On Thursday, Sept. 22, the incredible news broke that a massive transshipment port proposed in the heart of Jamaica’s largest Protected Area would instead be built in a less environmentally sensitive area. The seemingly simple announcement marks an unprecedented win for conservation, the culmination of three years of hard-fought battle to preserve Jamaica’s natural heritage and one of the rarest lizards in the world, the Jamaican Iguana.
I was drawn into this battle in early 2014 to bolster the work of the real conservation heroes. In light of this recent, incredible development, I wanted to share my own personal reflections on what I consider to be an incredible conservation success, in the hope that others fighting similar battles around the world may be able to learn and draw inspiration. So let’s start at the beginning.
To read on, check out the Saving Goat Islands web story.