Aerial view of Aldabra in the Seychelles. Image credit: Simisa
Oceans
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Innovative Seychelles debt-for-nature swap could be a model for the Caribbean

The Seychelles recently declared two new major marine protected areas as part of a groundbreaking new debt-for-nature swap: The Seychelles has created two vast new marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean after a groundbreaking finance deal brokered by the Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders, including environmentalist and Oscar winner …

Science without Borders® Challenge 2018
Oceans

Science without Borders Challenge 2018 – international student art contest

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation — Science without Borders® Challenge is an international art contest open to students between the ages of 11 and 19. Each year, the contest focuses on the need for protection and restoration of the world’s marine and aquatic ecosystems. This year’s competition celebrates …

Coral close-up. Image credit: Mathias Appel
Oceans

Coral bleaching has become the new normal

A recently published study reveals that mass coral bleaching is occuring with increasing regularity, posing a major threat to marine ecosystems and the lives they support: A new study published in the journal Science reveals that such events occurred just once every 25-30 years in the early 1980s, but that …

World Wetlands Day 2018. Image via worldwetlandsday.org
Biodiversity

World Wetlands Day 2018

February 2 is World Wetlands Day. The day is an annual celebration of the entry into force of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and provides a special opportunity to raise awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. The theme of World Wetlands Day 2018 is Urban wetlands making cities livable. …

Webinar: Gender Mainstreaming In Global Climate Finance Mechanisms. Image via Women's Environment and Development Organization.
Climate Change

Webinar: Gender mainstreaming in global climate finance mechanisms – February 1, 2018

On Thursday February 1, 2018, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) will be presenting a webinar on gender mainstreaming in global climate finance mechanisms: Join us for the second session of our five part series on women’s rights and climate finance, aiming to build knowledge and power to ensure …

Piping plover. Image credit: Billtacular
Biodiversity

Canadian conservationists call for more protection of the piping plover in its Caribbean wintering grounds

Cross-border conservation cooperation is essential for the preservation of migratory species like the piping plover, which spends summers in North America and winters in the Caribbean. Canada’s CBC News reports that Canadian conservationists want more protection of the plover in its winter habitats: It’s a mystery with enormous consequences for …

1.5 to stay alive. Image via 1point5.info
Climate Change

UN draft reports says 1.5 global warming goal is “very unlikely” but doable

1.5 to stay alive has been the climate change rallying cry of the Caribbean and other small island developing states even before it became an official target under the Paris Agreement. A draft UN report says that the goal of keeping global temperature increases below 1.5 ºCelsius is unlikely to be …