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Jamaica: TOURISM PUSH – Disputed Mountain Lands To Be Transformed Into Massive Commercial Development

The treasured Puerto Bueno Mountain that is at the centre of an environmental dispute will host ecotourism developments as well as investments in residential and commercial operations, and clean energy, Jamaica World LLC has disclosed.

The site, considered a critical habitat for the endangered Jamaican boa and scores of endemic species, has been at the heart of controversy after it was revealed last weekend that the Holness administration overruled a state watchdog that had denied the investors a mining and quarrying permit.

Having received permission to mine 123 acres of the 569-acre property it owns, Jamaica World, operators of Bengal Development Limited, has sought to convince the country that it will be compliant with the 72 conditions outlined by state regulator, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

Both NEPA and the Natural Resources Conservation Authority had denied the organisation a mining and quarrying permit because of the lands’ ecological value.

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