Marijuana. Image: Conor Lawless
Agriculture

St. Vincent and the Grenadines legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis

The Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday passed into law the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill, which allows for the cultivation and use of marijuana for medicinal and research purposes, and aims to facilitate the establishment of a modern medical marijuana industry: Speaking from SVG, Minister for Agriculture Saboto …

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 …

Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Image: Cameron Khan
General
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Green Antilles link roundup: December 9, 2018

Bahamas committed to marine protection goals — The Bahamas remains committed to setting aside 20 percent of its territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2020, a Cabinet minister has confirmed. … “This would represent 43 newly-proposed marine protected areas, covering more than 8.1m acres of clear, blue ocean.” Caribbean urged …

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 …

Roundup. Image: Mike Mozart
Agriculture

St. Vincent and the Grenadines suspends importation of glyphosate pesticides

Following the outcome of the civil lawsuit against agribusiness company Monsanto, in which the plaintiff successfully argued that the company’s weed-killing product Roundup was responsible for his terminal cancer, the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has put a suspension on the importation of Roundup and other glyphosate-containing pesticides: The …

Installation of solar photovoltaic power system on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House, in Saint Lucia. Image: via OECS Commission
Energy

OECS Commission and Solar Head of State sign agreement for installation of solar PV power system on government buildings

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and Solar Head of State have signed a memorandum of understanding to catalyse the adoption of renewable energy to power public buildings in OECS member countries: The OECS Commission and Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit association working with governments to …