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Cockpit boundaries for Parliament soon, says PM

Thursday, November 09, 2017

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Cockpit boundary definition is being finalised and will be brought to Parliament shortly.

“At Cabinet, we had a special session where we went through and looked at the boundaries and we are hoping that we will be able to bring to this Parliament (shortly) —the final boundaries as settled by the Cabinet of Jamaica, and hopefully will be settled here in Parliament as well,” the prime minister said in the House of Representatives on November 7.

In September, the Jamaica House Petition Portal registered a petition from an environmental organisation urging the Government to legally establish the boundaries of the Cockpit Country. The Government had committed to providing a response within 30 days.

However, a release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated that given consultation with the environmental community, as well as their concerns regarding the draft boundaries, the Government has set a revised timeline to give an official response.

The Cockpit Country is a hilly and dense area with limestone denudations in southern Trelawny. Spilling over into the adjacent parishes of St Elizabeth and parts of St James, the area has the highest diversity of plants and animals anywhere on the island. It is a gold mine for birdwatchers, plant lovers and scientists.

Numerous endemic species have thrived in the rugged environment of the Cockpit Country, flourishing in the springs, caves and the general environment.

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