Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area


Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area

Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!


I described the dilemma of our non-governmental organisations (with one or two exceptions) that are scraping along in an earlier post. Our environmental NGOs are no exception. JET is the most high-profile of these I believe, due to their strenuous advocacy on behalf of our environment in the past decade or two (the NGO celebrated its 25th … More Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!

Fourteen Years Later…


I found this short article on the Internet, and thought I would share it with you. I will post an update on this week’s joint press conference of environmental NGOs and scientists on the “scoping study” of the Portland Bight Protected Area later today. Meanwhile, please note that the then Minister of Environment and Housing … More Fourteen Years Later…

An Open Letter to Minister Robert Pickersgill


In case you missed it, an edited version of this letter was printed in the “Jamaica Observer” on September 28. For more information (and daily updates on the campaign, as well as all kinds of useful and informative background material) visit the “No! to Port on Goat Island, Jamaica” Facebook page. Please, if you have … More An Open Letter to Minister Robert Pickersgill

Statement from the Jamaica Environment Trust on the port/logistics hub in Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands


In view of the many allegations being made on the above issue, JET would again like to state the organization’s position on this matter: 1)      JET is not opposed to the building of a port facility or logistics hub, or indeed any type of commercial or industrial development, anywhere in Jamaica.  We are not opposed to development; … More Statement from the Jamaica Environment Trust on the port/logistics hub in Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands

It’s “Build, build, build”: August 25, 2013


It’s been a busy week for me, and there is a lot more to come! After welcome rains, the air is softer and our garden awaits the return of our “winter visitors” – the tiny, beautiful migratory birds that arrive in September. Are you on your way, Mr. & Mrs. American Redstart? Chinese “development”: I have … More It’s “Build, build, build”: August 25, 2013