A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

In the Caribbean, we are small. Although in Jamaica we tend to think of ourselves as a “larger” island, in the scheme of things only Cuba and Hispaniola can claim to be quite sizeable. And yet, as they say, “small is beautiful.” And one place that fits that description perfectly is Coral Cove in Grenada. … More A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

Jamaican Conservationist Honored as Biodiversity ‘Hotspot Hero’ by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

What better news on International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) than this wonderful award for Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director of the Clarendon-based Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), in the Portland Bight Protected Area. If you scroll back through my blog, you will see several articles about the work of C-CAM and the amazingly beautiful and … More Jamaican Conservationist Honored as Biodiversity ‘Hotspot Hero’ by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

Disaster preparedness and risk management is so critical for our fragile island states, in these uncertain times of climate change. Yes, we have heard it all before, but it bears repeating. Many of our sister islands face specific challenges – including volcanic activity. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are an example. With a small population, … More Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

The Commonwealth Foundation Sees Gender and Climate Change Through a Caribbean Lens

The discussions were frank and open. As Jamaica Environment Trust’s Executive Director Suzanne Stanley put it, the Commonwealth Foundation’s Second Conversation on “Exploring the Intersection Between Gender and Climate Change in the Caribbean” was “diverse, lively, sometimes even heated!” The discussion was a partnership with the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) at United … More The Commonwealth Foundation Sees Gender and Climate Change Through a Caribbean Lens

The Concretization of Jamaica Continues: Plans for the “New Negril” (A New Miami South Beach?)

It seems that the “concretization” of our coastline is to continue, and all in the name of tourism dollars. Yes, I know that’s not a real word, but it sprang to mind! I have been somewhat out of the loop for a while, but am trying to catch up. Below I am copying and pasting … More The Concretization of Jamaica Continues: Plans for the “New Negril” (A New Miami South Beach?)

Good Green News 1: Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles Coming for the Caribbean

News on climate change and a range of environmental issues – both local and overseas – is coming in thick and fast at the moment. I am writing an environmental news overview at the moment, but events are overtaking me! Meanwhile, this press release from the UN Environmental Programme was one piece of encouraging news … More Good Green News 1: Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles Coming for the Caribbean

New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains

It is wonderful to hear about two major research programmes that have started up in the Upper Rio Grande Valley in Portland, a part of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – thanks to generous donors. Both the species under investigation are extremely vulnerable, for differing reasons. Fundamentally, though, they are threatened by … More New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains

The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Coffee News from the Blue Mountains

Last year we had a memorable trip up into the Yallahs-Hope Watershed with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). As part of the project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), farmers are trained in Field Schools in sustainable land management. There is also a push towards agro-forestry, which … More Coffee News from the Blue Mountains

“No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas

It is a little late to inform you about this particular event – but the message must go out, anyway. First thing tomorrow morning (Friday, February 16, 8:00 a.m.), in Papine Square, St. Andrew, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will host an “Anti-burning Road Show,” in partnership with the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Forestry Department, Rural … More “No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas