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.
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.