The Cockpit Country issue: a prospecting licence in Jamaica’s Maroon Lands?

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Cockpit Country is under threat, as never before. Here is another development, which needs some clarification and explanation. Jamaica Environment Trust shared their new concerns, today.

JET calls on the Government to honor its commitments not to mine Cockpit Country

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is dismayed that after the Prime Minister’s announcement in 2017 of a boundary for the Cockpit Country Protected Area (CCPA) and his promise to close the area to mining, the Mines and Geology Division (MGD) has now announced a new Special Exclusive Prospecting Licencewhich at several points falls within the boundary of the CCPA and includes land belonging to the Accompong Maroons(Figure 1 and 2).

When Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement on November 21, 2017, he explicitly said that bauxite mining would not be allowed within the CCPA boundary. He also stated that if any existing Special Mining Leases (SMLs) and…

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