Green Turtle, Cayman Islands. Image: Pete.
Biodiversity

Green turtles have made a comeback in the Cayman Islands due to reintroduction programmes

Science Daily reports on the success of a programme to reintroduce the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) to the Cayman Islands: During the eighties, overexploitation of the green turtle in the Cayman Islands caused the disappearance of nesting populations. To recover this endangered population, a program of reintroduction of the species …

Barbados beach. Image: Ben Geach.
Oceans

Coral reefs worth billions to the Caribbean tourism industry

According to a recent study by the Nature Conservancy, coral reefs contribute over US$7.9 billion annually to the Caribbean economy through tourism. This represents 23% of all tourism expenditures and more than 10% of the region’s GDP. The study, which was supported by JetBlue, the World Travel and Tourism Council, …

Jaguar in Guyana. Image: Rustom Seegopaul.
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 13, 2019

Guyana signs on to a new roadmap to save the jaguar — In an unprecedented global commitment to saving the jaguar, key jaguar range states and leading international conservation organisations joined together to launch the Jaguar 2030 Conservation Roadmap for the Americas. Belize and Suriname are also participating countries in this …

Eagle Beach, Aruba. Image: Chris Ford
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 6, 2019

Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is the Caribbean’s first carbon-neutral resort — The resort has been a pioneer in sustainability in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. From organizing beach cleanups in the very early years, to installing energy efficient appliances and supporting turtle conservation programs, the resort knows the value …

Training participants. Image: via Loop Cayman
Agriculture

Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture delivers training in use and handling of pesticides

Loop Cayman reports that 22 people recently benefited from training in the safe use and handling of pesticide products: Twenty-two individuals recently completed the Department of Agriculture’s (DoA) “Safe Use and Handling of Pesticide Products” course. To date almost 300 persons have received training through the programme which began in …

Solar Panel Array. Image: David Goehring.
Energy

Cayman Islands to embark on a “radical” renewable energy transformation

The Cayman Islands Journal reports on plans to transform Cayman’s energy sector, moving from 5% renewable energy to 70% in just twenty years: Cayman’s energy market will need to see a radical transformation over the next two decades to meet the ambitious goals outlined in the first National Energy Policy …

Soufriere Hills, Montserrat. Image: Jennifer Krauel.
Biodiversity

Brexit implications for conservation in the Caribbean

The UK’s Independent reports on how the loss of access to European Union conservation funding after Brexit could impact conservation programmes in UK overseas territories in the Caribbean and elsewhere: Whales migrating across the Atlantic Ocean, turtles in the Caribbean and unique cloud forests in St Helena are all under …