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(ALL INTERNAL & LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS) May 2014. Vase sponges. Photo credit: © Tim Calver for The Nature Conservancy

9 Interesting Facts About the Caribbean’s Natural Environment

 Above photo: Tim Calver By Kimberly JohnCJ Contributor 1.      The Caribbean Sea is our ‘bread-and-butter’ and the main source of food and livelihoods for most of the region’s 41 million people. But, we also need protection from the sea’s relentless ... [ Read More ]

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Making the Caribbean Blue

 By Deodat MaharajOp-Ed Contributor CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES face a variety of serious economic challenges which act as major impediments to their growth and development. The continued reliance on one major export product with associated vulnerability to economic shocks as well as natural ... [ Read More ]

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These are Four Clear Ways to Stimulate Development in Jamaica

 By Dennis ChungCJ Contributor MOST times when we speak about economic and social development, many of us think about the cost of infrastructure or costs associated with the government providing stimulus to the economy. Or if we talk about reducing ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Kingston (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The under-construction Courtyard By Marriott in Jamaica will be the country’s first-ever LEED-certified hotel. The Kingston hotel will also be the first-ever LEED certified building in Jamaica. LEED, which stands for ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: mangroves  By the Caribbean Journal staff There are mangroves in 123 countries around the world, including across the Caribbean. These maritime forests store carbon, clean water, protect against erosion and even against extreme weather. But the world’s mangroves are ... [ Read More ]

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 By Stephane VincentOp-Ed Contributor THERE IS a bit of irony in the fact that June 5, 2014, World Environment Day, fell on a Thursday. In the social media sphere, there is a popular hashtag, #ThrowbackThursday, also referred to as #TBT, ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Haitian and Dominican officials signing the agreement (Photo: OPDR) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti and the Dominican Republic have signed a memorandum of agreement to protect the environment of the island of Hispaniola. The agreement was signed during ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Anguilla By the Caribbean Journal staff Ministers of Environment and Sustainable Development from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States will meet in Anguilla next week. The meeting is the seventeenth annual conference of Environment Ministers from the region. Bentley ... [ Read More ]

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 By Zhivargo LaingCJ Contributor WE FACE many challenges in the Caribbean, but we need to pay special attention to the region’s most serious challenge – employment. Many thousands of our people are unemployed.  Thousands more are under-employed.  And many thousands ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Port of Spain (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad and Tobago has signed a financing agreement for $10.67 million with the European Union for an environment programme. The funding, which was announced this week by Sustainable Development ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Montserrat By the Caribbean Journal staff The government of Montserrat is continuing its distribution of Apple iPads to middle and senior managers as part of its stated plan for a “reduced paper environment.” Last year, Montserrat distributed 25 iPads ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti President Michel Martelly addressed the CARICOM Heads of Government summit Monday, calling for unified action on issues including climate change and free movement within the region. Martelly, ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Ecotourism can play a vital role in the fight against poverty and the protection of the environment, according to a United Nations General Assembly resolution adopted this week. The resolution, “Promotion ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly and Hideaki Domichi, vice president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti and Japan are eyeing increased cooperation in areas like the environment and food security, following talks in Tokyo ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: the ceremony in Port-au-Prince (Photo: OP) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti’s Environmental Monitoring Corps (CSE) received a boost last week with the distribution of 21 Polaris ATV vehicles. Environment Minister Joseph Ronald Toussaint said his office was “committed” ... [ Read More ]

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to develop a programme to push cleanup activities across the island nation. The committee will include an island-wide public education campaign focusing on ... [ Read More ]

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 Above: Jamaican Foreign Minister AJ Nicholson (centre) (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaican Foreign Minister Sen. AJ Nicholson is lobbying for support on a major island-wide cleanup project. The plan aims to enhance Jamaica’s position as a location ... [ Read More ]

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada and Japan held their latest round of talks on environmental matters, with Japanese Ambassador for Civil Society Akira Yamada meeting Environment Minister Joseph Gilbert. It was Gilbert’s first official engagement as Environment Minister following ... [ Read More ]