Friday 18 October, 2019

PSOJ Calls for Cockpit Country Protected Boundary

According to William Mahfood, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, “the Cockpit Country is a very important part of Jamaica’s Ecosystem and environmental sustainability.

According to William Mahfood, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, “the Cockpit Country is a very important part of Jamaica’s Ecosystem and environmental sustainability.

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is calling on the Government of Jamaica to advise the country on what has been decided in respect of the boundary definition for the protection of the Cockpit Country area.

The Cockpit Country area plays a critical role in sustaining Jamaica’s water supply, and in light of the recent spate of very strong hurricanes which in our view is directly linked to the effects of global warming and the resultant climate change; we believe that the protection of our environment is crucial in sustaining the economic and social development of our future.

The PSOJ, through its Energy and Environment Committee, is concerned that the absence of a clear definition of the protected boundaries for the Cockpit area could leave the way open for future activities that could compromise the area, and the country’s future.

According to William Mahfood, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, “the Cockpit Country is a very important part of Jamaica’s Ecosystem and environmental sustainability; It is important for us to protect this very important area for the future of our children. The PSOJ is therefore supportive of a clearly defined protected area for the Cockpit Country being publicly declared by the government and legally protected.”

The PSOJ reiterates that there can be no sustainable economic development without environmental protection.

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