JET releases new Save Cockpit Country production

April 24, 2019

Last Thursday, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) released its latest production under the Save Cockpit Country campaign.

The new public service announcement (PSA) from JET is the second in a three-part series highlighting the importance of the territory, part of which is in St Elizabeth.

The episode was released by JET via its social media network ahead of Earth Day, which was Monday.

"The second PSA outlines the role of ground truthing in the process towards the declaration of the Cockpit Country Protected Area under law," said Suzanne Stanley, JET CEO. "Each episode has a different theme - the first episode highlights the important water resources, biodiversity, forests and communities Cockpit Country supports."

The JET Save Cockpit Country PSA series is hosted by 10-year-old Amirah Dixon, a student environmental leader from Marjam Prep in St Ann.

In the first episode, Dixon explores the rugged terrain of Cockpit Country on foot.

In the next episode, she explains that ground truthing confirms what features along the boundary should be included in the Cockpit Country Protected Area (CCPA). In the PSA, Dixon asserts that if any big changes are made to the protected area boundary, Jamaicans should be told why.

Since 2018, JET and Cockpit Country communities have been advocating that a buffer zone should be established around the CCPA to ensure that important groundwater reserves in and around Cockpit Country remain intact.

"The series aim is to keep the conversation about the protection of Cockpit Country going," said Stanley. "The final episode will be released in May and will feature testimonials from Cockpit Country residents who live in communities where bauxite mining is taking place just outside the designated protected area."

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