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Building Climate Resilience in Coastal Communities of the Caribbean
Zadie Neufville

Ceylon Clayton is trying to revive a sea moss growing project he and friends started a few years ago to supplement their dwindling earnings as fishermen. This time, he has sought the support of outsiders and fishermen from neighbouring communities to expand the operations and the ‘unofficial’ ... MORE > >

What Does “Climate-Smart Agriculture” Really Mean? New Tool Breaks It Down
Desmond Brown

A Trinidadian scientist has developed a mechanism for determining the degree of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) compliance with respect to projects, processes and products. This comes as global attention is drawn to climate-smart agriculture as one of the approaches to mitigate or adapt to ... MORE > >

New Tool Separates Wheat from Chaff for Climate-Smart Ag Finance
Desmond Brown

Climate-smart agriculture seeks to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand.  CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases, and require planning to address tradeoffs and ... MORE > >

Conservation Agriculture Sprouts in Cuban Fields
Ivet González

At the entrance, the Tierra Brava farm looks like any other family farm in the rural municipality of Los Palacios, in the westernmost province of Cuba. But as you drive in, you see that the traditional furrows are not there, and that freshly cut grass covers the soil. “For more than five years ... MORE > >

Guyana’s Model Green Town Reflects Ambitious National Plan
Desmond Brown

At the head of Guyana’s Essequibo River, 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the town of Bartica. Considered the gateway to Guyana’s interior, the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the forests mining gold and ... MORE > >

Central America Fights Climate Change with Minimal Foreign Aid
Diego Arguedas Ortiz

Despite the fact that Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, it has half-empty coffers when it comes to funding efforts against the phenomenon, in part because it receives mere crumbs in foreign aid to face the impacts of the rise in temperatures. According to a ... MORE > >

A Green Energy Shift in Barbados, One Streetlight at a Time
Desmond Brown

The ever-escalating and volatile price of oil, and the high cost of importation, have left Barbados and other island nations in the unenviable position of having the highest electricity prices in the world. But a new shift towards renewables is driving down greenhouse gas emissions from ... MORE > >

Tobago Gears Up to Fight Sargassum Invasion
Jewel Fraser

As Tobago's tourism industry struggles to repel the sargassum invasions that have smothered its beaches with massive layers of seaweed as far as the eye can see - in some places half a metre thick - and left residents retching from the stench, the island's government is working to establish an ... MORE > >

Farming Beyond Drought
Desmond Brown

The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top ten. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per ... MORE > >

Communities Step Up to Help Save Jamaica’s Forests
Desmond Brown

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 31.1 percent or about 337,000 hectares of Jamaica is forested. Of this, 26.1 percent or 88,000 is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest. But between 1990 and 2010, Jamaica lost an ... MORE > >

The Greater Caribbean Raises Funds to Protect its Sandy Coasts
Ivet González

Almost no Caribbean beach escapes erosion, a problem that scientific sources describe as extensive and irreversible in these ecosystems of high economic interest, that work as protective barriers for life inland. “The phenomenon of erosion is widespread in the Caribbean,“ geographer Luis Juanes, ... MORE > >

Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding
Desmond Brown

A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region. Underlining the challenges posed by climate change, Head of the European Union ... MORE > >


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