Pellew Island Saved!

March 12, 2010

Dear friends,

PHOTO: Pellew Island, JamaicaWhat a great way to end the week!  Diana McCaulay from Jamaica wrote this morning to say that Pellew Island will be protected!

She posted this exciting news to the worldwide ELAW network:

"I'm happy to let you all know that the villa development on the small inshore island in Portland has been turned down.  The Jamaica Environment Trust has been working to preserve Pellew Island in its natural state since 2005.  ELAW U.S.  helped review the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the ELAW network helped with a legal opinion about the right of public access to beaches when the beach has eroded and the foreshore has changed. 

This is personally very important to me, as the island is a place I spent many happy hours as a child.

Thanks very much to everyone who helped with this.  I hope some of you will one day get to visit what I believe is one of the most beautiful places in Jamaica."

Congratulations to Diana and everyone at the Jamaica Environment Trust who worked for years to protect one of Jamaica's greatest natural wonders! 


Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

P.S.  Read more about this victory at the EarthTalk blog.  ELAW is working with partners in Jamaica and around the world to protect communities and the environment.  Learn more about our work by visiting our blog: ELAW Spotlight.  We're on Facebook and Twitter.