Working with Nature to reduce disaster risk in Jamaica

A new and significant project was launched on August 31: The “Greening Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster and Risk Reduction: Saving Lives Through Working with Nature” (yes, that is the full name!) – called the “Eco-DRR Project” for short. The project, funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, will take place in just … More Working with Nature to reduce disaster risk in Jamaica

BirdsCaribbean seeks support for Motus, a high-tech bird tracking program

Caribbean birds are in danger, facing a whole range of threats. Mangroves and forests are cleared for tourism developments and housing schemes. Our rivers, wetlands, sea and land are becoming increasingly polluted by agricultural chemicals, mining operations, and waste of all kinds, especially plastics. Invasive species threaten the existence of native and endemic birds. And … More BirdsCaribbean seeks support for Motus, a high-tech bird tracking program

BirdsCaribbean Deeply Concerned Over Threats to Grenada’s Environment from Three Damaging Developments

This is not the first time I have pointed to the major threats to Caribbean coastlines (in particular, mangroves, swamp forest and wetlands in general) from developments, largely of the tourism variety: fancy villas, all inclusives, waterparks, spas, golf courses, marinas, cruise ship ports, and more. More often than not they are funded by “overseas … More BirdsCaribbean Deeply Concerned Over Threats to Grenada’s Environment from Three Damaging Developments

Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya

Yes, the Blue Economy is here! Or is it? At least there are conferences being held about it. Just a few years back, we were talking about the Green Economy, it seems. There was even a Green Economy Scoping Study done for Jamaica (I wonder how that is working out). Now, we have moved, rather … More Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya

On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans love elephants. One could say that they are a cornerstone of Sri Lankan culture and religion. They are also significant for the country’s tourism industry, which is slowly getting back on its feet – eight years after the end of a lingering and bitter conflict that lasted more than twenty years. During a … More On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka

My Weekend Safari

Every weekend, I travel with my smartphone. I go on safari – to Kenya’s Maasai Mara or to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. My traveling companions, on National Geographic Wild’s Safari Live, are men and women driving rugged iron open trucks, keeping up a monologue and trying to keep an eye on the road, … More My Weekend Safari

National Consultation in Jamaica To Update Information on Its Biodiversity Hotspots

Caribbean environmental issues seem to be taking up a lot of energy at the moment. Here is another meeting in Kingston: consultations, in fact, based on the CEPF’s decision to reinvest in the Caribbean. So good news – and I expect, good discussions. It can only benefit Jamaica and, of course, the Caribbean. Here is … More National Consultation in Jamaica To Update Information on Its Biodiversity Hotspots

IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol for the Caribbean

What is the Nagoya Protocol and how is it important for the Caribbean environment? Videos are always a good way of explaining things, and the IUCN and UNEP have partnered on this project to raise awareness and to show how Caribbean people can benefit from the Protocol. I am sure you have heard of intellectual … More IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol for the Caribbean

Environment and Climate Change News: June 25, 2017

So much news! My apologies for the delay in delivering these items to your doorstep… Please click on highlighted links for more details. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaica’s first solar power plant! At last we have a solar power generation plant – in Content District, southern Clarendon. It has been built by Content Solar Ltd., a subsidiary … More Environment and Climate Change News: June 25, 2017