Coffee News from the Blue Mountains


Last year we had a memorable trip up into the Yallahs-Hope Watershed with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). As part of the project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), farmers are trained in Field Schools in sustainable land management. There is also a push towards agro-forestry, which … More Coffee News from the Blue Mountains

“No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas


It is a little late to inform you about this particular event – but the message must go out, anyway. First thing tomorrow morning (Friday, February 16, 8:00 a.m.), in Papine Square, St. Andrew, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will host an “Anti-burning Road Show,” in partnership with the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Forestry Department, Rural … More “No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas

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

Do Not Buy Protected Species as Christmas Gifts!


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!

Goat Islands To Become a Wildlife Sanctuary for Endemic and Endangered Species: A Wonderful Win for Jamaica


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

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