Urgent statement re: mining-related activities in SML173 – Cockpit Country, Jamaica

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The lobby group Freedom Imaginaries is raising the alarm. Please read their statement below carefully.

This morning I attended a conference which provided valuable updates on the Kingston Harbour Ecosystem Adaptation Measures Project (KHEAM). This impressive project, spearheaded by the GraceKennedy Foundation, embraces several partners and is ensuring full community involvement and buy-in. I met Dwight Singh, a young man from one of the downtown communities close to Barnes Gully, which flows into the Harbour. He has been trained as a Mangrove Warden. I will write more about this later.

The keynote speaker at the KHEAM conference was Minister of Information Robert Morgan. The Minister began by talking about the harbour project, and then moved on to the topic which, he emphasised, he was really interested in discussing: the Cockpit Country Protected Area. He spoke for about half an hour on the topic, bringing maps of the different boundaries with…

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