Mayreau. Image: Edoardo Forneris.
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 20, 2019

The Caribbean island of Mayreau could be split in two thanks to erosion — The 300 or so people living on Mayreau are confronted with the real possibility that the sea will split their island in two, and destroy its world famous Salt Whistle Bay. The sliver of land that separates …

Soufriere volcano, St. VIncent. Image credit: UWI Seismic Research Centre
Energy

CDB and IDB continue to support geothermal energy development in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are continuing to provide financial support for Caribbean geothermal energy initiatives: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has mobilised more than USD85 million to increase the Region’s energy security through geothermal energy development. On …

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 …