In Jamaica, the Minister of Finance has announced that in 2009, that country’s agricultural sector created 10,000 new jobs. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has said that the 12 per cent growth in agriculture in 2009 resulted in the creation of 10,000 new jobs, bringing total employment in the sector [...]
As the first ever summit between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the government of Brazil continues in Brasilia, Brazil’s neighbour, Guyana, announces the signing of a major agricultural agreement between those two countries: Guyana and Brazil are expected to sign a major agreement, tomorrow, that will accelerate cross border agricultural investments, especially in the Rupununi. [...]
Erik Olsen of the New York Times writes about the success of the marine conservation programme at Glover’s Reef, Belize: Glover’s Reef, about 28 miles from the coast of Belize, is one of the only true atolls in the Atlantic Ocean. It is also the site of Belize’s largest “no-take” marine reserve, a 17,500-acre zone [...]
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on a visit to the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute, also known as the Creque Dam Farm, in St. Croix. Driving up the winding, mountainous roads to St. Croix’s rainforest, we bypassed the famous beer-drinking pigs at the Mt. Pellier Hut Domino Club for a more important destination: the Virgin Islands [...]
The Caribbean Sea and its turtles have been included on a list of 100 places to remember before they disappear, featured on the Newsweek website in an attempt to draw attention to “some of the places that could disappear, or be radically changed, if climatologists are right in their predictions of global warming.” Here’s what [...]
In 2008, Dominica became the first (and, at present, remains the only) Eastern Caribbean member of the International Whaling Commission to abstain from aligning themselves with Japan and that country’s support for the resumption of commercial whaling.
A quick update with more information on President Bharrat Jagdeo’s Champion of the Earth award. President Jagdeo has announced that he will donate the US$40,000 cash prize to Amerindian communities in Guyana.
The BBC has reported on a survey that found that in the past 20 years, tens of thousands, maybe even millions, of turtles were killed by entrapment in fishing gear. The raw material from the study came from records of bycatch – incidental catches in fishing gear – from different regions of the world. Over [...]
From the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Haiti comes news of environmental initiatives that are “examples of ‘building back better’ by incorporating environmental sustainability in the recovery effort.” One involves the recycling of waste plastics (earthquake recovery efforts were generating a tremendous amount of plastic waste): On the occasion of Earth Day, Advanced [...]
Sad news from Barbados about an increase in poaching and preying on animals in the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. The closure of the operations of Barbados’ only nature sanctuary has left its rare bird population easy prey for intruders who have killed two in as many months. Early this week, intruders were caught on tape [...]