Development of a port in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) will cause irreversible damage to Jamaica's unique biodiversity there. The area was designated legally protected to safeguard its form, as it is home to several endemic species.
The study which is being suggested will show nothing that isn't already known about the PBPA. That information was collected to set the boundaries of the area in the first place and has been assessed and monitored by many different organisations since.
A campaign group has been formed to champion the protection of this area against the proposed project, called NO! to the Port on Goat Islands/PBPA, Jamaica.
It is our sincere hope that you will do everything in your power to stop the development of this project in any protected area.
Please note that, while we are against the development of this project in protected areas, we are not against its development in general. We are very aware that Jamaica needs sustainable economic growth. We support and encourage that. We feel the only way to get onto that path is by first investing in the people of Jamaica, empowering them to set a course towards economic stability through education, jobs, training, and Government-funded renewable-energy projects. These types of projects will not only lessen the carbon footprint, but also reduce the country's dependency on fuel imported to create energy. Such projects would put in motion a sustainable jobs programme and help to grow the economy over time.
In reviewing Jamaica's policy of inviting investment into the country we have found that, the vast majority of the time, the investments, while at times substantial, too often fall short of the promise of prosperity for the Jamaican people, and are often outside the control of the Government due to the concessions that are made to get the investment in the first place. Also, the practice of borrowing to finance other loans has created a never-ending cycle of debt. The environment cannot become a casualty as well.
Our campaign support numbers to date are:
Petitions Signed: 2,852
Website members: 545
We come from a mix of backgrounds -- engineers, zoologists, herpetologists, economists, doctors, biologists, law students, environmentalists, actors, concerned citizens of Jamaica (both local and living abroad), as well as other concerned people from all over the world.
Please use your office to help us stop the destruction, Minister Pickersgill.
Steven G Smith
NO! to Port on Goat Island/PBPA, Jamaica