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Pickersgill calls for better use of Jamaica's forest resources

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2015 | 10:16 AM
Robert Pickersgill says the challenge of achieving a balance between economic development and environmental preservation has led to the current situation, where only 40 per cent of the island is covered with forests.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill is calling for a more sustainable use of the country’s forest resources.

He says Jamaica’s forest resources have been negatively affected by the activities of individuals and corporations.

The activities he points out include mining and quarrying for ore, housing and other forms of development and agriculture.

In a message delivered by Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel Oral Khan, at the official national tree day planting ceremony and project at the St Andrew Technical High School, yesterday, Pickersgill said the unregulated cutting of trees for these activities can lead to widespread soil erosion.

He also says it can lead to siltation of rivers, and result in less water entering and recharging the aquifers.   

He says while there must be development, it cannot be at the expense of the natural environment, as this benefits no one. 

Pickersgill says the challenge of achieving a balance between economic development and environmental preservation has led to the current situation, where only 40 per cent of the island is covered with forests.