Produce grown by ESTM students is used in the school’s cafeteria and sold in the community. Image credit: CDB
Agriculture

Caribbean Development Bank supports education for agriculture in Belize

The Caribbean Development Bank is planting a seed to shape the future of agriculture in Belize: For over 185 students in Belize’s Corozal District, an opportunity to test their green thumbs is creating a great deal of excitement. A new state-of-the-art greenhouse constructed at the Escuela Secundaria Técnica México (ESTM) …

Solar panels, Abu Dhabi. Image credit: gordontour
Energy
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United Arab Emirates provides funding for renewable energy development in the Caribbean

At the recently concluded 8th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) the United Arab Emirates announced its continued funding support for renewable energy development in the Caribbean: The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, valued at AED183.6 million (US$50 million), has launched its second funding cycle by establishing partnerships with …

International Atomic Energy Agency
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 …

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