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

“Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017


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

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Holds Regional Training Workshop at Port Royal Marine Laboratory


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

A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26


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

“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?