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Belize beach. Image: Lucía García González
Oceans

First marine litter collection campaign sets the baseline in Belize

The Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), in collaboration with Oceana Belize and the World Wildlife Fund, recently completed a national marine litter campaign: It is the first of its kind to be held in Belize and it came to fruition after some of the staff at the …

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Redonda. Image: Lauren Delizia
General

Green Antilles link roundup: July 22, 2018

IUCN publishes new Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands — the guidelines aim to catalyse strategic planning and assist the rational prioritization of scarce resources for successful action against IAS. Barbados mulls offshore energy options — Barbados has opened a call for studies into the potential for offshore wind …

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Rice. Image: Mathieu Schoutteten
Agriculture

Guyana’s rice exports increase 43%

Boosted by access to new markets in Latin America, Guyana’s rice exports for the first half of 2018 are more than 40% greater than for the same period of the preceding year: As the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) wraps up its 2018 first crop results from January to June, …

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Compost bin. Image: Gail Langellotto
Solid waste

Dominicans urged to compost “as much as possible”

The manager of Dominica’s sole sanitary landfill is encouraging Dominicans to compost more in order to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfill: Manager of the Sanitary Landfill, Jeno Jacob has said about forty-five percent of compostable waste end up at the landfill. This he revealed while addressing …

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Nikola Simpson. Image: courtesy Nikola Simpson.
Interview
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Green Antilles interview: Nikola Simpson

Today’s Green Antilles interviewee is Nikola Simpson, a Barbadian environmental and oceans advocate. Nikola, a Highly Commended Runner-Up for the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award, is a marine biologist and coastal manager by training. She is Director of Slow Fish Barbados and runs her own environmental sustainability consulting business, Caribbean …

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Green turtle, Bonaire. Image: Dan Hershman.
Biodiversity

Invasive seagrass species disrupts green turtle grazing in the Caribbean

Recently published research from Bonaire indicates that green turtle grazing patterns are contributing to the spread of an invasive seagrass species, which in turn reduces the turtles’ grazing areas: A seagrass species from the Red Sea is outcompeting the native seagrass species in the Caribbean, where the green sea turtle …

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Drip. Image: Paul B
Climate Change

Rainwater harvesting for water security in the Caribbean

From The Conversation, an article about how the potential for rainwater harvesting, using a new ferrocement tank design and biosand filters, could enhance  water security and climate resilience in the Caribbean: [V]ery few Caribbean countries have taken action to implement rainwater harvesting on any significant scale. In Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, …

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