Stakeholders Want Cockpit Country Boundaries Expanded

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Stakeholders of the Cockpit Country are again calling on the government to expand the borders of the protected area. 

Yesterday several residents of Albert Town, Trelawny protested plans to allow mining in areas outside the borders of the Cockpit country. 

Executive Director of the Southern Trelawny Environmental Agency, STEA, Hugh Dixon, organised the protest. 

He notes that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that no mining will be allowed in the areas of the Cockpit Country designated as protected areas. 

Hugh Dixon, Executive Director of the Southern Trelawny Environmental Agency.

In the meantime, President and Founder of Countrystyle Community Tourism Network, Diana McIntyre-Pike, is expressing concerns about the impact of mining on the area’s tourism and the health of residents. 

She says even Maroon chiefs protested. 

And Executive Director of The Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, Susanne Stanley, is also calling for the boundaries to be expanded. 

Susan Stanley, Executive Director of The Jamaica Environment Trust.

They were speaking last evening on Nationwide @5. 



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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