Process to define Cockpit Country boundaries started
Mining Minister Mike Henry says his ministry has started the process of defining boundaries in the Cockpit Country in order to declare areas that should be protected from bauxite mining activities.
Last year environmentalists and several St Ann residents staged protests against Noranda Bauxite who was given a license to mine within the Cockpit Country.
The groups maintained the Cockpit Country ought to remain untouched, given its ecological and historical significance.
Henry says he's already had consultations with Environment Minister Daryl Vaz and other stakeholders concerned about boundaries in the Cockpit Country.
He didn't give a timeline for when the matter will be taken to Cabinet, but he says this will happen as soon as possible.
Henry says in defining the boundaries, the government will take into account all the groups that have an interest in the Cockpit Country.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says it recently raised the issue of definitive boundaries for the Cockpit Country at a meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
JET CEO Dianne McCaulay says the prime minister declared that defining its boundaries is an important matter for his government.