Jamaica Environment Trust

Development Alert!

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and The Access Initiative (TAI) created Development Alert!, an interactive website that provides easy-to-understand information about proposed developments in Jamaica and their environmental impacts. Using a mobile-friendly GIS platform, we populated a map of Jamaica with projects such as highways, housing projects, hotel developments, energy projects, water abstraction, forest removal, […]

Strengthening the Capacity of Jamaican Communities to protect their Environmental Rights

Between 2013 and 2016 this project engaged communities near to mining and quarrying activities in Bull Bay, St. Andrew, Hayes and New Town in Clarendon, Nine Miles in St. Ann and communities facing potential mining in Cockpit Country, Trelawny to strengthen their ability to protect their environmental rights. Funded by the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), communities were trained […]

Building the Capacity of Civil Society to shape Public Policy Reform in the Caribbean to Protect Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Between 2013 and 2015 this project strengthened the ability of citizens to advocate for improved environmental governance and decision-making in key biodiversity areas and conservation corridors in Jamaica, including Cockpit Country, the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA), the North Coast Forest and the Black River Morass. Under the project the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and […]

Better Beaches for Jamaicans (BBFJ)

Jamaica has 86 public bathing beaches, which are designated for the use and enjoyment of the Jamaican people under law and are governed by beach licenses. They are also important sources of livelihoods for Jamaicans, affording communities opportunities for income generation via cook shops, water sports, and other recreational activities. Some public beaches are designated […]

Jamaicans for Clean Air and Water (JCAW)

Many Jamaican communities are affected by poor air and water quality from a variety of sources including mining, quarrying, other industrial activities and discharges, and open burning. Air and water quality data is not proactively disclosed to the public by government agencies and the health standards used by regulators to assess the quality of air […]

Advancing the Protection of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country

On November 21, 2017, Jamaican Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Andrew Holness announced the designated Cockpit Country Protected Area (CCPA) boundary in Parliament. In his announcement, Prime Minister Holness said the area would comprise of approximately 74,726 hectares and will include existing forest reserves, significant hydrological and ecological features and cultural and heritage sites. Prime […]