PM Hasn’t Gone Far Enough In Protecting Cockpit Country, Activists Say


Board Chair of the Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, Diana McCaulay, is also raising concerns about communities that are not included within the prescribed boundaries of the protected area.

She also wants serious sanctions for entities that breach the State policy and mine in the Cockpit Country.

Environmentalist, Peter Espeut, says the Andrew Holness administration did not go far enough in its bid to protect the Cockpit country.

He says the erecting of the first permanent monument in Tyre, Troy in Trelawny yesterday as part of ground truthing activities in the Cockpit Country, wasn’t necessarily a victory for the environment. 

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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