No trans shipping Port Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica
  • Petitioning Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, et al

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Government of Jamaica
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, et al

No trans shipping Port Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica

    1. Steven Smith
    2. Petition by

      Steven Smith

      Oceanside, CA

There is a situation brewing in Jamaica where state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company wants to build a massive shipping port. The Government already set aside the Portland Bight Protected Area, the Goat Islands area and surrounding waters for the endangered species. The Jamaican government did an about face and now the area is being considered for development of this huge port.

Hellshire Hills, Jamaica is the last remaining home of the critically endangered Jamaican Iguana. The PBPA is a cultural heritage site, being once the home of the Taino Tribe, that at one time inhabited much of the south coast of Jamaica encluding Old Harbour, and around the Goat Islands in the Portland Bight Protected Area.

I'm asking for your support to help save this species along with the 58 other critically endangered and 77 endangered species of plant and animal in the region,(20 of these species are in the PBPA), along with the cultural heritage of the Portland Bight.


Recent signatures


    1. Goatilla Sept. 2013

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      JET sponsored trip to Goat Islands. Well worth watching & sharing with others.


      A tour around the Goat Islands in the Portland Bight, Jamaica.

    2. Recovery Program Jamaican Iguana Relese

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Great news from International Iguana Foundation. Keep up the good work, you have our support.

      Timeline Photos - International Iguana Foundation | Facebook

      Another 29 Jamaican iguanas were released in the Hellshire Hills on March 12, bringing the total number to 255 since 1996. A team from the Fort Worth,...

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Call to return Bioshpere status to PBPA

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      It is time to turn up the heat on Minister Pickersgill. He is responsible for incorporating & enacting the climate change policies of the GOJ. This development of the PBPA goes against every policy that the GOJ has adopted in order to help mitigate damages and the affects of climate change.

      Contact Minister Robert Pickersgill and let him know you want the biosphere status returned to the PBPA.

      Toll Free Number: 1 888 429 5500
      Telephone: 1 876 927 9941 - 3
      Fax: 1 876 968 8229
      Address: C/O Office of the Prime Minister
      1 Devon Road
      Kingston 10

    5. Coal Fire Plant for PBPA

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      As part of the announcement yesterday Mr. Davies outlined some of the infrastructure that would be needed in the PBPA for the hub. A CHEC owned and operated Coal Fired energy plant was on the list. Mr. Davies went on to do a sales pitch of all the positive benefits the development would bring to Jamaica.
      He set out to dispel some of the misinformation surrounding the project. One which was that it was reported that the sale had already gone through, naming the time, place and amount of this sale. We had someone post that information on the Face Book page and widely rejected it because there was no creditable information to back the claim. We saw it as planted information in hopes of us taking the bait and running with it. We didn't bite.
      We see 3 main issues that have emerged:
      1) Environmental
      2) Cultural Heritage (PBPA was home to Taino tribes)
      3) Human Rights (under the Freedom & Rights charter amended to the Constitution 2012).

      Statement to Parliament on Portland Bight

      Photo by: JIS Photographer Mr. Speaker, Today I am providing an update on the Portland Bight/Goat Islands Project.

    6. PBPA Taino Tribe region of Jamaica

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      The Taino Tribe people inhabited some 200 villages along the south coast of Jamaica, primarily around the PBPA. There have been artifacts as well as cave paintings found in the area. The Taino people where master carvers & potters, living mostly off of the sea, but had been known to have voiceless dogs as not only pets but hunting companions.

      The PBPA while it has had some archeological research done, it has not had any larger scale research done to determine exact locations of areas of cultural importance, making the PBPA not only important for the rich biodiversity it contains but the cultural heritage it contains.

      Our hope in pointing this out is to not only enlighten you, but to let the GOJ know the full the importance of the PBPA and why it must remain protected.

    7. GOJ requests deferral of biosphere designation of PBPA

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      In a last minute move and without any public hearings or warnings the Government of Jamaica asked the UN to not designate the Portland Bight Protected Area as a biosphere at this time. This came on the heels of the PBPA having the application accepted for the biosphere just last month. The UNESCO application process took some 8 plus years and involved several levels of the government & NGO's as well as other stakeholders of the PBPA. We all see this as a move to clear a major hurdle in going forward with the transshipping hub in the PBPA.

