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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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Opportunity

Opportunity: Commonwealth Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards 2019

The Commonwealth Secretariat is inviting nominations for the 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards: The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards will celebrate outstanding innovators and innovations that are helping Commonwealth countries and their people achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advance the values in the Commonwealth Charter that …

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Wigton WInd Farm, Jamaica. Image: via Panoramio
Energy

Jamaica is a renewable energy leader in the Caribbean

The Jamaica Gleaner reports on Jamaica’s progress towards its 2030 renewable energy goals: Jamaica is now developing its renewable-energy potential at a leading pace among its Caribbean neighbours with support from private investment, says David Delaire, managing director, Germany-based MPC Capital. This is demonstrated by its 170 megawatts of installed …

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Marijuana. Image: Conor Lawless
Agriculture

St. Vincent and the Grenadines legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis

The Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday passed into law the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill, which allows for the cultivation and use of marijuana for medicinal and research purposes, and aims to facilitate the establishment of a modern medical marijuana industry: Speaking from SVG, Minister for Agriculture Saboto …

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Opportunity

Opportunity: media training for environmental journalists on land degradation issues

The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is providing sponsorship for selected environmental journalists from the Caribbean to receive media training in issues relating to land degradation, desertification and drought. The journalists will also get the opportunity to cover the upcoming meeting of the Committee for the …

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Imperial Amazon parrot, Dominica. Image: via earth.com
Biodiversity

Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots is revealed to have engaged in questionable practices, including in the Caribbean

From the Guardian, a comprehensively researched exposé of a shady “conservation” organisation and its questionable dealings in endangered parrots, including birds from Dominica, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) is home to one of the largest private collections of threatened …

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Soufriere, Saint Lucia. Image: Daniel Berek
Energy

Saint Lucia calls for greater Caribbean cooperation on geothermal development

At a recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) geothermal energy roundtable, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Energy made a call for greater Caribbean cooperation on geothermal project development: While several territories of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States are pushing their own domestic agendas in geothermal development, the roundtable discussion …

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