The Cockpit Country, Protected Area and Mining

It is important to note that the Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr. (2005) boundary was recognized by the Jamaica Cabinet as the boundary of the Cockpit Country by the State and is depicted in the map below.
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Now that the dust has settled on the Cockpit Country matter, and that my name and research has been thrown into the mix, I'm adding some context to the entire discussion as it relates to this. My boundary of the Cockpit Country was one of the outcomes of my PhD thesis, which specifically focused on the diagnostic properties of cockpit karst, that is, defining what is and what isn't cockpit karst. As the type area for cockpit karst, it stands to reason that the very definition of the Cockpit Country is identifying which areas are continuous cockpit karst and which areas are not, the latter not being included within the Cockpit Country. This is the purest definition of the Cockpit Country; the Cockpit Country literally defines a landscape, in the same way the Grand Canyon defines a ditch in the American Southwest.
By the way, the Cockpit Country was very explicitly delineated in 1958, complete with descriptions and justifications. My work simply built on this definition. The person who did this, Marjorie Sweeting, was my supervisor's supervisor.
However, areas become more than the geophysical environment, as a result of ecological developments and heritage evolution in and around places that are a direct result of those physical conditions. Protected areas, therefore, can include more than the physical area. The Grand Canyon National Park is much larger than the Grand Canyon itself. The newly-defined Cockpit Country Protected Area includes areas of primary broadleaf forest, and preserves areas of ecological importance that extend beyond the pure Cockpit Country but are not literally within the Cockpit Country.
Bauxite is found in areas of degraded karst to the east of my Cockpit Country boundary, that is, in areas that are literally not cockpit karst. Bauxite, however, would be found in areas of broadleaf forest in ecologically sensitive areas. It is in these areas that mining has been closed off. Technically, mining has not been ruled out in other areas near to my Cockpit Country boundary (what is now being called the Core Boundary - not my words, but from the 2013 Webber report on the boundary discussions back then), but these areas are not primary forest and have already been subjected to other non-mining disturbances.
Therefore, the decision made last Tuesday very correctly captures the scientific definition of the Cockpit Country (on geomorphological grounds), as well as the principles of protected area management. Other boundaries proposed did not capture both as neatly (Appleton sugar estate is not within the Cockpit Country, I'm sorry), and tried to stuff everything under the mantle of the Cockpit Country. We just need some balance and context when looking at this thing, as heated as it became. The Cockpit Country, the protected area, mining interests, and even heritage and hydrological interests, while related in some respects, are very different in others, and should not be conflated. Draw a Venn Diagram if you don't believe me. Just because areas overlap does it mean all circles are the same thing. What ultimately matters is that the overlap areas - where all concerns about what everybody considers the Cockpit Country - area addressed, and with the definition of the boundaries of both the Cockpit Country and the protected area, it has been. It addresses everyone's concerns legitimately, while reasonably excluding other areas. Any further argument regarding mining will reveal what this may have been about all this time - an anti-mining effort. Whatever the case may be, it will no longer be about the Cockpit Country any more, and whatever else happens will be on its own merit.
Here are the final stats:
My Cockpit Country boundary (the Core; in blue): 590
Cockpit Country Protected Area (in green): 747
(By the way, it was mildly amusing that most of the pictures I saw in the media of the "Cockpit Country" were most definitely not the Cockpit Country, at least not the pure definition of it.)