St Lucia Sustainable Development Minister Heads to Samoa

August 28, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment


Above: Samoa By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia Sustainable Development Minister Dr James Fletcher will be visiting Samoa for the upcoming third International UN Small Island Developing States Conference. Fletcher's visit will be financed by the government of Taiwan. The conference aims to determine how much progress has been made since the Barbados more...

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US Virgin Islands Joining Caribbean Conservation Initiative

August 20, 2014 | 6:12 am | 0 Comment


Above: St Croix (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journals staff The United States Virgin Islands has officially endorsed the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, Governor John de Jongh announced. The CCI, which was launched in 2008 with support from the Nature Conservancy, aims to promote greater regional leadership in protecting the Caribbean's coastlines and more...

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Jamaica, Brazil Sign Agreement on Water Resources Management

August 12, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment


Above: the signing ceremony in Kingston (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica and Brazil have signed an agreement to strengthen the former's water resources management. The $98,000 contract was signed last week by Jamaica's Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill and Brazil Ambassador to Jamaica Francisco Da Costa e more...

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The Caribbean’s Most Vulnerable Coasts

August 5, 2014 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment


Above: Antigua By the Caribbean Journal staff When it comes to the risks facing coastal nations, Caribbean countries are among the most vulnerable in the world, according to the Coasts at Risk index, which measures the risks such nations face around the world. The Coasts at Risk Index, developed by The Nature Conservancy, the Coastal Resources Center and the more...

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UN’s Ban: Costa Rica “Model Country” For Sustainable Development

August 4, 2014 | 11:45 am | 0 Comment


Above: Costa Rica By the Caribbean Journal staff Costa Rica is a "model country" for sustainable development and the protection of human rights, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on his first official visit to the country last week. It was Ban's second-ever visit to the country, following a trip as South Korea's Foreign Minister in 2004. "You more...

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St Vincent and the Grenadines to Receive $6.4M IMF Disbursement

August 1, 2014 | 7:27 pm | 0 Comment


Above: St Vincent (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The International Monetary Fund's Executive Board has approved a $6.4 million disbursement to St Vincent and the Grenadines, the organization announced Friday. The funding will be drawn from a Rapid Credit Facility and a Rapid Financing Instrument; it will go toward helping the country meet "an urgent more...

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Caribbean Coasts at Risk

August 1, 2014 | 9:01 am | 0 Comment


By Michael W Beck, PhD CJ Contributor TWO WEEKS ago, I was gunning the boat hard for the cut into Hatchet Bay, the “Safest Harbor” in the Bahamas. When I felt the cold air blast of a coming thunderstorm, I went full throttle. Just then, a single bolt of lightning split the sky and cracked right into the harbor. As I skidded the back end thru the cut, I saw more...

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Op-Ed: Climate Change and Fighting Poverty in the Caribbean

August 1, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment


By George Nicholson and Orissa Thomas Op-Ed Contributors TODAY, most people consider climate change to be a reality and not a myth. A result of this phenomenon, natural hazards have been identified as having crippling effects on many countries, particularly those already vulnerable: Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). However, the disasters created in more...

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Op-Ed: Disasters and Inequality in the Caribbean Region

July 22, 2014 | 5:51 am | 0 Comment


By George Nicholson Op-Ed Contributor WE ARE all familiar with the proverb “Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” While the origin of the saying is largely unknown, it is generally attributed to Moshe ben Maimon, otherwise known as Maimonides, one of the most prolific scholars of the Middle more...

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Op-Ed: Leading Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean

July 22, 2014 | 1:54 am | 0 Comment


By Ryan Peterson Op-Ed Contributor IT IS a truism that tourism is experiencing a tectonic transformation. In recent times, the global tourism and travel industry, and in particular, Small-Island Tourism-Economies (SITES) in the Caribbean have had to contend with a series of unprecedented and disruptive social, technical, economic and ecological and challenges. In more...

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