Migratory shorebirds like Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderlings rely on Caribbean beaches and wetlands for a safe haven during migration and overwintering.. Image credit: Max Schwenne.
Biodiversity

Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back

BirdsCaribbean Media Release — The fall of 2017 was hard for the Caribbean. Hurricanes beat on our islands, destroying homes, toppling trees and darkening cities. The storms hurt both people and nature, damaging forests, wetlands, and the animals that live in them. Despite these tests, bird fans across the region …

Sea level rise projections for Kingston, Jamaica. Image: Nickolay Lamm for Climate Central
Climate Change

Striking images illustrate Caribbean impacts of sea level rise

Via Climate Central, a series of science-based illustrations that demonstrate the impact that rising sea levels, resulting from climate change, could have on Caribbean cities: According to Climate Central: The first image in each pair … shows projections of post-2100 sea level rise that could be locked in following 4°C …

35th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean. Image via FAO
Agriculture

Event: 35th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be holding its 35th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from March 5 to 8, 2018. The Conference will focus on eradicating hunger, overweight, and obesity; putting an end to rural poverty; promoting …

Wind turbines, Aruba. Image: Robert R Gigliotti
Energy

Barbadian economist urges greater uptake of renewable energy technologies

Barbadian economist Dr. DeLisle Worrell believes that the Caribbean has been too slow in taking advantage of the renewable energy sector: Delivering the inaugural Confucius lecture at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination on Wednesday night, former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell pointed out …

St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma. Image: Netherlands Red Cross via IFRC
Climate Change

Briefing paper on ‘building back better’ in the Caribbean

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently published a briefing paper titled ‘Building back better’: a resilient Caribbean after the 2017 hurricanes: There is no ‘quick fix’ for building resilience in the Caribbean, but disasters do provide a space for reflection, as well as an opportunity for policies and investments that …

IICA Director General, Dr. Manuel Otero. Image via: IICA
Agriculture

IICA Director General charts the course for agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

The new Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Dr. Manuel Otero, has laid out his vision for the future of agriculture in the region: We must broaden the limited perception of agriculture as a mere supplier of raw materials for global value chains. Instead, we …

Bilateral meeting between CARICOM Secretariat and representatives of UN Environment's Latin America and Caribbean office. Image © Caribbean Community.
General

Caribbean Community and UN Environment to strengthen cooperation

UN Environment, via its regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, is moving toward greater cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has expressed strong interest in strengthening its collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to improve environmental sustainability in the Region. Regional Director …