Soil. Image: CIAT
Agriculture

How permaculture in the Caribbean can help mitigate climate change

Maintaining and improving soil health is an integral aspect of sustainable agriculture. Not only are healthy soils more productive, they also help to mitigate climate change by absorbing greenhouses gases from the atmosphere. As Daphne Ewing-Chow, writing for Forbes, explains, this is why regenerative agriculture, which reverses land degradation and …

Coral bleaching. Image: Ken Clifton
Oceans

Research finds that in the Caribbean, overseas territories are more vulnerable to coral bleaching than independent countries

According to a new study, independent Caribbean island countries tend to be less vulnerable to coral bleaching than overseas territories: “We were surprised to find that independent islands have lower social-ecological vulnerability than territories…. Territories — such as the Dutch islands of Sint Maarten and Saba — tend to be …

Stony coral tissue loss disease. Image: via US NOAA
Biodiversity
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Stony coral tissue loss disease spreads through the northern Caribbean

In recent weeks both St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands have reported cases of stony coral tissue loss disease. The first incidence of stony coral tissue loss disease was recorded in 2014 in Miami-Dade county in Florida, and the disease has since spread south through the Florida Keys. Outbreaks …

Mayreau. Image: Edoardo Forneris.
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 20, 2019

The Caribbean island of Mayreau could be split in two thanks to erosion — The 300 or so people living on Mayreau are confronted with the real possibility that the sea will split their island in two, and destroy its world famous Salt Whistle Bay. The sliver of land that separates …

Jaguar in Guyana. Image: Rustom Seegopaul.
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 13, 2019

Guyana signs on to a new roadmap to save the jaguar — In an unprecedented global commitment to saving the jaguar, key jaguar range states and leading international conservation organisations joined together to launch the Jaguar 2030 Conservation Roadmap for the Americas. Belize and Suriname are also participating countries in this …

Eagle Beach, Aruba. Image: Chris Ford
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 6, 2019

Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is the Caribbean’s first carbon-neutral resort — The resort has been a pioneer in sustainability in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. From organizing beach cleanups in the very early years, to installing energy efficient appliances and supporting turtle conservation programs, the resort knows the value …

American crocodile. Image: Sergey Yeliseev.
Biodiversity

Crocodile conservation in Jamaica

Jamaica’s National Environment and Planning Agency has launched a programme to improve the conservation status of the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), which is a protected species in Jamaica. The initiative focuses on changing people’s attitudes to and interactions with crocodiles: The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is moving to help …