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
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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 …

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Agriculture

Trinidad and Tobago launches “Don’t pack a pest” campaign

With support from the United States Department of Agriculture, Trinidad and Tobago has launched a programme to prevent the accidental introduction of agricultural pests via passenger luggage: There is a high risk of diseases such as Foot and Mouth crossing the border from Venezuela and entering T&T, said Agriculture Minister …

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Solid waste

Head of Trinidad and Tobago’s solid waste agency calls for more recycling

Trinidad and Tobago’s Solid Waste Management Company is working to increase the country’s waste recycling rate: The Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) processes 30 tonnes of plastic every month, which is less than one per cent of the plastic generated by the people of TT. SWMCOL CEO Ronald Roach added …

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Hazardous Substances and Waste

Calls for a contaminated land inventory for Trinidad and Tobago

Environmentalists in Trinidad and Tobago are warning that there are several contaminated sites across the country that are having adverse impacts on the environment and human health and well-being: A Joint Select Committee of Parliament inquiring into waste management policies has been told that as an industrialised country T&T needs …

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Biodiversity

Trinidad and Tobago aims to have the Main Ridge Forest Reserve designated as a World Heritage Site

The Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago is the oldest legally designated forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere. The government of Trinidad and Tobago recently declared Main Ridge as a National Heritage Site, and are hoping that the Reserve will become the country’s first entry on the UNESCO World Heritage …

Institute of Marine Affairs Public Lecture Series
Event

Event: Institute of Marine Affairs lecture series – Science and Innovation for Marine Conservation

The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in Trinidad and Tobago is marking its 40th anniversary with a series of lectures on the theme “Science and Innovation for Marine Conservation”: How can marine science help us contribute to the sustainable management of our livelihoods, jobs and our energy-based sectors? We can …