CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year 2017, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman. Image: via CARICOM Today
Energy
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CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year: Suriname’s Hannah Olmberg-Soesman

Hannah Olmberg-Soesman of Suriname was recently declared the 2017 CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year. Ms. Olmberg-Soesman won the award for her work introducing off-grid solar systems to remote rural communities in Suriname: A dynamic entrepreneur with a background in social work and a degree in law, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman has …

Fishing boats, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Fisheries
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Event: Fisherman’s Week of Activities, Barbados

The Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organizations (BARNUFO) will be celebrating National Fisherman’s Week from Sunday June 24 to Saturday June 30, 2018. See the flyers below for full details of the week’s activities. Information is also available at the BARNUFO Facebook page. [Photo: Warren Smart]

Hydroponic farming. Image: Eirik Newth
Agriculture

Agricultural technology advances in the Caribbean

An article from the Saint Lucia Star highlights some of the ways in which technology is modernizing agriculture in the Caribbean, with examples from Barbados and Saint Lucia: Thanks to a boom in ‘green technology’ there are now a lot more tools at their disposal. The uptake of GreenTech among …

Sargassum on a beach in Barbados. Image: via Barbados Government Information Service
Energy

Sargassum invasion a ‘national emergency’ in Barbados

The government of Barbados is treating the massive accumulation of sargassum on the country’s east and south coasts as a national emergency, and is working to find ways to put the seaweed to beneficial use: The influx of sargassum seaweed on beaches across Barbados is being treated as a national …

Barbados Coral Reef Symposium 2018
Biodiversity

Event: Barbados Coral Reef Symposium 2018

The Barbados Coral Reef Restoration Alliance (Corall Barbados) will be hosting the 2018 Barbados Coral Reef Symposium on Friday June 8 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Vaughan, manager of the Coral Restoration program at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef …

Caribbean-Pacific fishers' exchange. Image: via Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism.
Fisheries

Caribbean-Pacific fishers’ exchange encourages sharing of best practices

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in cooperation with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands, have organized a Caribbean-Pacific fishers’ exchange tour, with a specific focus on the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs): The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the FAO …

Blue Mountains, Jamaica. Image: Liam Byrnes.
Climate Change

Caribbean countries are accessing climate finance with support from the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub is helping to improve Caribbean countries’ access to climate finance. In Barbados: The Commonwealth is providing Barbados technical assistance to strengthen its access to climate finance by designing six projects ranging in value from US$90,000 to 10,000,000. The projects are being prepared by the …