Jamaica: Deforestation in the Cookpit Country

Deforestation in the Cookpit Country: Local forestry officials are frustrated with the level of deforestation taking place in the Cockpit Country which is home to hundreds of endemic species of plants and animals.

The level of deforestation stems from trees being cut for coal production, and bauxite mining. The local forestry department has decided to take matters into its own hands by providing alternative means of incomefor the scores of residents who are dependent on the forest for their livelihood. On Tuesday, plots of land for medicinal plants valued over US$65,000 were handed over to the residents in order to begin planting on a commercial scale.

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