Imperial Amazon parrot, Dominica. Image: via earth.com
Biodiversity

Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots is revealed to have engaged in questionable practices, including in the Caribbean

From the Guardian, a comprehensively researched exposé of a shady “conservation” organisation and its questionable dealings in endangered parrots, including birds from Dominica, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) is home to one of the largest private collections of threatened …

Soufriere, Saint Lucia. Image: Daniel Berek
Energy

Saint Lucia calls for greater Caribbean cooperation on geothermal development

At a recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) geothermal energy roundtable, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Energy made a call for greater Caribbean cooperation on geothermal project development: While several territories of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States are pushing their own domestic agendas in geothermal development, the roundtable discussion …

Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Image: Cameron Khan
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Green Antilles link roundup: December 9, 2018

Bahamas committed to marine protection goals — The Bahamas remains committed to setting aside 20 percent of its territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2020, a Cabinet minister has confirmed. … “This would represent 43 newly-proposed marine protected areas, covering more than 8.1m acres of clear, blue ocean.” Caribbean urged …

Caribbean Sea, Carriacou. Image: Vlad Podvorny.
Oceans

Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project to stimulate development of the blue economy in the Eastern Caribbean

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is implementing the recently launched Caribbean Regional Oceanscape project, which aims to strengthen integrated oceans management in the Eastern Caribbean: The Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), administered by the World Bank, and is being implemented by the Organisation …

Styrofoam. Image: frankieleon
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Dominica to ban plastics and Styrofoam by January 2019

Dominica is the latest Caribbean country moving to prohibit the importation of plastics and Styrofoam: Government has announced a decision to ban a number of items considered to be inimical to the environment including plastic and Styrofoam containers by 1 January 2019. The announcement, made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit …

Compost bin. Image: Gail Langellotto
Solid waste

Dominicans urged to compost “as much as possible”

The manager of Dominica’s sole sanitary landfill is encouraging Dominicans to compost more in order to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfill: Manager of the Sanitary Landfill, Jeno Jacob has said about forty-five percent of compostable waste end up at the landfill. This he revealed while addressing …

Drip. Image: Paul B
Climate Change

Rainwater harvesting for water security in the Caribbean

From The Conversation, an article about how the potential for rainwater harvesting, using a new ferrocement tank design and biosand filters, could enhance  water security and climate resilience in the Caribbean: [V]ery few Caribbean countries have taken action to implement rainwater harvesting on any significant scale. In Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, …