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Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Image: Cameron Khan
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Green Antilles link roundup: December 9, 2018

Bahamas committed to marine protection goals — The Bahamas remains committed to setting aside 20 percent of its territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2020, a Cabinet minister has confirmed. … “This would represent 43 newly-proposed marine protected areas, covering more than 8.1m acres of clear, blue ocean.” Caribbean urged …

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Belizer Barrier Reef. Image: Nancy Gerard Bégin
Biodiversity

Belize and Australia exchange experiences on barrier reef conservation and World Heritage Site management

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest is the world’s largest coral reef system. The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the world’s second largest coral reef system, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Great Mayan Reef).  Both the Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef …

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Carriacou, Grenada. Image: Vlad Podvorny
General

Nominations invited for the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Award

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Award: Nominations are now being accepted for The Euan P. McFarlane Award to recognize outstanding environmental leadership in the Insular Caribbean. The McFarlane Award was established in 1987 to provide recognition for …

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Guaiacum officinale, an endangered Caribbean plant. Image: via Wikipedia
Biodiversity

Caribbean scientists receive training in endangered species assessment

Scientists from six Caribbean countries recently participated in a training course in The Bahamas on how to assess potentially threatened and endangered species for classification on the IUCN Red List: Fourteen Bahamian and eight Caribbean experts took part in a week of training in Nassau on how to assess threatened …

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Sargassum on a beach in Barbados. Image: via Barbados Government Information Service
Fisheries

How the sargassum influx has affected Caribbean fisherfolk’s livelihoods and income

In an eye-opening article published at Caribbean News Now, Daphne Ewing-Chow and Iris Monnereau write about how the annual sargassum invasions in the Caribbean have been affecting fisherfolk’s ability to make a living:  Sargassum has had negative economic consequences for the industry through the altered composition and availability of fish …

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Sharda Mahabir. Photo: via Write It Down
Interview

Green Antilles interview: Sharda Mahabir

Today’s Green Antilles interviewee is Dr. Sharda Mahabir, founder of the Adopt A River programme in Trinidad and Tobago. As Project Manager of the Adopt A River programme, Sharda manages community projects across Trinidad and Tobago that help to improve the condition of the country’s rivers. Please tell Green Antilles readers …

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PET bottle nursery house. Image: via UNDP
Agriculture

Schools in Suriname grow vegetables in nursery houses made from plastic bottles

Eight thousand discarded plastic bottles were repurposed in a sustainable agriculture project that involved four primary schools in the Commewijne district of Suriname: This project titled: “Everyday food: Growing Vegetables No Matter What Weather” educated the children in protected agriculture by providing nurseries constructed from discarded PET- bottles. This made the …

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