Barbados beach. Image: Ben Geach.
Oceans

Coral reefs worth billions to the Caribbean tourism industry

According to a recent study by the Nature Conservancy, coral reefs contribute over US$7.9 billion annually to the Caribbean economy through tourism. This represents 23% of all tourism expenditures and more than 10% of the region’s GDP. The study, which was supported by JetBlue, the World Travel and Tourism Council, …

Dr. Sonia Peter. Image: courtesy Dr. Sonia Peter.
Interview

Green Antilles interview: Dr. Sonia Peter

Today’s Green Antilles interview is with Dr. Sonia Peter of Barbados. Dr. Peter is a natural products chemist with an interest in ethnobotany and plant conservation. She studies the fascinating library of natural agents produced by plants, the tradition of our use of plants for medicine and the potential for …

Kemar Codrington and Mikhail Eversley of OASIS Laboratory. Image: courtesy OASIS Laboratory
Innovation
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Green Antilles interview: OASIS Laboratory

Today’s Green Antilles interview is with the entrepreneurial team of young scientists behind OASIS Laboratory. OASIS Laboratory is a Barbadian company manufacturing botanical, eco-friendly personal care products made with natural ingredients like breadfruit, tamarind, cinnamon, lemongrass, and sargassum seaweed.  The innovators behind OASIS Laboratory are Kemar Codrington (pictured above, left) …

Eagle Beach, Aruba. Image: Chris Ford
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 6, 2019

Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is the Caribbean’s first carbon-neutral resort — The resort has been a pioneer in sustainability in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. From organizing beach cleanups in the very early years, to installing energy efficient appliances and supporting turtle conservation programs, the resort knows the value …

John "Ricky" Wilson. Image: courtesy Ricky Wilson
Interview

Green Antilles interview: Ricky Wilson

The first Green Antilles interview of 2019 is with John “Ricky” Wilson, a sustainable development professional who works mainly in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Ricky’s extensive experience in the fields of environment and disaster risk reduction includes project management, advocacy, negotiation, and conflict resolution. In all his work, he …

Aquaponics. Image: Plant Chicago.
Agriculture

FAO workshop to help Caribbean aquaponics farmers improve market access

This week in Barbados, the FAO will be holding a workshop aimed at helping aquaponics farmers from around the Caribbean build their businesses sustainably: Helping Caribbean aquaponics farmers learn and use efficient business practices that can increase their market access and support more sustainable food production in the region is …

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 …