Economic comparison of alternatives to building a port on Goat Islands : Does Jamaica need to sacrifice a world class conservation site in order to build a world class port?
Conservation Strategy Fund - Technical Study - Economic comparison of alternatives to building a port on Goat Islands
“JAMAICA CAN HAVE ITS GOAT AND EAT IT!” So said Aaron Bruner, Senior Economist at Conservation Strategy Fund at a meeting at the Courtleigh Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica on 28th October 2014. He was reporting on the recently completed cost effectiveness study of alternative sites for the proposed China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) transshipment port and logistics hub. Following the on-going controversy about CHEC’s proposal to locate the port at the Goat Islands, the study posed the question of whether it would be economically and environmentally feasible to use another site. The results were an emphatic “Yes”. An international firm of port engineers - Niras-Fraenkel Ltd - found that a port at least one site - Macarry Bay in southern Clarendon - would be more than $200 million dollars cheaper to build than an equivalent port at the Goat Islands. CSF’s analysis showed that locating the port at Macarry Bay would also have a much lower environmental cost. The overall recommendation was that given the size of the investment and the extent of the potential environmental impacts, further studies are needed before further commitments are made to construction at Goat Islands. The study was funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund through a grant to Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation.
Cost-effectiveness assessment of Goat Island and other proposed locations for the transshipment port
In July, C-CAM circulated a policy brief about the on-going assessment of proposed locations for the proposed port. The assessment is being carried out on behalf of C-CAM by Conservation Strategy Fund (an international NGO, with board experience of working on large infrastructure projects. It is funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.
Socio-Economic Baseline Survey of the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA): Report Part 2 – The Portland Ridge Dry Forest
This report will form the last of five deliverables of a consultancy awarded by the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAMF) to the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM). The purpose of the socio-economic survey is to: Gather information on the socio-economic dynamics of forest users; Collect primary data on the practices of individuals who use the forests so as to develop practical measures to reduce their impacts on conservation targets; Estimate the number of individuals who directly and indirectly benefit from the use of the Hellshire Hills and Portland Ridge forests and their resources; Assess variations in income sources and skill sets for different categories of forest users.
Socio-Economic Baseline Survey of the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA): Report Part 1 – The Hellshire Hills Dry Forest
This report will form the fourth of five deliverables of a consultancy awarded by the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAMF) to the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM). It includes the socio-economic dynamics of forest users, primary data on practices of forest users, estimates on the numbers of users who directly or indirectly benefit from the Hellshire and Portland Ridge forests, and income sources of the different categories of frest users.
A summary of known speleological sites in the area of Portland Bight, including Portland Ridge and the Hellshire Hills, with recommendations for further research to establish a baseline dataset and a framework for systematic monitoring. Prepared for: The Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), February, 2013
A survey commissioned by the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM). Conducted in Portland Ridge, Jamaica, part of Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) in southern Clarendon. The report includes details of flora, ecology, environmental impacts and related conservation issues.
The following information is based on historical records for the presence of fossils and non-fossilized bones, and JCO research for the presence of cave fauna. Numbering of sites is from the main document, “The Caves of Portland Bight, Jamaica”. The final section presents GPS positions recorded by the JCO. Please be aware that, to date, JCO activity at Portland Ridge has concentrated on georeferencing the area map to allow us to find all of the sites in the area, and that rapid assessments have yet to take place. This will be addressed in a separate document.
This report will form one of five deliverables of a consultancy awarded by the Caribbean Coastal Areas Management Foundation (C-CAM) to the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM). It is an assessment of the physical and socio-economic vulnerabilities of the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) due to climate threats. The analysis was carried out through reviews of existing relevant literature, limited analysis of climate variables for the region and surveys conducted among some residents of the PBPA.