This is a reminder… Note, the Jamaican Slider Turtle is a freshwater turtle (Trachemys terrapin) found only in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning members of the public, who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season, to be careful not to buy protected species. … More Do Not Buy Protected Species as Christmas Gifts!
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
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
It’s been a rainswept, slightly upside-down week or two, since I last wrote. Christmas seems a stone’s throw away, and in the short intervals between rain showers it has been rather pleasant. But oh, the dramas on our dramatic little island continue… Agriculture: I wish our Agriculture Minister wasn’t so full of bluster. Now he has … More “Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017
Our coral reefs are amazing, precious ecosystems. But in the face of all the ongoing conservation challenges, how can we do a better job of monitoring the health of our reefs, while continuing to raise awareness of their tremendous value to the region? This workshop will address some of these issues at the Port Royal Marine … More Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Holds Regional Training Workshop at Port Royal Marine Laboratory
Today (July 26) is UNESCO’s International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. In other words, it’s World Mangrove Day! UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova notes: Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves … More A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26
Well, I skipped last weekend. I was out of town, attending a wedding that only happened in fits and starts. I might write an account of it; it truly was an experience. The good thing is I have started journaling (thanks to Susan Goffe!) so I might remember things in more interesting detail in future. … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 15/16, 2017