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

European Union and Caribbean Development Bank support geothermal energy development in the Eastern Caribbean

The European Union and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are partnering to provide grant funding to enable the development of 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines: The project … will help geothermal energy development in the …

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Havana, Cuba. Image credit: Pedro Szekely
Climate Change

Cuba embarks on a long-term climate resilience plan

The impacts of Hurricane Irma in 2017 have lent urgency to Cuba’s national climate change adaptation plan, known as Tarea Vida or Project Life: On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation. The powerful storm dealt Havana …

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Coral reef, Cayman Islands. Image credit: Twilight Zone Expedition Team 2007, NOAA-OE
Biodiversity

Cayman Islands Brewery supports coral reef conservation

The Cayman Islands Brewery is partnering with the Central Caribbean Marine Institute to reduce waste and its impacts on coral reefs: The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has partnered with the Cayman Islands Brewery to promote a “Zero Impact” on local coral reefs initiative. For every case of Cayman Islands Brewery …

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Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad. Image: courtesy of UncommonCaribbean.com/SBPR
Biodiversity

BirdsCaribbean 9th Annual Caribbean Waterbird Census

BirdsCaribbean is inviting participation in the 2018 Caribbean Waterbird Census: Count Waterbirds in the Caribbean – Join our 2018 Region-wide CWC Count! Do you know of a pond, mangrove swamp or marsh nearby with waterbirds on it? If yes, we invite you to participate in the 9th annual Caribbean Waterbird …

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Environmental Education

Educators being trained to deliver the CAPE Green Engineering syllabus

The list of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subjects now includes Green Engineering, and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is building teachers’ capacity to teach the Green Engineering Syllabus: Educators from six Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, are in the island for a week-long capacity building project intended to improve their …

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Hazardous Substances and Waste

International Atomic Energy Agency building Caribbean capacity to manage radioactive sources

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, has been providing guidance and support to six Caribbean countries to enable them to better manage radiation sources: Through an ongoing regional technical cooperation project, and in partnership with the United States Department of Energy (US …

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Starfish Market produce clerk Leslie Lambertis and Josephine Roller put a fresh bag of St. John-grown greens on the shelf.. Image via the St. John Source.
Agriculture

Coral Bay Organic Gardens in St. John, USVI, is making a post-Irma comeback

To close the day, an inspirational story from the St. John Source about the post-hurricane recovery of the Coral Bay Organic Gardens/Josephine’s Greens: Discerning shoppers at Starfish Market on St. John were thrilled this week to see the first delivery of Josephine’s Greens since Hurricane Irma. “I’m so excited. I …

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Wind turbine. Image credit: Paulo Valdivieso
Energy

Event: 2018 Annual Caribbean Energy Conference – January 25 – 26, Nassau, Bahamas

The 18th Annual Caribbean Energy Conference is scheduled to take place January 25 and 26 in Nassau, Bahamas. The agenda includes a session on renewable energy, including speakers from the Caribbean Community Secretariat, the Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Enviva, which is …

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Johanan Dujon. Image credit: Johanan Dujon
Agriculture

Saint Lucian Johanan Dujon turns sargassum seaweed into organic fertilizer

Young Saint Lucia entrepreneur Johanan Dujon has started what has been described as “the Caribbean’s first indigenous agriculture biotech company“, turning sargassum seaweed into fertilizer. From Caribbean Beat: Last year, Dujon was a presenter at the Earth Optimism Summit organised by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The inaugural event …

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Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola). Image credit: Bernard Dupont
Biodiversity

Grant Opportunity: Neotropical Bird Club Conservation Fund

The Neotropical Bird Club (NBC) awards grants of $1,500, $3,000 and $5,000 (US dollars) for bird conservation work or research in the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and South America: The NBC Conservation Awards Programme invites applications for one of three categories of award the Club is able to offer: Small grants – …

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