Jamaican Conservationist Honored as Biodiversity ‘Hotspot Hero’ by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

What better news on International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) than this wonderful award for Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director of the Clarendon-based Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), in the Portland Bight Protected Area. If you scroll back through my blog, you will see several articles about the work of C-CAM and the amazingly beautiful and … More Jamaican Conservationist Honored as Biodiversity ‘Hotspot Hero’ by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Goat Islands To Become a Wildlife Sanctuary for Endemic and Endangered Species: A Wonderful Win for Jamaica

This is really a Christmas gift from the Government for all those (including myself!) who campaigned for years for Goat Islands to be rescued from the threat of a transhipment port. I remember my heart sinking when former Transport Minister Omar Davies stood in Parliament and referred dismissively to “two likkle lizards.” The Government’s application for the … More Goat Islands To Become a Wildlife Sanctuary for Endemic and Endangered Species: A Wonderful Win for Jamaica

Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica

If you have been reading my blog for the past three years, you will know that literally hundreds of conservation organizations (at home and overseas) and thousands of individuals supported the Jamaica Environment Trust’s Save Goat Islands campaign to rescue this beautiful and unique area from development as a transshipment port. In a couple of blog posts, … More Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica

Of Water…and Iguanas

Next week is World Water Day – March 22, 2016. The theme from the UN is “Water and Jobs.” I will have to learn more about this, but you can read about it here: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/ For a small developing country like Jamaica (and for the entire region) water is becoming an increasingly complex issue, and World … More Of Water…and Iguanas

New Choreographer Needed, A Bad Habit, and Artificial Recharge is In: Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July to all my readers in the United States!  I hope you are enjoying the holiday and that the results of the barbecue have been good, so far. For us in Jamaica, the rain dancing is on in earnest, although I think we need to find a new choreographer; it’s not working. … More New Choreographer Needed, A Bad Habit, and Artificial Recharge is In: Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Short Tribute to The Likkle Lizard

I was inspired to share these photographs with you, my dear readers. As you are no doubt aware, Goat Islands in the Portland Bight Protected Area remains threatened by a mega-port, which the Jamaican Government wants China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to build in this beautiful area on Jamaica’s south coast, consisting of pristine mangroves … More A Short Tribute to The Likkle Lizard

Jamaica Selling Out Its Paradise: CNN Op-Ed by Wendy Townsend

I am reposting this article from CNN’s website. Please share it widely. You can find it online at http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/02/opinion/townsend-jamaica-iguana/ Editor’s note: Wendy Townsend writes for children and young adults, and she and her family raise lizards as pets. Her third novel, “Blue Iguana,” has just been released by namelos. The opinions in this commentary are solely … More Jamaica Selling Out Its Paradise: CNN Op-Ed by Wendy Townsend

More Supporters Every Day: Save Goat Islands

When I last posted an update about support for the campaign to save the Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands, I noted, “The Jamaican Government remains alarmingly silent on the matter.” Nothing much has changed. We now hear remarks by Government officials that the proposed transshipment port, to be built by China Harbour Engineering Company, is on track … More More Supporters Every Day: Save Goat Islands