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Saint Lucia Parrot. Image credit: act-parrots.org
Biodiversity

Saint Lucia: birthplace of the Rare approach to conservation

Rare is an international conservation organization that uses behaviour change approaches to protect and preserve species and habitats across the world.  Did you know that the Rare approach to conservation actually originated in Saint Lucia? On his first day in St. Lucia, Paul Butler hiked to the edge of the …

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Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre. Image credit: CCIC
Climate Change

Caribbean Climate Innovation Center supports climate-smart entrepreneurship

The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center is expanding its support for Caribbean innovators involved in climate-related technologies: [T]he Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s (CCIC) $18.7 million (US$149,000) entrepreneurial mentorship programme … is providing assistance to over 200 persons across the region. … The CCIC, which was established in 2013, is a consortium …

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One Planet Summit, December 2017. Image via phys.org
Climate Change

Caribbean leaders launch Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition

In December 2017, Caribbean leaders announced the formation of a public-private coalition to make the Caribbean the world’s first “climate-smart zone”: The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition aims to find a way to break through the systemic obstacles that stop finance flowing to climate-smart investments. With the right domestic and international reforms, …

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Desecheo Anole found only on Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Photo by Tommy Hall. Copyright: Island Conservation
Biodiversity
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Removal of invasive alien species from offshore islands in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic leads to a rebound in endemic species populations

Island Conservation, an international organization dedicated to preventing species extinctions by removing invasive species from islands, reports that two of its biggest successes of 2017 were in the Caribbean: Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico After more than a decade of conservation intervention, Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is once again safe …

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Goat Islands, Jamaica. Image credit: Jeremy Francis
Biodiversity

After years of advocacy, Jamaica’s Goat Islands to be declared a wildlife sanctuary

Jamaica’s Goat Islands, which were previously the intended location for a port development project that would have destroyed key habitats and ecosystems, are now to be declared a national wildlife sanctuary. The Jamaica Environment Trust reports: The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating the decision by the Urban Development Corporation …

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Peter A. Murray - Programme Manager, Fisheries Management and Development, CRFM Secretariat, lecturing to participants. Image credit: CRFM
Fisheries

Caribbean countries better equipped to fight illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing

Coast Guard and Marine Police officers in the Eastern Caribbean recently received training in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction: Twenty border control officers from six Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) completed a three-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System …

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Biodiversity

With support from local communities and indigenous peoples, scientists discover dozens of new species in Guyana’s rainforest

This BBC article about the discovery of 30 species in the rainforests of Guyana takes special care to acknowledge the important contribution that local communities and indigenous peoples make to scientific discoveries such as these: Without expertise and logistical support from local residents, navigating the remote Kaieteur National Park, the …

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