GWI officials at Kaituma river. Image: GWI via Stabroek News
Fisheries

High levels of mercury found in Kaituma River, Guyana; testing to begin at other sites soon

The Kaituma River was the principal source of potable water for residents of the Port Kaituma community, up until water testing revealed high levels of mercury contamination: Though surface water is the main source of water supply for the residents of Port Kaituma, Region One, the Guyana Water Incorporated has …

Redonda. Image: Lauren Delizia
General

Green Antilles link roundup: July 22, 2018

IUCN publishes new Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands — the guidelines aim to catalyse strategic planning and assist the rational prioritization of scarce resources for successful action against IAS. Barbados mulls offshore energy options — Barbados has opened a call for studies into the potential for offshore wind …

Rice. Image: Mathieu Schoutteten
Agriculture

Guyana’s rice exports increase 43%

Boosted by access to new markets in Latin America, Guyana’s rice exports for the first half of 2018 are more than 40% greater than for the same period of the preceding year: As the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) wraps up its 2018 first crop results from January to June, …

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, …

Breadfruit Tree. Image: Monica.
Agriculture

Guyana to expand breadfruit cultivation

Guyana continues to diversify its agricultural sector, this time by increasing national cultivation of breadfruit: Within the next two years, at least 30 acres of lands in Regions Four, Five, Seven and 10 would be dedicated to breadfruit cultivation in an effort to promote food security and value addition, Dr. …

Guyana's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (right) and Ambassador of Japan to Guyana, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada (left) signing the grants. Image: via Stabroek News.
Energy

Guyana receives multimillion dollar grant from Japan for renewable energy and energy-efficiency

The government of Guyana has signed a grant agreement with Japan for US$17.8 million dollars in funding to expand the use of renewable energy and increase energy efficiency in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city: The Government of Guyana yesterday clinched a deal with Japan for US$17.8m in renewable energy for the …

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 …