On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love


Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the … More On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love

A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26


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

Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?


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?

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

Jamaica To Celebrate National Environment Awareness Week: June 4 to 9


I attended the launch of National Environmental Awareness Week on May 25, which included the launch of Green Business Jamaica (about which I will update you in a separate post). Here is the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) press release on the week (June 4 – 9) when various activities are planned. More details … More Jamaica To Celebrate National Environment Awareness Week: June 4 to 9

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

World Wetlands Day 2016 – in Jamaica and on Planet Earth


Happy World Wetlands Day! The National Environment and Planning Agency is busy today, with groups of eager schoolchildren (no doubt happy to have the day off) exploring what is left of the Port Royal mangroves (a Ramsar site) and learning all about the value of wetlands at the Port Royal Marine Laboratory. NEPA also sponsored … More World Wetlands Day 2016 – in Jamaica and on Planet Earth

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

No Rain, More Crime, Palisadoes Restoration and We Are “Proud and Free”: Friday, July 31, 2015


Ugh. I confess I have been so preoccupied by the BirdsCaribbean Conference that recent events have hardly registered, yet. This is perhaps just as well, as it has been utterly depressing. I have also been trying to ignore the clouds’ stubborn refusal to rain on us poor city dwellers, while elsewhere on the island I … More No Rain, More Crime, Palisadoes Restoration and We Are “Proud and Free”: Friday, July 31, 2015