23 Nov 2018 - Brussels, Belgium - Initialing of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between Guyana and the European Commission. © Bernal Revert/ BR&U via Guyana Forestry Commission.
Biodiversity

Guyana and EU sign agreement to improve forest governance and promote legal timber trade

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that Guyana and the European Union recently finalised a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) under the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme: Guyana and the European Union (EU) have concluded a six-year process of negotiations towards a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which …

Imperial Amazon parrot, Dominica. Image: via earth.com
Biodiversity

Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots is revealed to have engaged in questionable practices, including in the Caribbean

From the Guardian, a comprehensively researched exposé of a shady “conservation” organisation and its questionable dealings in endangered parrots, including birds from Dominica, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) is home to one of the largest private collections of threatened …

Belizer Barrier Reef. Image: Nancy Gerard Bégin
Biodiversity

Belize and Australia exchange experiences on barrier reef conservation and World Heritage Site management

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest is the world’s largest coral reef system. The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the world’s second largest coral reef system, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Great Mayan Reef).  Both the Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef …

Guaiacum officinale, an endangered Caribbean plant. Image: via Wikipedia
Biodiversity

Caribbean scientists receive training in endangered species assessment

Scientists from six Caribbean countries recently participated in a training course in The Bahamas on how to assess potentially threatened and endangered species for classification on the IUCN Red List: Fourteen Bahamian and eight Caribbean experts took part in a week of training in Nassau on how to assess threatened …

Turks and Caicos rock iguana. Image: Giuliano Colosimo
Biodiversity

Saving the Turks and Caicos rock iguana

Perhaps, like me, you thought that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) focused exclusively on bird conservation. I was surprised to learn that they are also working to conserve, among other species, the critically endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana (Cylcura carinata, also known as the Bahamas …

Sombrero Island. Image: via ramsar.org
Biodiversity

Anguilla’s Sombrero Island Nature Reserve Marine Park designated as a Wetland of International Importance

The Sombrero Island Nature Reserve Marine Park was recently designated as Ramsar Site number 2354 under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (also known as the Ramsar Convention). It is the first such designated site in Anguilla: The United Kingdom has named Sombrero Island Nature Reserve Marine Park (Ramsar …

Birds like the Black-throated Blue Warbler travel thousands of miles to spend their winter in the Caribbean. Photo: Paul Reeves via BirdsCaribbean
Biodiversity

World Migratory Bird Day 2018: Welcoming Our Birds “Home”

BirdsCaribbean media release — The month of October heralds a change in the seasons — even in the Caribbean. The days grow shorter and the fierce heat of the sun lessens. Countless birds journey to their winter homes in the Caribbean. For World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), Caribbean island residents celebrate …