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

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

International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas


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

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017


I have completely dropped the ball on this regular post (it used to be regular!) and so am trying to redeem myself by making it a “weekend special” again. There is so much very important news in this area that you may have missed… Here goes. Please click on the coloured links for more information. Jamaica … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017

The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day


We must celebrate. We may feel sad for the plight of our oceans, but we must also celebrate what they have given us. A good day to start would be World Oceans Day – Wednesday, June 8. You can find all the information you need on this global “special day” here: http://www.worldoceansday.org I have written before … More The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day

Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister


Well. Last night there was an almost audible sigh of relief across our island, when the final count for the last constituency was completed and the Jamaica Labour Party was confirmed as winners of the general elections – with the slimmest possible minority. Many column inches and much airspace is now being used with recommendations, suggestions, … More Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister

Honoring a Caribbean Conservationist and Scholar: Dr. Susan Otuokon


Dr. Susan Otuokon has played an important role in the conservation of Jamaica’s natural resources through her ongoing work with the JCDT, and more widely managing various projects across the Caribbean. However, this year her hard work and dedication paid off with the inscription of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park as a UNESCO … More Honoring a Caribbean Conservationist and Scholar: Dr. Susan Otuokon

An Open Letter to Minister Robert Pickersgill


In case you missed it, an edited version of this letter was printed in the “Jamaica Observer” on September 28. For more information (and daily updates on the campaign, as well as all kinds of useful and informative background material) visit the “No! to Port on Goat Island, Jamaica” Facebook page. Please, if you have … More An Open Letter to Minister Robert Pickersgill