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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 …

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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 …

Cannabis farm, Jamaica. Image: Cannabis Pictures
Agriculture

Jamaica moving “aggressively” to gain access to world medical marijuana markets

Jamaica’s minister with responsibility for agriculture has indicated his commitment to the development of the country’s medical marijuana industry: Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says he will be moving to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry. Jamaica has …

St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. Image: Laura Raccio/UNDP Jamaica.
Agriculture

Small farmers in Jamaica to learn climate-smart agriculture skills

Thousands of smallholding farmers in Jamaica will be exposed to training on the use of climate-smart practices and information communications technology in agriculture: Under the project, dubbed ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-smart Agriculture in selected African, Caribbean and Pacific countries’, to be implemented in three beneficiary countries – Jamaica, Mali …

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 …