Oceans

Video: Deep sea wonders of the Caribbean

Deep Sea Wonders of the Caribbean is a five-part video series that promotes awareness of the Caribbean’s deep oceans. It features footage from an expedition by the E/V Nautilus, which was led by the renowned Professor Robert Ballard. The project which was conceptualised by marine biologist, Dr. Judith Gobin who …

Coconut tree. Image credit: Helen Garfield
Agriculture

New coconut water standard coming for Caribbean producers

As the Caribbean coconut industry continues to grow, the Caribbean Community Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) will be developing new standards for coconut water production: Vendors and other stakeholders in the coconut industry in the Caribbean will soon have to adhere to an improved set of guidelines, under …

Brown Pelican. Image: Spike Stapert via BirdsCaribbean.
Biodiversity

Results of the 2018 Caribbean Waterbird Census are a “mixed picture”

The results of the 2018 Caribbean Waterbird Census are in, and the reports from some islands were discouraging, there were also a few bright spots: Every year, intrepid BirdsCaribbean partners and volunteer citizen scientists put on their water boots and go out to count those birds that frequent our rivers, …

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 …