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Skeldon Market, Berbice, Guyana. Image credit: KennardP
Agriculture
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Guyana sees growth in non-traditional agricultural exports

Guyana’s main agricultural exports are rice and sugar, but in recent years there has been an increase in the export of non-traditional commodities, in particular coconuts and coconut products. According to the Guyana Chronicle: THE Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) recently released the list of the top exported commodities for 2017, …

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Len Peters, turtle conservationist. Image via Points of Light
Biodiversity

Trinidad and Tobago turtle conservationist receives Commonwealth Point of Light award

Turtle conservationist Len Peters is the recipient of the first Commonwealth Points of Light award, in honour of his exceptional voluntary service protecting endangered turtle species: Len Peters, representing Trinidad and Tobago, is a turtle conservationist and chairman of the ‘Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association’ who protects 20,000 turtle …

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World Wetlands Day 2018. Image via worldwetlandsday.org
Biodiversity

World Wetlands Day 2018

February 2 is World Wetlands Day. The day is an annual celebration of the entry into force of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and provides a special opportunity to raise awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. The theme of World Wetlands Day 2018 is Urban wetlands making cities livable. …

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St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma. Image: Netherlands Red Cross via IFRC
Climate Change

Briefing paper on ‘building back better’ in the Caribbean

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently published a briefing paper titled ‘Building back better’: a resilient Caribbean after the 2017 hurricanes: There is no ‘quick fix’ for building resilience in the Caribbean, but disasters do provide a space for reflection, as well as an opportunity for policies and investments that …

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Coral reef restoration. Image via: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
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Event: Central Caribbean Marine Institute Reef Lecture Series

As part of their activities to celebrate the third International Year of the Reef, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) in the Cayman Islands, is launching a Reef Lecture Series. The first talk in the series will take place on February 8: Coral Reef Restoration in the Cayman Islands: Past, …

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IICA Director General, Dr. Manuel Otero. Image via: IICA
Agriculture

IICA Director General charts the course for agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

The new Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Dr. Manuel Otero, has laid out his vision for the future of agriculture in the region: We must broaden the limited perception of agriculture as a mere supplier of raw materials for global value chains. Instead, we …

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Gaiac tree, St. Maarten. Image credit: Mark Yokoyama.
Biodiversity

After Irma: stories from St. Maarten of how nature recovers after a hurricane

Over at Les Fruits de Mers, Mark Yokoyama is writing wonderful and thought-provoking articles about how nature in St. Martin is recovering, and changing, in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Here’s an excerpt: A hurricane brings us closer to nature in many ways, both big and small. The storm itself …

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