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Energy

European Union supports renewable energy development in Barbados

Barbados has received €1.12 million ($1.35 million) from the European Union towards the advancement of energy self-sufficiency from renewable resources: This is the first payment of a total contribution of €3 million ($3.6 million). This activity is in line with the country’s commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on …

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Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Image credit: Kris-Mikael Krister
Biodiversity

Rising temperatures are turning green turtle eggs female

Recently published research from Australia shows that rising temperatures are affecting the nesting populations of green turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, causing them to produce offspring that are 99% female: Rising temperatures are turning almost all green sea turtles in a Great Barrier Reef population female, new research has …

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USDA NRCS conservation innovation grants
Agriculture

Opportunity: Conservation Innovation Grants for agricultural lands in the US Caribbean

The United States Departure of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants for qualifying entities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (as well as other US states and territories): Conservation Innovation Grants are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption …

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Laughing Bird Caye, Belize. Image credit: Chuck Taylor
Oceans

Belize moves to impose a moratorium on oil exploration and extraction in its territorial waters

In December 2017, the Parliament of Belize passed legislation that  will effectively ban oil exploration and extraction in Belize’s maritime waters: Belize, home of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, permanently suspended oil activity in its ocean waters. The legislation marks the first time that a developing country …

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Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Programme. Image credit: breef.org
Opportunity

Learning/internship opportunity: Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Programme

Are you, or do you know, a Bahamian between the ages of 15 and 18 who’s interested in learning more about the environment, conservation and sustainable systems? If yes, check out the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) Programme: What does the programme entail? A 100-day semester at the Island School …

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Tourism and Protected Areas Seminar
Biodiversity

Training opportunity: Seminar on Tourism and Protected Areas at Colorado State University

The Colorado State University’s Center for Protected Area Management (CPAM) and the Office of International Programs of the U.S. Forest Service are inviting applications for a 2.5 week seminar on Tourism and Protected Areas: The Mobile Seminar on Planning and Managing Tourism in Protected Areas is an intensive, 2.5-week seminar, offered …

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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

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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