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Karen McDonald Gayle. Image: courtesy Karen McDonald Gayle
Biodiversity
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Green Antilles interview: Karen McDonald Gayle

The Green Antilles interview today is with Karen McDonald Gayle. Karen works with the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, helping to establish sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean.   Please tell Green Antilles readers about yourself, your work as an environmental professional and what that work involves. My early work …

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Masked Booby on Redonda. Image: Ed Marshall via Antigua and Barbuda Department of Environment
Biodiversity

Removal of invasive alien species revitalizes Redonda

Just over a year ago, work began in Antigua and Barbuda to remove invasive alien species from Redonda, an offshore island that previously had the appearance of a barren rock jutting out of the ocean.  A recent post on the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Environment’s website describes the remarkable …

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Caribbean reptile. Image: Mark Yokoyama
Biodiversity

The illegal online trade in Caribbean reptiles

Last year, conservation scientist Josh Noseworthy spent six weeks investigating illegal wildlife trade in the Caribbean, specifically in trade in reptiles. He documented his findings in an article for the Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade: The Caribbean …  is a hotspot for reptile diversity. Although small in …

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Solar panels, Suriname. Image: via IADB
Energy

Solar power for rural electrification in Suriname

A report from the Inter-American Development Bank on Suriname’s first solar power plant for rural communities: The plant, with a capacity of 500 kW, will provide 24 hours electricity to the rural community of Pokigron and to Atjoni under the operational responsibility of EBS, the state-owned electric utility of Suriname, …

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Styrofoam food box. Image: BrokenSphere
Solid waste
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Trinidad and Tobago to ban Styrofoam with effect from 2019

Yet another Caribbean country announces a ban on Styrofoam products. It’s official. Come 2019, polystyrene products, such as Styrofoam containers, will be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis made the announcement while speaking at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary on Thursday evening. She said the …

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Grand Cayman mangroves. Image via Cayman Islands Department of Environment
Biodiversity

Public consultations on mangrove conservation in the Cayman Islands

As World Mangrove Day 2018 draws to a close, our final piece of mangrove-related news for the day comes from the Cayman Islands, where several proposals intended to strengthen protection for mangrove ecosystems have been presented to the public for review and feedback. These include three new protected area nominations. …

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Planting mangroves in Trinidad. Image: Vashti Singh via Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
Biodiversity

Volunteers help plant mangroves in Trinidad and Tobago

More encouraging news to mark World Mangrove Day. Trinidad and Tobago’s Environmental Policy Planning Division, in conjunction with the Institute of Marine Affairs, recently organized a mangrove planting activity on Trinidad’s west coast: Dozens of volunteers descended on the Brickfield mudflats, Orange Field in Carapichaima [on June 24, 2018] to …

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