We Need to Get Serious: A Call to Action for A Pollution Free Ocean

The Ocean Conference at the UN in New York from June 5 – 9 included a Call to Action. Under the heading Our Ocean, Our Future it is really worthwhile reading the Annex at this link. This provides an overview of the incredible value to humankind of the ocean, which supplies nearly half of the oxygen we … More We Need to Get Serious: A Call to Action for A Pollution Free Ocean

International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas

Today (May 22) is International Day for Biological Diversity and the theme is, appropriately for this region, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. What does much of our region’s tourism depend on? The Caribbean Sea. It’s a special place. Biodiversity – that wide range of species, plant and animal life in the sea and on land that helps to … More International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas

Protect Your Coastlines and Seas from Pollution, Experts Urge Regional Governments

Living as we do on our respective islands and countries bordering the Caribbean Sea, we must realize by now the importance of protecting our vulnerable coastlines. We may not be always aware of our marine biodiversity, however – the incredible variety of species that live beneath the waves and are less visible;  but their fate is … More Protect Your Coastlines and Seas from Pollution, Experts Urge Regional Governments

Regional Pollution and Biodiversity Experts Help the UN Caribbean Environment Programme Develop its 2017-2018 Work Programme for Protecting the Caribbean Sea

I am now once again in “playing catch-up” mode, so forgive me. Several important meetings have been taking place recently related directly to environmental concerns in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and this is perhaps the most critical for our marine environment. Here is a press release regarding a series of meetings in Miami this week, … More Regional Pollution and Biodiversity Experts Help the UN Caribbean Environment Programme Develop its 2017-2018 Work Programme for Protecting the Caribbean Sea

The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day

We must celebrate. We may feel sad for the plight of our oceans, but we must also celebrate what they have given us. A good day to start would be World Oceans Day – Wednesday, June 8. You can find all the information you need on this global “special day” here: http://www.worldoceansday.org I have written before … More The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day

UNEP Caribbean continues to celebrate island beauty with “Biodiversity Through Your Eyes” Photo Competition

Kingston, 23 June: On Thursday, May 22, the International Day For Biological Diversity (IBD), the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) sub-programme at United Nations Environment Programme Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP CEP) launched a photo competition entitled “Biodiversity Through Your Eyes” emphasizing the importance of biodiversity to livelihoods in islands. The competition complements this year’s … More UNEP Caribbean continues to celebrate island beauty with “Biodiversity Through Your Eyes” Photo Competition

UNEP-CEP Preparing Report on the State of the Caribbean’s Marine Environment

Our friends at the UN Environment Programme – the Caribbean Environment Programme based here in Kingston – have a major focus: our beautiful Caribbean Sea. On World Environment Day, UNEP-CEP announced that it will be producing the first-ever report on the state of our marine environment here in the Caribbean. A meeting is currently under … More UNEP-CEP Preparing Report on the State of the Caribbean’s Marine Environment

The Seas Beyond “Our” Seas: CARICOM Workshop Learns from Scientists, Conservationists

It’s a complicated issue, and there are no easy answers. However, scientists, legal and conservation experts at a regional workshop for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states on “the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction” (yes, a very long title) attempted to clarify key issues. The two-day workshop took place … More The Seas Beyond “Our” Seas: CARICOM Workshop Learns from Scientists, Conservationists

The Caribbean recognizes International Day For Biodiversity: “Island Biodiversity”

Please find below a press release from the UN Environment Programme’s Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) based in Kingston, Jamaica, for the International Day for Biodiversity. And Caribbean photographers! UN-CEP today launched a photo competition; the deadline is June 19, so get clicking! More details here: http://www.cep.unep.org/biodiversity-through-your-eyes-photo-competition-is-launching-today and on UNEP-CEP’s Facebook page. Today was also a … More The Caribbean recognizes International Day For Biodiversity: “Island Biodiversity”