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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, …

Installation of solar photovoltaic power system on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House, in Saint Lucia. Image: via OECS Commission
Energy

OECS Commission and Solar Head of State sign agreement for installation of solar PV power system on government buildings

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and Solar Head of State have signed a memorandum of understanding to catalyse the adoption of renewable energy to power public buildings in OECS member countries: The OECS Commission and Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit association working with governments to …

Fishers in Barbados. Image: georg_neu
Climate Change

FAO helping Eastern Caribbean fisherfolk adapt to climate change

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector Project (CC4FISH) with the aim of increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts in the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector. A workshop on climate change adaptation and …

Landscape, Barbados. Image: OakleyOriginals
Agriculture

FAO, Mexico to assist Caribbean countries with climate resilient agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the government of Mexico have established a fund to help fourteen Caribbean countries leverage additional financial support to make their agricultural systems more climate resilient: Fourteen countries from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have agreed to boost their resilience and …

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit plants trees in Dominica. Image: via Roosevelt Skerrit Facebook page.
Biodiversity

Prime Minister of Dominica plants trees to mark World Environment Day

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica planted over 80 trees last week as part of national celebrations of World Environment Day: Tuesday, June 5th was recognized as World Environment Day and that day was marked in Dominica with tree-planting exercise geared at restoring and preserving the island’s natural environment. World …