Suriname flowers. Image: Joost Beljon
Biodiversity

Regional biodiversity information portal launched

The Caribbean Biodiversity Information Portal was officially launched August 9, 2018 in Barbados. The Barbados Advocate reports: Speaking at the official launching ceremony … Assistant Curator of the Natural History Department at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Kerron Hamblin, revealed that the project was a year long regional project …

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Energy

Solar power for rural electrification in Suriname

A report from the Inter-American Development Bank on Suriname’s first solar power plant for rural communities: The plant, with a capacity of 500 kW, will provide 24 hours electricity to the rural community of Pokigron and to Atjoni under the operational responsibility of EBS, the state-owned electric utility of Suriname, …

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Climate Change

Environment on the agenda at Caribbean theology conference

From Repeating Islands, a report on the recently held 19th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today, which focussed on climate change and the environment: Curaçao-based Nobo reports that the 19th Conference of Theology in the Caribbean recently took place in Suriname. The Conference saw the participation of 30 persons, …

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Agriculture

FAO, Mexico to assist Caribbean countries with climate resilient agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the government of Mexico have established a fund to help fourteen Caribbean countries leverage additional financial support to make their agricultural systems more climate resilient: Fourteen countries from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have agreed to boost their resilience and …

CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year 2017, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman. Image: via CARICOM Today
Energy
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CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year: Suriname’s Hannah Olmberg-Soesman

Hannah Olmberg-Soesman of Suriname was recently declared the 2017 CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year. Ms. Olmberg-Soesman won the award for her work introducing off-grid solar systems to remote rural communities in Suriname: A dynamic entrepreneur with a background in social work and a degree in law, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman has …

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Oil and gas

Offshore oil discovery in Suriname is “almost a certainty”

The CEO of Suriname’s state oil company is confident of a major oil find in Suriname’s offshore waters: “It’s not a question of whether we will find oil offshore, it’s a question of when,” says Rudolf Elias, Managing Director and CEO. “Chances of success are greater than 50% and I …

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Oil and gas
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Caribbean oil discoveries trigger big offshore technology contracts

From Offshore Support Journal, and article about the ongoing developments in offshore oil exploration in the Caribbean: A string of deep-water discoveries in the Caribbean has triggered a torrent of activity in the offshore supply industry, as one nation after another invites the exploration industry to drill for hydrocarbons in …