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Environmental groups tackle incoming government on Goat Islands issue

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 3:59 AM

Environmental groups have already started lobbying the incoming Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government to rethink the controversial proposed development of the Goat Islands.

Various environmental groups have made a joint statement indicating that they hope the JLP government will not see them as adversaries who are obstacles to development.

However, Diana McCauley, the Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says the groups will still be lobbying for the government to rethink the proposed construction of a trans-shipment hub in the Goat Islands area.

 

Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCauley

The outgoing People’s National Party government had entered into a deal with the Chinese to develop a trans-shipment port on the Goat Islands off the coasts of Clarendon and St Catherine.

The proposed development led to a row between the government and local environmentalists who claim that the area is invaluable to Jamaica and should be protected.

However, the government was still pushing for the development, touting the trans-shipment hub as an opportunity to make Jamaica into a global logistics centre.

There were reports the proposed project would be a US$1.5 billion investment.