Only a few years after successfully resisting attempts to “develop” the Cockpit Country for bauxite mining, the Jamaican Government is apparently planning to sell off some of its most vulnerable and endemic ecosystems to Chinese developers. This plan, which would likely involve clear-cutting mangrove zones near Portland, is a horrifying idea, as it would severely damage coastal integrity and endanger species on the verge of extinction. Stunningly, this region was also declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2006. Needless to say, the development planned by Jamaica and the Chinese government will entirely undo the intent of the Convention.
Notably, the Chinese company that is behind this push has been blacklisted by the World Bank due to fraud and corruption. For shame, Jamaica. Anyone concerned about this – including non-Jamaicans – should sign this petition from Change.org.