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

Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica

If you have been reading my blog for the past three years, you will know that literally hundreds of conservation organizations (at home and overseas) and thousands of individuals supported the Jamaica Environment Trust’s Save Goat Islands campaign to rescue this beautiful and unique area from development as a transshipment port. In a couple of blog posts, … More Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica

Jamaica Environment Trust Welcomes News About Goat Islands Hub

For me personally, this is probably the biggest and best news of the year! Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the following to Diana McCaulay, the CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust from the Town Hall meeting he was holding in Queens, New York. Here is JET’s press release of September 23, welcoming the … More Jamaica Environment Trust Welcomes News About Goat Islands Hub

The PNP Does a Wobbly, Marlon James Makes a Killing, and What Color Are Mosquitoes? Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The last few days have been surprising, and interesting. One of the pleasant surprises was that we are celebrating the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize, Marlon James. A bit of good news here and there can’t do any harm; God knows, we need it. Positive energy news: There is good news from … More The PNP Does a Wobbly, Marlon James Makes a Killing, and What Color Are Mosquitoes? Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Athletic Distractions, Living in Sewage and the Mysteries of the Hub: Sunday, August 23, 2015

A small and rather weak tropical storm named Danny is trundling its way into the Caribbean. We might get some rain, and we do need more – much more, to ease the drought. But Kingstonians generally seem less miserable than they did last week (or perhaps it’s just me, as I am feeling better physically … More Athletic Distractions, Living in Sewage and the Mysteries of the Hub: Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

We have had an amazing two weeks with family, exploring various corners of the island, eating too much jerk chicken and drinking too many sodas, while dandling our small grandson on our knees. It has been quite a long break, and I won’t attempt to go back over the past two weeks or more; I … More Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

Government of Jamaica Again Blocks Information on Goat Islands Transshipment Port Project in Protected Area

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 11, 2014 KINGSTON, JAMAICA GOVERNMENT ISSUES ANOTHER CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION TO PREVENT RELEASE OF INFORMATION ON GOAT ISLANDS TRANSSHIPMENT PORT PROJECT The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has learned that the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, the Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, has issued a new Certificate of Exemption to exempt … More Government of Jamaica Again Blocks Information on Goat Islands Transshipment Port Project in Protected Area

Come and Share Your Thoughts on Threatened Goat Islands

Do you have questions about the proposed transshipment port, which threatens the Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands? Would you like an update on what is happening? Would you like to hear more about the new study from the Conservation Strategy Fund on possible alternatives to Goat Islands? The Jamaica Environment Trust and the … More Come and Share Your Thoughts on Threatened Goat Islands

“Having Your Goat and Eating it Too”

Does there really have to be a trade-off on Goat Islands? A trade-off, that is, between the environment and development – an idea that has often characterized the conversation on the proposed transshipment port on Goat Islands, in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA). In this particular case, does it have to be one or the other? … More “Having Your Goat and Eating it Too”