Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017


As you may have noticed in various posts on this blog – in the past year or two, at least – the impact of tourism developments on the environment cannot be overstated. Sand has been removed from beaches to create new beaches at new tourism resorts (they have created a “fake beach” recently at the … More Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017

Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition


Earlier this year, I told you about BRACED II, a USAID-funded program that is so much more than a “housing project,” but a much wider and all-encompassing one that has a strong philosophy behind it. What is that philosophy? Well, for me it seems to be a determined effort to work within communities – unplanned and unregulated, … More Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition

Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding


The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has just issued a new Call for Proposals for projects that help communities across the island adapt to climate change. This is part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) US$1.4 million Adaptation Program and Financing Mechanisms for Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), rolled out by EFJ in collaboration with … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding

Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Grants Totaling J$84.9 Million Will Help Communities with Climate Change Adaptation


This is very exciting news for Jamaica’s fight against climate change. No less than eighteen non-governmental and community-based organizations will receive grants totaling close to J$85 million next Monday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Knutsford Court Hotel. And more grants are being reviewed for approval next month. I will be sharing more information … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Grants Totaling J$84.9 Million Will Help Communities with Climate Change Adaptation

Coping with Climate Change Part 2: Jamaicans with Disabilities


“When everyone is on board, we can see that it works.” So said one presenter at an important media training workshop hosted by Panos Caribbean in Kingston. She was referring to an early warning system for people with disabilities in three communities in and around Portmore, St. Catherine. The Panos workshop was funded by the … More Coping with Climate Change Part 2: Jamaicans with Disabilities

African Postman: Sudanese Volunteers Help with Flood Relief


Disaster preparedness and response is something that we are all concerned with these days in the developing world – more than ever before. The impact of climate change is real. This is an encouraging story from the United States Institute of Peace on how community volunteers can make a difference. You can read the story … More African Postman: Sudanese Volunteers Help with Flood Relief