Biodiversity
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Following removal of invasive species, Puerto Rico’s Monito gecko population is thriving

The Monito Gecko (Sphaerodactylus micropithecus) is found only on Monito Island, offshore off Puerto Rico. In 1982 the gecko was declared as endangered under U.S. federal law. Since then programmes to eradicate rats from the island have led to a rebound in gecko populations: While hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico continues to …

Radio Casa Pueblo
Energy

Solar-powered community radio in Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria in 2017, community radio station Radio Casa Pueblo, in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, upgraded its infrastructure to become 100% solar powered: Besides reducing costs, this change implies a positive impact for the environment. The development of the project was in charge of Casa Pueblo and Maximo Solar Industries, …

USDA NRCS conservation innovation grants
Agriculture

Opportunity: Conservation Innovation Grants for agricultural lands in the US Caribbean

The United States Departure of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants for qualifying entities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (as well as other US states and territories): Conservation Innovation Grants are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption …

Desecheo Anole found only on Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Photo by Tommy Hall. Copyright: Island Conservation
Biodiversity
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Removal of invasive alien species from offshore islands in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic leads to a rebound in endemic species populations

Island Conservation, an international organization dedicated to preventing species extinctions by removing invasive species from islands, reports that two of its biggest successes of 2017 were in the Caribbean: Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico After more than a decade of conservation intervention, Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is once again safe …