Riverton fire. Image: via Mixx 102.
Air pollution

Calls for government agencies to face legal action over recurring landfill fires in Jamaica

Fires at the Riverton landfill in Jamaica have become a routine occurrence, and constitute a major threat to environmental quality, public health, and safety. A recent editorial in the Jamaica Gleaner calls for various government agencies to be held accountable for infringing on citizens’ right to a healthy environment: This newspaper endorses the …

Cuba coast. Image: Alessandro Caproni
General

Green Antilles link roundup: August 11, 2018

Strengthening Cuban coastal landscape in the face of climate change — The Cuban authorities in the 1990s began to modify the management of coastal areas, which was accelerated with the implementation in 2017 of the first government plan to address climate change, better known as Life Task. Reinventing islands —The …

Karen McDonald Gayle. Image: courtesy Karen McDonald Gayle
Biodiversity
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Green Antilles interview: Karen McDonald Gayle

The Green Antilles interview today is with Karen McDonald Gayle. Karen works with the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, helping to establish sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean.   Please tell Green Antilles readers about yourself, your work as an environmental professional and what that work involves. My early work …

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, …

Cockpit Country, Jamaica. Image: Marcel Holyoak.
General

In Jamaica, Cockpit Country communities raise concerns about protected area designation

In November 2017, Jamaica’s Prime Minister declared the boundaries of the Cockpit Country Protected Area. Recently residents of communities in Cockpit Country have expressed concerns about what seems to them a lack of transparency in the process of designating and officially establishing the protected area. The Jamaica Environment Trust has …

Fisher, Jamaica. Image: davidbaxendale.com
Fisheries

Jamaican fisherfolk recognised for their contribution to sustainable development

More news on fisherfolk celebrations from around the Caribbean, this time from the fishing community in Jamaica: New Fortress Energy (NFE) has joined the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (CCAM) Foundation in lauding the hard-working men and women of the fishing community …

Haitian students plant trees to help local birds. Image: Société Écologique d’Haïti via BirdsCaribbean
Biodiversity

Bird festival inspires youth across the Caribbean

BirdsCaribbean media release — “We’re so excited to have an event in Haiti this year!” Ingrid Flores is delighted to add a new country to her map of events. She is the coordinator of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF). It is organized every year by BirdsCaribbean. Partners across the …