ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition

I would like us to go back to quiet, low key life on our island, where nothing much happens. The past week has not been in the least quiet or low-key. Crime and COVID-19 are running along hand in hand and picking up speed; and the Prime Minister seems to be busy with something else. … More ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition

What a week. After the relative peace and quiet of the holidays (apart from an intrusively loud motorbike rider – we need to do something about the “enhanced” mufflers they put on their bikes) we were thrown straight into 2021 with a great deal of agonizing over “back to school” (a dilemma shared by other … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

I get the feeling that Jamaicans are anxious to get to the Christmas holidays, so that we can clear our heads and try to get over this horrible year. The past week has been filled with dramas, sadness, and some sweetness and light. The weather continues to be quite deliciously soothing. I am looking forward … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

The long-awaited public consultations on the Special Mining Lease 173 in Cockpit Country, held virtually on December 8, have been called many things over the past couple of weeks: Jamaica Environment Trust described the proceedings as a “sham.” I would say it made a mockery of what should have been a proper airing of the … More A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

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

Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons

Three Jamaican short films are on the agenda of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, which opens in Toronto on September 5. The two I have reviewed below will be screened on September 19, along with The Incursion (which I will review separately) and Kaneal Gayle’s film Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, a short documentary which you will find reviewed elsewhere. Kinto … More Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons

Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area

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

Environmental NGOs Need Funds: Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust

I’m quite sure that many Jamaicans think non-governmental organisations (NGOs) exist on thin air. They do not. In fact, they exist by stretching their dollars as far as they can go – and then stretching them some more. Quite often, NGO workers are volunteers or semi-volunteers. Quite often, the heads of NGOs dip into their … More Environmental NGOs Need Funds: Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust

JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area

Here is a very important perspective on managing projected areas from the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) – manager of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Looking forward also, we have hopes that the Cockpit Country, which the Prime Minister declared a Protected Area earlier this week, … More JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area