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Jamaica’s ‘Cockpit Country’ Faces Growing Threats From Mining Interests

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Cockpit country is not only a physical marvel, spanning a whopping 500 square miles and stretching...

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The island nation’s government has begun granting mining leases in its rare limestone karst rainforest.


Jamaica is famous for its many beaches, rivers, and mountains. But it is the Cockpit Country, the island’s largest contiguous rainforest, that stands as the region’s most beautiful, biodiverse, and important natural feature. This ecological marvel is home to Indigenous communities, countless plants and animals, and the source of much of Jamaica’s freshwater.

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