpit Country communities call for area to be closed to mining