“Keep fighting the good fight”: On World Ranger Day, a message from a Jamaican Blue Mountains National Park Ranger

You would not believe how much work goes on in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These beautiful mountains encircle the (not so beautiful) capital city of Kingston, Jamaica – my home. Sometimes wrapped in shawls of cloud, sometimes blurry with rain, sometimes bright and clean … More “Keep fighting the good fight”: On World Ranger Day, a message from a Jamaican Blue Mountains National Park Ranger

Soon Come

Happy World Wildlife Day! You may be wondering why I have gone so quiet on this platform. No, I am not going through any personal crisis. Just plain busy! I will soon be back on track, with a lot to catch up on. I haven’t even had a chance to update readers on the COVID-19 … More Soon Come

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

JCDT Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site

A small ceremony took place on Friday, July 3 at Holywell, in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am not sure how many people realize what an achievement it was to have the site recognized for both its … More JCDT Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site

Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

Yesterday (June 16), a report by the excellent environmental reporter and Associate Editor of the Jamaica Observer Kimone Thompson appeared in the newspaper with the headline “Government wants to lease Holywell land.” The article did not mention the name of the government minister, who reportedly wished to lease a piece of land in the Blue and John … More Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?

Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?

Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice

I did mention to a few online friends that there was some good news contained in Minister Daryl Vaz’s speech at the launch of the Green Expo on May 22 – International Biodiversity Day – which I described in my last post. “Good news?” chorused the cynical Facebookers. “Really? Tell us!” Well yes – I … More Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice

New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains

It is wonderful to hear about two major research programmes that have started up in the Upper Rio Grande Valley in Portland, a part of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – thanks to generous donors. Both the species under investigation are extremely vulnerable, for differing reasons. Fundamentally, though, they are threatened by … More New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains