“Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

My previous post addressed the concerns of many (including local residents) about the sand mining issue in Duncans Bay, Trelawny. In response to these major concerns, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the full conditions for the granting of a permit, which the National Environment and Planning Agency had previously denied. I am sharing these conditions, … More “Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

This is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Duncans Bay has a beautiful beach that also has great environmental value. How can the Jamaican Government support climate change adaptation (and it has expressed concern several times over the impact on our coastlines) – while at the same time allowing the removal of sand from the coast? … More Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

JET’s Champion School From the Hills of Hanover Wins for the Second Consecutive Year in Schools’ Environment Programme

It was a marvellous event at the Jamaica Conference Centre earlier this week. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) held its annual Schools Environment Programme awards. The students were clearly proud of their displays, ready to explain and demonstrate. The teachers sat to one side – it was the children’s big day. There was so much to see; I … More JET’s Champion School From the Hills of Hanover Wins for the Second Consecutive Year in Schools’ Environment Programme

JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny

In its recent Big Up Wi Beach campaign, JET (and students participating in the program) have found sand mining – whether legal or illegal – to be a factor in the deterioration of some of our beaches. So why has the Minister approved a permit (originally turned down by the NRCA) for sand mining on a turtle … More JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny

Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”

“The Beach” (a generic term) occupies a special place in the heart of every Jamaican. What does The Beach mean to us? For some it means socialising – with a group of friends or family. For others, it is “fish and festival” or the equivalent, and some drinks. For the children, it is play, play, … More Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”

Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue

Much more clarity is needed on the issue of the proposed breakwater for the resort town of Negril – one of several environmental issues left hanging in mid-air by the previous administration. A very confusing media report has apparently not helped matters. Here is the Negril Chamber of Commerce’s press release dated 20th June. You … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue

Negril Chamber of Commerce: Investors Can’t Just Do As They Please at Jamaica’s Expense

Here is a press release from the Negril Chamber of Commerce regarding the collapse of the Royalton Negril hotel building. The Chamber has been following the issue of the former Grand Lido Hotel very closely and has been very active in seeking information on the project – as well as persistently advocating on several other … More Negril Chamber of Commerce: Investors Can’t Just Do As They Please at Jamaica’s Expense

All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate

The collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton Hotel in Negril in the early hours of yesterday morning raises many issues and a multitude of questions. Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has told the Hanover Parish Council to issue a 30-day stop order on the project. A three-man team of officials is investigating … More All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate

Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam

Now is the time for action! We are all gradually (finally) becoming aware of a tidal wave of plastic and styrofoam that threatens to overwhelm the island – although some of us have been writing about it for years. We have been talking about it for years, too. Recycling efforts have come and gone with … More Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam

Both Royalton Hotels in Breach of Their Environmental Permits; JET Calls on New Environmental Minister to Take Strong ENFORCEMENT ACTION

This is, again, disturbing news involving tourist developments that are already under way – in breach of Jamaica’s environmental laws. I trust that swift action will be taken. Here is the Jamaica Environment Trust’s press release. April 5, 2016 Having received reports of concerns about the construction and renovation of both Royalton Hotels (one in … More Both Royalton Hotels in Breach of Their Environmental Permits; JET Calls on New Environmental Minister to Take Strong ENFORCEMENT ACTION