Mangroves, British Virgin Islands. Image: Alan Wolf

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

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

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 …

Sargassum on a Tobago beach. Image: rjsinenomine

Green Antilles link roundup: June 9, 2018

Tesla’s Musk: 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico — Energy storage and solar panel manufacturer Tesla has about 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico, CEO Elon Musk tweeted… Cutting maritime GHG emissions in focus at Jamaica workshop — Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and port operations were …

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Vacancy: Sustainable Energy Policy Advisor, CARICOM Secretariat

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the CARICOM Secretariat are inviting applications for the position of Sustainable Energy Policy Advisor: The Policy Advisor will work as a member of the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) team and supports the Energy Programme of …

Sponges. Image: Chris Nelson

US National Science Foundation awards grant for study of sponges in the Caribbean

A team of researchers in the US have received grant funding from the National Science Foundation (US NSF) to study microbially mediated ecological diversification in sponges found in the Caribbean. Team member Dr. Cara Fiore explains: “Coral reefs represent a paradox because, despite their immense productivity and biodiversity, they are …

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Caribbean oil discoveries trigger big offshore technology contracts

From Offshore Support Journal, and article about the ongoing developments in offshore oil exploration in the Caribbean: A string of deep-water discoveries in the Caribbean has triggered a torrent of activity in the offshore supply industry, as one nation after another invites the exploration industry to drill for hydrocarbons in …