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

A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country


Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made his long-awaited Statement in Parliament on the boundaries of the Cockpit Country. There are mixed reactions this evening. The Jamaica Environment Trust has noted that the new boundary agreed on by Cabinet represents 67 per cent of the proposed Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group boundary, which was the widest one. However…the … More A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country

JET Says: Please Respond to the Cockpit Country Petition, Mr. Prime Minister!


It is now the end of October. Please see the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) press release, reminding Mr. Holness. It seems that the just-concluded by-election campaign distracted him… For further information on Cockpit Country, please visit https://savecockpitcountry.org   JET CALLS ON THE PRIME MINISTER TO RESPOND TO THE COCKPIT COUNTRY PETITION Following the successful collection of over … More JET Says: Please Respond to the Cockpit Country Petition, Mr. Prime Minister!