Aquaponics. Image: Plant Chicago.
Agriculture

FAO workshop to help Caribbean aquaponics farmers improve market access

This week in Barbados, the FAO will be holding a workshop aimed at helping aquaponics farmers from around the Caribbean build their businesses sustainably: Helping Caribbean aquaponics farmers learn and use efficient business practices that can increase their market access and support more sustainable food production in the region is …

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 …

Plastic bag. Image: Mitchell Haindfield
Solid waste

Government of Grenada announces ban on Styrofoam and single-use plastics

The importation of Styrofoam has been banned with effect from September 1, 2018, and the sale of Styrofoam will be prohibited starting March 2, 2019. The importation of single-use plastic bags will be illegal as of February 1, 2019. Following additional consultation, other single-use plastics are also scheduled to be …

Lionfish. Image: Laszlo Ilyes
Biodiversity

Sandals Grenada encourages guests to hunt invasive lionfish

At Sandals Grenada, resort guests can get actively involved in combatting the lionfish invasion in the Caribbean: At Sandals Grenada, guests with scuba certifications are encouraged to hunt fish — lionfish, specifically — on their holiday. The species is the cane toad of the Caribbean, invasive and multiplying at lightning …

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, …

Solar Panel. Image: Alberto Martinez
Energy

CARILEC provides training in solar photovoltaic systems

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) recently delivered training to assist participants from three Caribbean countries in becoming certified in the operation and management of solar photovoltaic power systems: The course, officially entitled “Certified Solar Photovoltaic Systems Training Level 1” commenced on July 9, 2018 at the CARILEC Building, …

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 …