Aerial view of Aldabra in the Seychelles. Image credit: Simisa
Oceans
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Innovative Seychelles debt-for-nature swap could be a model for the Caribbean

The Seychelles recently declared two new major marine protected areas as part of a groundbreaking new debt-for-nature swap: The Seychelles has created two vast new marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean after a groundbreaking finance deal brokered by the Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders, including environmentalist and Oscar winner …

Image credit: Dominica Fisheries Department via CRFM
Climate Change
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CRFM and FAO cooperate to make regional fisheries sector more climate resilient

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), with support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is working to develop a climate resilience protocol for managing fisheries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): The CRFM has recently inked an agreement with the FAO that will put the region …

Regional water sector representatives met in Barbados from February 20 to 21, to discuss the development of a regional strategic plan for the water sector. Image via Caribbean News Now.
Water and sanitation

Caribbean water specialists meet to develop a regional water sector strategy

At a recent meeting in Barbados, representatives from several Caribbean water ministries and organizations met to discuss development of a regional strategic plan for the water sector: The plan will propose possible solutions for the challenges facing the industry in the Caribbean, and will be presented at the 8th World …

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 …