      We will continue to press the GOJ for the detailed agreement made with CHEC/China on the port project. We will also be fighting to have the area designated a biosphere.

      We urge you to write the Jamaica Observer or Gleaner or write to the UNESCO requesting that the PBPA biosphere application be accepted and the area designated as such.

      Jamaica environmentalists angered as Gov't pulls back on recognition for protected area

      (Jamaica Gleaner) Environmentalists are up in arms over the Government's decision to defer Jamaica's application to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the Portland Bight Protected Area to be declared a biosphere reserve.

    8. Happy New Year.

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      As we start the new year I wish to thank everyone that has signed the petition and supported our efforts to save the Goat Islands/PBPA from this massive development.
      What we can expect in the new year is increased awareness, as well as a vigorous campaign to stop this from moving forward. We can also expect that there will be some pushing back. We can win this by increasing our numbers and supporting Jamaica Environment Trust with funding to fight the legal battle to save the Goat Islands/PBPA, Jamaica

      On behalf of the species of the PBPA
      Thank You for your continued support.

    9. From the International Iguana Foundation

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Please help support the effort to save this species & donate. Remember by saving this species we can save many more, plants, marine life, birds and more.
      Save one, save many!

      On behalf of the species of the PBPA
      Thank You

      Hope For Jamaican Iguanas

      Background For the past twenty years the Jamaican Iguana has fought back from the brink of extinction and made a remarkable recovery, becoming one of the world's best known conservation success stories.

    10. Jamaica's first Biosphere Reserve soon to be declared in PBPA

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer
    11. New video short!

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      From JET (Jamaica Environment Trust)

      Don't Mess With Goat Islands

      "Don't Mess With Goat Islands" had its origins in a comment made by the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies. In early September 2013 Minister Davies referred to 'two likkle lizaad' as not reason enough to derail the plan to put a large transhipment port in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) near to the Goat Islands.

    12. Official Save Goat Islands T-Shirt

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Order you official T-Shirt today!
      Support the local effort to save the Goat Islands.
      (shipping now available to the USA from Jamaica Environment Trust)

      Save Goat Islands

      The official t-shirt of the Save Goat Islands campaign At 25 shirts sold, this Booster will raise $120 for Jamaica Environment Trust's Save Goat Islands Campaign. The official t-shirt of the Save Goat Islands campaign In 2013 the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) announced Portland Bight Protected Area including the Goat Islands as the proposed site for a transshipment port.

    13. 4000 signitures! & Special Thanks

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      I would like to take this time to acknowledge everyone at ISG & IIF for their endless effort to save iguana's all over the world, and for the hard work they did while in Kingston at this years ISG meeting. It was to be a celebration of 20 years of success of the Jamaican Iguana Recovery Program, but turned into having to switch gears to respond to the threat of a hub being built in the PBPA.

      The response of those that worked on the report to set the facts straight on the scoping study are right on target and point out how deeply flawed the scoping study is. I commend you all for the hard work in pulling this together and the factual information it contains.

      To you & all of our supporters:
      On behalf of the species of the Portland Bight Protected Area/ Goat Islands, Jamaica,
      THANK YOU.

      Keep the Faith, Be the Voice, Enact the Change.

      Environmental Threat in Jamaica

      Jamaica's largest protected area, the Portland Bight Protected Area, is under threat of intense development. This area is globally recognized as one of the last and greatest remaining examples of tropical dry forest; a habitat that is among the world's most threatened ecosystems. WE NEED YOUR LETTERS!

    14. Reached 4,000 signatures
    15. We Will Not Give Up!

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Last week members of the IUCN, ISG (Iguana Specialty Group) IIF (International Iguana Foundation) met in Kingston Jamaica to discuss the Jamaican Iguana head start recovery program. The link below covers the meeting, and more importantly publishes an open letter to the Government of Jamaica urging them to not develop the Goat Islands/PBPA as it would be in violation of 6 international conventions.

