Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?


Today (July 26) is World Mangrove Day. What does this mean for Jamaica? Regrettably, the average Jamaican might regard mangrove areas as dirty, smelly, somewhat scary places (scary because endangered American Crocodiles live there) – and riddled with mosquitoes. What possible benefits could they bring to the island? Personally, I find wetland areas in Jamaica … More Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?

JCDT Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site


A small ceremony took place on Friday, July 3 at Holywell, in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am not sure how many people realize what an achievement it was to have the site recognized for both its … More JCDT Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site

Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?


Yesterday (June 16), a report by the excellent environmental reporter and Associate Editor of the Jamaica Observer Kimone Thompson appeared in the newspaper with the headline “Government wants to lease Holywell land.” The article did not mention the name of the government minister, who reportedly wished to lease a piece of land in the Blue and John … More Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?


A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?

JET Responds to NRCA’s Comments on its Schools’ Environment Programme


An article by Kimone Thompson (one of the small group of excellent environmental reporters we have in Jamaica) in today’s Jamaica Observer (June 20) has raised several issues regarding the Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) Schools Environment Programme (SEP). Inexplicably, the article is not available online. I am quoting from the article here: SEP’s annual budget hovers … More JET Responds to NRCA’s Comments on its Schools’ Environment Programme

Jamaica Environment Trust’s Bittersweet 20th Anniversary for Schools’ Environment Programme


After twenty years of the Schools Environment Programme (SEP), Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has to close the programme down as funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) has been withdrawn. I had already shared some information in a previous post about the financial challenges JET has been facing, and their needs in order to … More Jamaica Environment Trust’s Bittersweet 20th Anniversary for Schools’ Environment Programme

Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET


 So, once again, the good citizens of Kingston are suffering from a fire near the Riverton City dump (not landfill). This is, of course, not the first time. There was the major tyre fire in 2014, and another fire in 2015. I wrote about the problem of air pollution in Jamaica just recently. Now, another tyre … More Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET

JET to Honour Teachers as it Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Schools’ Environment Programme


I can hardly think of anything more important than environmental education, especially in these treacherous times. Now the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating the 20th anniversary (can it really be so long?) of its Schools’ Environment Programme (SEP), which I consider to be a model programme of its kind. I have written about the … More JET to Honour Teachers as it Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Schools’ Environment Programme

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