What better news on International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) than this wonderful award for Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director of the Clarendon-based Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), in the Portland Bight Protected Area. If you scroll back through my blog, you will see several articles about the work of C-CAM and the amazingly beautiful and … More Jamaican Conservationist Honored as Biodiversity ‘Hotspot Hero’ by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Tourism advertisements really do get ridiculous sometimes. I had to laugh when recently I read that a certain recording studio/eco-cabin spot in Portland, Jamaica was being described as situated in a “remote jungle.” What! This place is literally one minute’s drive off the main road. I suppose if one closed one’s eyes, one could imagine … More Are We in the Wrong Jungle Again?
Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017
The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim is optimistic. “We are living at our best moment in history,” he tells the group of diplomats, conservationists, technocrats and press people. We are gathered in a hallway, in between clean and shiny but empty offices. I note the well-polished desks, reflecting a soft evening … More The UN in Jamaica: Under One Roof
Apart from bouts of insomnia (is it the heavy, humid weather?) all is well. Our old dog has been taking refuge in our back verandah on a daily basis as thunder rumbles around (bringing little rain). It’s been an interesting week in journalism, actually – and lawyers have been very busy! I very much enjoyed … More The Holness House Revisited, Trafigura Looms and Zika Updates: Jamaica on Friday, June 3, 2016
The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) issued a short press release today, expressing its shock at Monday night’s withdrawal of the Minister of Environment’s stop order for the removal of sand from a property in Negril to a new hotel development in St. Ann. Executive Director of Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCaulay observed that Minister … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?
I am quickly copying this from the “Gleaner” newspaper. You may find the article at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160125/govt-lifts-order-barring-sand-removal-negril-property So now we know. The “economy” (that is, foreign investment) “outweighs all other consideration” and is clearly far more important than the environment… says the Environment Minister. And “the material belongs to the developer.” Interesting that our own beaches – our … More Surprise, Surprise: Environment Minister Withdraws Stop Order on the Removal of Sand From Negril
Here’s a follow-up on the difficult and confusing situation that unfolded this week regarding the removal of sand from Rutland Point in Negril. 60,000 cubic metres of sand, to be precise, to be used at a mega-development in Llandovery, St. Ann. The clay and peat that covered it was reportedly “dumped.” Isn’t it amazing how careless … More Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France is well under way now, and I have been picking up numerous articles that are of interest and relevant to the Caribbean on social media. It’s a little difficult to sort out – and almost impossible to know what is happening in terms of the day-to-day … More The Caribbean at #COP21: A Few Gleanings from the Frontlines and At Home
Our yard seems to be creeping back to life with the arrival of a few rain showers, recently. We are grateful. Politics and Prickly Pole: The death of a child – a student of the quaintly named Prickly Pole Primary and Infant School – has sparked an odd chain of events and a heated, highly … More Prickly Pole Politics, “Special Guests” and Horsing Around in Negril: Thursday, September 24, 2015