Saint Lucia's Governor General Sir Neville Cenac, with Ambassador Jukka Pietikainen of Finland. Image via loopslu.com
Energy

Saint Lucia, Finland discuss cooperation on clean energy

Finland’s new Ambassador to Saint Lucia has indicated his country’s interest in strengthening cooperation in the area of renewable energy: Saint Lucia first established diplomatic relations with Finland in 2009 leading the way for its sister territories in the OECS, who subsequently embraced Finland at the diplomatic level in 2010. …

Bouillante geothermal plant, Guadeloupe. Image © OECS.
Energy

Geothermal energy “holds real promise” for the Eastern Caribbean

In an article on the London School of Economics website, Judith Ephraim of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, writes about the prospects for geothermal energy development in the Eastern Caribbean region: Though there is currently just one operational geothermal plant in the Caribbean, on the French island …

Flying fish. Image credit: John Cobb.
Fisheries

Eastern Caribbean countries participate in project to manage shared flyingfish fishery

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading several countries in projects to support sustainable management of the Eastern Caribbean flyingfish fishery: Seven Caribbean countries are participating in a recently launched series of subprojects which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading under a sustainable management initiative for the …

Solar panels, Abu Dhabi. Image credit: gordontour
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United Arab Emirates provides funding for renewable energy development in the Caribbean

At the recently concluded 8th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) the United Arab Emirates announced its continued funding support for renewable energy development in the Caribbean: The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, valued at AED183.6 million (US$50 million), has launched its second funding cycle by establishing partnerships with …

Soufriere volcano, St. VIncent. Image credit: UWI Seismic Research Centre
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European Union and Caribbean Development Bank support geothermal energy development in the Eastern Caribbean

The European Union and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are partnering to provide grant funding to enable the development of 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines: The project … will help geothermal energy development in the …

Johanan Dujon. Image credit: Johanan Dujon
Agriculture

Saint Lucian Johanan Dujon turns sargassum seaweed into organic fertilizer

Young Saint Lucia entrepreneur Johanan Dujon has started what has been described as “the Caribbean’s first indigenous agriculture biotech company“, turning sargassum seaweed into fertilizer. From Caribbean Beat: Last year, Dujon was a presenter at the Earth Optimism Summit organised by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The inaugural event …

Saint Lucia Parrot. Image credit: act-parrots.org
Biodiversity

Saint Lucia: birthplace of the Rare approach to conservation

Rare is an international conservation organization that uses behaviour change approaches to protect and preserve species and habitats across the world.  Did you know that the Rare approach to conservation actually originated in Saint Lucia? On his first day in St. Lucia, Paul Butler hiked to the edge of the …