The International Seabed Authority, Greenpeace and Deep Sea Mining


Five years ago, I attended one of the annual meetings of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). It was their 20th-anniversary session. In case you did not know, this UN body is headquartered in Kingston, and meetings take place once a year at the Jamaica Conference Centre. At the time, I wrote about the crisis facing … More The International Seabed Authority, Greenpeace and Deep Sea Mining

A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”


The recent tendency to redesign the city of Kingston (especially uptown areas) for automobiles rather than people is a deeply worrying trend. I have written and spoken on this topic many times in the past year or so, as have others. The so-called “Golden Triangle” (actually, Seymour Lands) is my neck of the woods. It … More A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”

Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons


Three Jamaican short films are on the agenda of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, which opens in Toronto on September 5. The two I have reviewed below will be screened on September 19, along with The Incursion (which I will review separately) and Kaneal Gayle’s film Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, a short documentary which you will find reviewed elsewhere. Kinto … More Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Holds Regional Training Workshop at Port Royal Marine Laboratory


Our coral reefs are amazing, precious ecosystems. But in the face of all the ongoing conservation challenges, how can we do a better job of  monitoring the health of our reefs, while continuing to raise awareness of their tremendous value to the region? This workshop will address some of these issues at the Port Royal Marine … More Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Holds Regional Training Workshop at Port Royal Marine Laboratory

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

Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project


I am a little late in sharing this September 19, 2016 press release from our friends at the United Nations Environment Programme – Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) about a very important project that opened very  recently (on September 20-21) in Kingston. Topics such as International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management are of … More Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project

JET Launches International Coastal Cleanup Day with Release of Research on Garbage in Montego Bay


I am sorry I was not able to get out of town today with JET, to view the situation in Montego Bay’s South Gully and to learn more about the specific issues of solid waste management affecting Jamaica’s “second city” and tourism centre. Nevertheless, here is JET’s press release and photographs giving details. (Mark your … More JET Launches International Coastal Cleanup Day with Release of Research on Garbage in Montego Bay

BirdsCaribbean Welcomes New U.S.-Cuba Cooperation on the Environment Ahead of 2017 International Meeting


As we are all aware, the process of greater collaboration between the United States and Cuba is ongoing – step by step. This is already changing the dynamics in this corner of the world. Here in Jamaica, it was remarkable to see U.S. Ambassador Luis Moreno sharing a toast with the Prime Minister and his … More BirdsCaribbean Welcomes New U.S.-Cuba Cooperation on the Environment Ahead of 2017 International Meeting

#IDEVAW2015 in Kingston, Jamaica: Grey Skies, Energy and Thoughts Under the Mango Trees


The morning of  Wednesday, November 25 began with a fine drizzle. It was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Jamaica, and a muted start with grey clouds gathering. Nevertheless, those events that were planned were well supported and indeed, made an impact. There was a stronger focus this year among civil … More #IDEVAW2015 in Kingston, Jamaica: Grey Skies, Energy and Thoughts Under the Mango Trees