Today (July 26) is UNESCO’s International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. In other words, it’s World Mangrove Day! UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova notes: Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves … More A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26
This is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Duncans Bay has a beautiful beach that also has great environmental value. How can the Jamaican Government support climate change adaptation (and it has expressed concern several times over the impact on our coastlines) – while at the same time allowing the removal of sand from the coast? … More Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?
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
Well, no surprises here… At last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day at the Palisadoes in Kingston, it was easy to see that plastic bottles would be at the top of the list. We have to tackle this problem with increased determination! Once again, it was quite a record-breaking year for JET in terms of the … More Jamaica’s Persistent Plastic Problem: JET Publishes Results of Coastal Cleanup Day 2016
Happy Christmas Eve! I’ve picked out some more environmental news for you to ponder over the holiday season. Please click on the links for more information! Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaica’s rapid rise in the Climatescope: Jamaica has jumped 15 places in Climatescope 2016 to 24th. What is Climatescope? It is an assessment of clean energy market … More Jamaica’s Climatescope Rank, Sea Turtles in Barbados and the First Solar-Powered Road: Environment News, December 26, 2016
The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim is optimistic. “We are living at our best moment in history,” he tells the group of diplomats, conservationists, technocrats and press people. We are gathered in a hallway, in between clean and shiny but empty offices. I note the well-polished desks, reflecting a soft evening … More The UN in Jamaica: Under One Roof
This morning I attended a media call-in with Pawan Patil and Sophie Sirtaine at the World Bank’s Head Office in Washington, DC. as they launched their new report on prospects for a “Blue Economy” for the Caribbean. Thanks to Gerry McDaniel at World Bank’s Jamaica Office for facilitating this. The link to the report (overview … More The Blue Economy: New World Bank Report Identifies Key Opportunities to Boost Growth in the Caribbean Sea while Preserving its Ecosystem