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 …

Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Image: Cameron Khan
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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 …

Guaiacum officinale, an endangered Caribbean plant. Image: via Wikipedia
Biodiversity

Caribbean scientists receive training in endangered species assessment

Scientists from six Caribbean countries recently participated in a training course in The Bahamas on how to assess potentially threatened and endangered species for classification on the IUCN Red List: Fourteen Bahamian and eight Caribbean experts took part in a week of training in Nassau on how to assess threatened …

Solar panels. Image: Windwärts Energie.
Energy

Pessimism about The Bahamas’ renewable energy targets

The Bahamas has set a target of producing 30% of its energy needs from sustainable sources by the year 2030.  However, the Bahamas Tribune reports that there are doubts about whether that goal is feasible: The Bahamas “is never going to make” the National Energy Policy’s (NEP) goals, providers warned …

Bahamas spiny lobster. Image: Rüdiger Stehn
Fisheries

Bahamas Spiny Lobster fishery certified as sustainable

The Bahamas spiny lobster fishery is the first Caribbean fishery to receive Marine Stewardship Council certification:  The Bahamas spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery is the world’s first Caribbean fishery to be awarded Marine Stewardship Council certification, after a detailed 19-month assessment.The analysis was conducted by third-party assessment body Control Union …

Redonda. Image: Lauren Delizia
General

Green Antilles link roundup: July 22, 2018

IUCN publishes new Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands — the guidelines aim to catalyse strategic planning and assist the rational prioritization of scarce resources for successful action against IAS. Barbados mulls offshore energy options — Barbados has opened a call for studies into the potential for offshore wind …

Bonefish Pond, The Bahamas. Image: via Panoramio.
Biodiversity

Mangrove restoration in The Bahamas

As part of the Global Environment Facility-funded Integrated Water and Coastal Area Management (IWCAM) Project, the Bahamas National Trust and The Nature Conservancy spearheaded the restoration of the Bonefish Pond National Park, removing tonnes of waste, improving water flow, and replanting mangroves.  Five years after the conclusion of IWCAM Project, monitoring …