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Lined seed-eater. Image: Allan Hopkins
Biodiversity

Closed season for bird-hunting in Guyana

Guyana’s Wildlife and Conservation Management Commission has declared a five-month ban on the hunting of wild birds: The period January 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019 has been declared a “closed season” for the hunting of wild birds. This is according to a notice published by the Guyana Wildlife and Conservation …

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American crocodile. Image: Sergey Yeliseev.
Biodiversity

Crocodile conservation in Jamaica

Jamaica’s National Environment and Planning Agency has launched a programme to improve the conservation status of the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), which is a protected species in Jamaica. The initiative focuses on changing people’s attitudes to and interactions with crocodiles: The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is moving to help …

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Soufriere volcano, St. VIncent. Image credit: UWI Seismic Research Centre
Energy

CDB and IDB continue to support geothermal energy development in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are continuing to provide financial support for Caribbean geothermal energy initiatives: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has mobilised more than USD85 million to increase the Region’s energy security through geothermal energy development. On …

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Biodiversity

New conservation approaches can help to alleviate impacts of climate warming for sea turtles

Research from St. Eustatius suggests that new, and relatively simple, conservation methods can help reduce some of the negative effects of climate change on sea turtle populations:  In the article published by Scientific Reports, a range of experiments were conducted between 2012 and 2017 in St Eustatius Marine Park in …

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Mountains in Haiti. image: Logan Abassi (UN/MINUSTAH)
Biodiversity

Deforestation and biodiversity loss in Haiti

Writing for Bloomberg, Faye Flam discusses recently published research about deforestation in Haiti, and the impacts on Haiti’s rare and endemic forest species: Improbably, a fairly tale world of miniature frogs and lizards survives in Haiti — dozens of species found only in that environment. Wildlife doesn’t always disappear in proportion …

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Largetooth sawfish. Image: Forrest Samuels
General

Green Antilles link roundup: December 16, 2018

Largetooth sawfish and silky shark gain additional protection in the Caribbean — Caribbean nations agreed last week to add two more species to the annexes of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol, the only transnational legal instrument for the environment of the Caribbean. …Regional SPAW member governments unanimously decided …

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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 …

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