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 …

Oil rig. Image credit: Marianne Muegenburg Cothern
Oil and gas
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Oil, the environment, and the Caribbean

A thought-provoking article from David Jessop about the environmental risks of petroleum exploration and extraction in the Caribbean: For some time now, small but very active national environmental organisations with popular support have been arguing that the region’s fragile eco-system, its bio-diversity, as well as its dependence on tourism, do …

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad. Image: courtesy of UncommonCaribbean.com/SBPR
Biodiversity
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BirdsCaribbean 9th Annual Caribbean Waterbird Census

BirdsCaribbean is inviting participation in the 2018 Caribbean Waterbird Census: Count Waterbirds in the Caribbean – Join our 2018 Region-wide CWC Count! Do you know of a pond, mangrove swamp or marsh nearby with waterbirds on it? If yes, we invite you to participate in the 9th annual Caribbean Waterbird …

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Environmental Education

Educators being trained to deliver the CAPE Green Engineering syllabus

The list of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subjects now includes Green Engineering, and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is building teachers’ capacity to teach the Green Engineering Syllabus: Educators from six Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, are in the island for a week-long capacity building project intended to improve their …

Wind turbine. Image credit: Paulo Valdivieso
Energy

Event: 2018 Annual Caribbean Energy Conference – January 25 – 26, Nassau, Bahamas

The 18th Annual Caribbean Energy Conference is scheduled to take place January 25 and 26 in Nassau, Bahamas. The agenda includes a session on renewable energy, including speakers from the Caribbean Community Secretariat, the Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Enviva, which is …