Climate Change

How the Caribbean can lead in disaster preparedness

Writing at Devex, Magda Theodate suggests five things Caribbean countries to do to set global benchmarks for disaster preparedness and recovery: Since experts warn of more frequent and powerful storms in the coming years, it’s important to quickly identify lessons learned from recent disasters, and implement improvements that not only …

One of the new fish species discovered in the Caribbean deep reefs. Image: Carole Baldwin, Smithsonian
Biodiversity

New fish species discovered in the Caribbean’s “rariphotic” ocean zones

Researchers at the Smithsonian Institute’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) and the University of Washington have discovered several new deep reef fish species in the Caribbean: University of Washington scientists are joining the Smithsonian to identify fish in deep reefs that are still a total mystery. Preliminary work suggest that one-third …

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Climate Change

Caribbean Tourism Organization launches climate resilience awareness campaign

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has recently launched a regional awareness campaign with a focus on climate resilience and sustainability: “The Caribbean tourism product is to a large extent based on the natural environment, and as such CTO and our member countries are committed to safeguarding these resources on which …

Tuna. Image: Bart via Flickr
Fisheries

Project launched to test mercury levels in fish in the Caribbean

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean will son be starting to project to test the levels of mercury in fish in the region: Trinidad and Tobago is one of several Caribbean countries that will soon be participating in a biomonitoring project to evaluate mercury levels in fish regularly …

Caribbean Aerial Mapping Imagery. Photo: Marjo Aho via the Nature Conservancy
Biodiversity

Nature Conservancy and partners launch project to create aerial maps of Caribbean coral reefs

The Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean will be working with several partners to create the first high-resolution map of the shallow waters of the entire Caribbean basin: Groundbreaking photos of this innovative mission were released this morning, showcasing the revolutionary technology. The goal of this initative, the likes of which …

Reef and fish. Image: Jeff Mitton
Climate Change

Reefs help protect vulnerable Caribbean fish from climate change

Science Daily reports on a new study about how bigger, healthier reefs can help protect the Caribbean’s fisheries from the impacts of ocean warming due to climate change: New research from UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries suggests that larger reef areas may help protect the Caribbean’s coral reef …

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s new Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Holger Michael. Image via CARICOM Today
Oceans

Germany to provide financing for marine protection in the Caribbean

The Federal Government of Germany continues to contribute to marine conservation in the Caribbean. From CARICOM Today: Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s new Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Holger Michael, signed an agreement totalling 25,700,000 euros on Monday for a Sustainable Financing Mechanism for …