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

Happy Summer Solstice


Tonight is the Summer Solstice. It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the time when the Earth is tilted most closely to the Sun (23.4 degrees, to be precise). At the same time, it is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, where everything is the other way round. The … More Happy Summer Solstice

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?

What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?


Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?

World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage


Thursday, April 18, 2019 is UNESCO World Heritage Day. This year, appropriately, it will focus on heritage rural sites. I will share a few photos that I have taken in a gallery tomorrow – including photos I took of one of UNESCO’s Top Five World Heritage Sites – in Sri Lanka, which is deep in … More World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage

New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains


It is wonderful to hear about two major research programmes that have started up in the Upper Rio Grande Valley in Portland, a part of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – thanks to generous donors. Both the species under investigation are extremely vulnerable, for differing reasons. Fundamentally, though, they are threatened by … More New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains

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

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary on International Mountain Day


December 11 was International Mountain Day. I would like to write more about the importance of mountains (every day I look up at them from our city), and this year’s theme is quite interesting. Meanwhile, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – Jamaica’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site – will celebrate its 25th Anniversary … More Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary on International Mountain Day

JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area


Here is a very important perspective on managing projected areas from the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) – manager of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Looking forward also, we have hopes that the Cockpit Country, which the Prime Minister declared a Protected Area earlier this week, … More JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area