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Belize mangroves. Image: Bernt Rostad.
Biodiversity

New regulations to protect mangroves in Belize

Belize recently passed new regulations to improve protection and conservation of mangroves: On June 15, 2018, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration, Godwin Hulse signed the Forests (Protection of Mangroves) Regulations 2018 [to] come into effect on June 23, 2018, upon publication in the …

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St Martin mangroves. Image: Mark Yokoyama
Biodiversity

July 26 is International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Beginning in 2016, July 26 has been celebrated as International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, also known as World Mangrove Day: Mangroves are rare, spectacular and prolific ecosystems on the boundary between land and sea. These extra ordinary ecosystems contribute to the wellbeing, food security, and protection …

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Styrofoam. Image: frankieleon
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Dominica to ban plastics and Styrofoam by January 2019

Dominica is the latest Caribbean country moving to prohibit the importation of plastics and Styrofoam: Government has announced a decision to ban a number of items considered to be inimical to the environment including plastic and Styrofoam containers by 1 January 2019. The announcement, made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit …

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Punta Petrona, Puerto Rico. Image: via El Nuevo Día
Protected areas

Puerto Rico loses seven nature reserves

Via Repeating Islands, news that the government of Puerto Rico has rescinded protected areas designations for seven sites: El Nuevo Día (22 July 2018) reports that, Puerto Rico lost seven nature reserves on July 3, after Governor Ricardo Rosselló annulled their designation as protected areas; his Planning Board claimed that …

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Lionfish. Image: Laszlo Ilyes
Biodiversity

Sandals Grenada encourages guests to hunt invasive lionfish

At Sandals Grenada, resort guests can get actively involved in combatting the lionfish invasion in the Caribbean: At Sandals Grenada, guests with scuba certifications are encouraged to hunt fish — lionfish, specifically — on their holiday. The species is the cane toad of the Caribbean, invasive and multiplying at lightning …

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Cayman coral reef. Image: Acquarius Sea Tours
Oceans

Interns document their reef conservation research in the Cayman Islands

Writing at National Geographic’s Open Explorer platform, seven interns from universities in North America are documenting their experiences doing coral reef conservation projects at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute in the Cayman Islands: We are a group of student interns working on a variety of research projects focused on the …

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Scrap metal. Image: Andrew Malone.
Solid waste

Caribbean’s first comprehensive metal recycling plant commissioned in the Dominican Republic

Plans are underway for the first comprehensive metal recycling facility in the Caribbean to begin operation in the Dominican Republic by the end of 2018: ANDRITZ MeWa, a part of international technology group ANDRITZ, has received an order from Cibao Metal Recycling CIMER Srl, a subsidiary of the YeYo Ochoa …

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