      'We will not give up!'

      Environment Herpetologists still banking on Goat Islands MEMBERS of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Iguana Specialist Group (ISG), which met in the island last week, are resolute that they will not abandon hope that Goat Islands will be the final habitat for the Jamaican iguana.

    16. Jamaican Program Marks 20 Years of Success, Faces Worries about next 20

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer
    17. Preliminary Study doesn't look good for PBPA

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      This is the report. Please read it.

      The Port Authority Of Jamaica

      Cabinet and Parliament have been advised of the fact that an investment proposal has been submitted to the Government of Jamaica by a Chinese investor, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), to establish a transhipment port and an industrial and commercial economic zone on the Goat Islands and the lands to the North of the islands in the Old Harbour Bay area.

    18. Port refuses to release MOU

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      published 10/29/13

      Port Authority refuses to release MOU on logistics hub, says JET

      Latest News KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) Tuesday said that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has refused to divulge information on the proposed construction of a logistics hub at Goat Islands despite requests through the Access to Information Act (ATI).

    19. Update to Parliament on the Environmental Scoping of the Portland Bight Are

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Update to Parliament on the Environmental Scoping of the Portland Bight Area

      STATEMENT TO UPDATE PARLIAMENT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SCOPING OF THE PORTLAND BIGHT AREA, INCLUSIVE OF THE GOAT ISLANDS By Dr. the Hon Omar Davies, MP Minister of Transport, Works & Housing INTRODUCTION Mr Speaker, you will recall that when I last addressed this Honourable House on September 10 th of this year, I indicated that China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) had submitted an investment proposal to the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) for the development of a transshipment port and an industrial and commercial economic zone.

    20. The Story of the Jamaican Iguana: Rediscovery and Recovery

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      This was made in 2008. I urge all of you to view this short video and share it with others. We can not let the story of the Jamaican Iguana end with reckless development of it's habitat.

      The Story of the Jamaican Iguana: Rediscovery and Recovery

      Uploaded by Allison Alberts on 2013-03-13.

    21. Portland Bight Protected Area

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Watch this amazing video of the importance of the PBPA. The "Desktop Study" is out and we are awaiting it's release to the public.

      Portland Bight

      On Earth Day (April 22) 1999 the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) was created by the Jamaican government; the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation, an NGO whose staff have been collaborating with the NRCA and working in the area since 1993, assisted with technical advice and organizing community support

    22. Goat Islands Aerail

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Thank You Dronemaica & JET for sharing this with us.

      Goat Island Jamaica Aerial Video

      This is an aerial FPV video of the Little and Great Goat Island, St. Catherine Jamaica. Travelling from Old Harbour Bay Jamaica by Boat. Hope you enjoy, Please subscribe, Like and Share.

    23. Theme Song

      Steven Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Sing It & Share it!

      Don't Mess With Goat Islands by Jamaica Environment Trust

      Lyrics: Inilek Wilmot Vocals: Quecee Music and Production: Jeremy Ashbourne Lyrics: Two likkle lizzad, happy as can be, Then came a politician an' lik him out di tree fi Goat island A dem waan we Goat Island, woay an' mi seh two likkle fishey swimming in sea, Along came a bigger ship an' lik him off di reef of Goat Island, Don't mess with Goat Island, No


    Reasons for signing

      • about 13 hours ago

      Beautiful jamaica needs our protection

    • shavon hutchinson KINGSTON, JAMAICA
      • 1 day ago

      The environment needs to be protected ,after doing research on the proposed logistics hub i realise the environmental impact faaaaaaar outweighs whatever economic benefit the country will have ;simply put the ENVIRONMENT is MORE IMPORTANT.

    • patricia joseph MIAMI, FL
      • 4 days ago

      Natural areas are for protecting important ecosystems, not for building infrastructure and destroying the area in the process.

    • Ruben B INDIA
      • 5 days ago

      We have only 1 planet!!

    • Kate Flick NSW, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 days ago

      save this species along with the 58 other critically endangered and 77 endangered species of plant and animal in the region,


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