Gaiac tree, St. Maarten. Image credit: Mark Yokoyama.
Climate Change

Caribbean must rise to the resilience challenge

Speaking at the recently held Americas Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, Andria Grosvenor of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), along with other regional experts, called for countries to learn from the experiences of the 2017 hurricane season and to seize opportunities to strengthen national and regional resilience: The …

Damaged solar panels on October 10, 2017, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Image: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA via RMI
Climate Change

Recommendations for designing and building hurricane-resilient solar photovoltaic systems

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently published Solar Under Storm, a report which addresses the question of why some solar photovoltaic (PV) survive hurricanes virtually unscathed, while others suffer extensive damage: The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction …

Guadeloupe birds. Image: Nicolas Loison
Biodiversity

Event: BirdsCaribbean International Conference 2019

BirdsCaribbean is inviting birders to save the date for their 22nd International Conference, which will be held in Guadeloupe July 25 to 29, 2019: Planning is underway for the 22nd International Conference of BirdsCaribbean. We are excited to announce that we will be hosted by Parc National de la Guadeloupe …

Electric vehicle charging station. Image: Nick Piggott
Energy
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Event: CARICOM Electric Vehicle workshop and Expo

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat will be hosting an Electric Vehicle (EV) workshop at the Barbados Hilton Hotel on 20–21 June, followed by an EV Expo on 22 June at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium: The activities will be held with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, …

Mangroves, British Virgin Islands. Image: Alan Wolf
Biodiversity

CARICOM developing regional biodiversity strategy

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is moving towards finalising the region’s first biodiversity strategy: More than 50 delegates from around the Region [were] in Guyana for a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) workshop to continue the development of a CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy (CBS). The Workshop [was] held from 14-15 June, 2018, at the …

Cabbage Farm, Haiti. Image: via USAID
Agriculture

Vacancy: Agriculture Emergency Coordinator and DRR Expert, FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations is inviting applications for the position of Agriculture Emergency Coordinator and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Expert. The Expert will perform or assist in the following tasks: Undertake field assessments and evaluations of relief requirements in countries affected by natural and/or man-made …

Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat. Image: via CARICOM Today
Energy

CARICOM to develop sustainable energy communications strategy

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, in collaboration with several partners, will be developing a communications strategy for sustainable energy, in order to create and increase awareness of challenges and opportunities in the energy sector; to facilitate behavioural change at all levels; to encourage innovation; and to facilitate the transition to new …