The Goat Islands Debate: ‘There is none so blind as those who will not see’

Green Seeds

I take the opportunity to use this space to share a letter shared with Jamaican newspapers from the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation’s Ingrid Parchment on the Goat Islands and their value — beyond what may be immediately evident, or not so evident, to the naked eye.

It comes even as debate rages over whether the development of a transshipment port should be allowed at the islands which are located inside a protected area — the Portland Bight Protected Area, also a key biodiversity area as identified in the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s (CEPF’s) Ecosystem Profile: Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot.

It has been fascinating to me, the experience of how relentless and vocal civil society actors — influenced by key stakeholders, such as the Jamaica Environment Trust and C-CAM, as well as enablers such as my very own NGO Panos Caribbean through its communication project supported by the CEPF…

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