Solar panels, Haiti. Image via: CDC Global
Energy

Lack of international investment in Haiti’s renewable energy sector

HaitiLibre reports that data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) shows that there was an absence of foreign direct investment in Haiti’s renewable energy sector in 2017: The latest report of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on Foreign Direct Investment …

The Jamaica Inn
Biodiversity

Tourism and conservation connect at Jamaica Inn

Travel Weekly highlights the Jamaica Inn and the work that’s being done there to conserve and restore coral reefs: As a child growing up in Jamaica, Belinda Morrow remembers snorkeling amid large schools of neon-colored fish nibbling on healthy coral just beyond the white sand beaches of Ocho Rios.Now 55, …

Roundup. Image: Mike Mozart
Agriculture

St. Vincent and the Grenadines suspends importation of glyphosate pesticides

Following the outcome of the civil lawsuit against agribusiness company Monsanto, in which the plaintiff successfully argued that the company’s weed-killing product Roundup was responsible for his terminal cancer, the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has put a suspension on the importation of Roundup and other glyphosate-containing pesticides: The …

Soufriere Hills, Montserrat. Image: Jennifer Krauel.
Biodiversity

Brexit implications for conservation in the Caribbean

The UK’s Independent reports on how the loss of access to European Union conservation funding after Brexit could impact conservation programmes in UK overseas territories in the Caribbean and elsewhere: Whales migrating across the Atlantic Ocean, turtles in the Caribbean and unique cloud forests in St Helena are all under …

St. Maarten landfill fire. Image: via St. Maarten Daily Herald.
Air pollution

St. Maarten landfill puts public health “in peril”

Following a recent Green Antilles post about the recurring fires at the Riverton landfill in Jamaica, a reader brought to my attention the ongoing landfill woes in St. Maarten. The most recent fire at the Pond Island landfill occurred just days ago, leading to public health advisories for communities nearby. …

Plastic bag. Image: Mitchell Haindfield
Solid waste

Government of Grenada announces ban on Styrofoam and single-use plastics

The importation of Styrofoam has been banned with effect from September 1, 2018, and the sale of Styrofoam will be prohibited starting March 2, 2019. The importation of single-use plastic bags will be illegal as of February 1, 2019. Following additional consultation, other single-use plastics are also scheduled to be …

BIOPAMA website
Biodiversity

Vacancy: Technical Assistant, Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management programme, IUCN

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean is inviting applications for the post of Technical Assistant with the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management programme. The position is based in Barbados. The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme aims …