Imperial Amazon parrot, Dominica. Image: via earth.com
Biodiversity

Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots is revealed to have engaged in questionable practices, including in the Caribbean

From the Guardian, a comprehensively researched exposé of a shady “conservation” organisation and its questionable dealings in endangered parrots, including birds from Dominica, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) is home to one of the largest private collections of threatened …

Soufriere, Saint Lucia. Image: Daniel Berek
Energy

Saint Lucia calls for greater Caribbean cooperation on geothermal development

At a recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) geothermal energy roundtable, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Energy made a call for greater Caribbean cooperation on geothermal project development: While several territories of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States are pushing their own domestic agendas in geothermal development, the roundtable discussion …

Aquaponics. Image: Plant Chicago.
Agriculture

FAO workshop to help Caribbean aquaponics farmers improve market access

This week in Barbados, the FAO will be holding a workshop aimed at helping aquaponics farmers from around the Caribbean build their businesses sustainably: Helping Caribbean aquaponics farmers learn and use efficient business practices that can increase their market access and support more sustainable food production in the region is …

Caribbean Sea, Carriacou. Image: Vlad Podvorny.
Oceans

Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project to stimulate development of the blue economy in the Eastern Caribbean

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is implementing the recently launched Caribbean Regional Oceanscape project, which aims to strengthen integrated oceans management in the Eastern Caribbean: The Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), administered by the World Bank, and is being implemented by the Organisation …

Styrofoam cup. Image: Alan Antiporda
Solid waste
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Saint Lucia to ban the use of Styrofoam and plastic food service containers

Another Caribbean country has announced measures to phase out and ultimately prohibit single-use Styrofoam and plastics. From the St. Lucia Times: Saint Lucia plans to  phase-out  Styrofoam food service containers and plastics, both plates and cups, beginning December 1, 2018, with a total ban on their importation before the end …

Saint Lucia solar farm. Image: via Saint Lucia News Online
Energy

3MW solar farm officially opened in Saint Lucia

The first utility-scale renewable energy development in Saint Lucia was officially opened August 9, 2018. The opening ceremony was attended by Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, former US President Bill Clinton, and former President of Costa Rica, José María Figueres. LoopTT reports on former President Clinton’s remarks at the …

Solar Panel. Image: Alberto Martinez
Energy

CARILEC provides training in solar photovoltaic systems

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) recently delivered training to assist participants from three Caribbean countries in becoming certified in the operation and management of solar photovoltaic power systems: The course, officially entitled “Certified Solar Photovoltaic Systems Training Level 1” commenced on July 9, 2018 at the CARILEC Building, …