Saint Lucia sargassum project to be presented at the Smithsonian

April 21-23, 2017

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A Saint Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. which will be held 21-23 April,2017.

The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1 000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists and artists. Presentations at the event will be streamed live to a global audience.

At a press conference held on Monday, Giles Romulus, National Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP) in Saint Lucia, detailed the project’s history.

Read more at: Government of Saint Lucia 

Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets in Jamaica

The Caribbean continues to sustain a vibrant fisheries and aquaculture industry. Factory workers in Guyana help to ensure quality standards of produce destined for commercial markets (Photo via CRFM)
The Caribbean continues to sustain a vibrant fisheries and aquaculture industry. Factory workers in Guyana help to ensure quality standards of produce destined for commercial markets (Photo via CRFM)

Heads of national fisheries authorities from 17 Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) began meeting with observers and partner agencies in Jamaica on Thursday 30 March, 2017, for the 15th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum (CFF) for talks on the status of and recent trends in fisheries and aquaculture in the Region. The CFF is the primary technical deliberative body of the CRFM.

Ahead of the hurricane season which begins in June, the two-day Forum meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston, will address measures for adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management in fisheries.Discussions will also focus on plans to strengthen the sector.

 “Climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and disaster risk management are major challenges facing the fisheries sector and the wider economies of our countries. These issues continue to be high priorities for policy-makers and stakeholders because we need to improve capacity, information base and policy, and institutional arrangements to respond to these threats and protect our future. At this meeting, we will be discussing the USA sponsored initiative to provide risk insurance for fishers, among other initiatives to improve and protect the fisheries sector and ensure food security,” CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said.

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was officially inaugurated on 27 March, 2003 in Belize City, Belize, where it is headquartered, following the signing of the “Agreement Establishing the CRFM” on February 4, 2002. It is an inter-governmental organisation whose mission is “to promote and facilitate the responsible utilisation of the Region’s fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the current and future population of the Region.”
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Secretariat hosts Netherlands delegation – cooperation the main focus of discussion

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Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson (right) welcomes H.E. Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago.

A delegation from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands paid a courtesy visit to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Monday, 27 March 2017 to discuss, inter alia, developing a broader view of areas for cooperation within the Caribbean Region.

The delegation which comprised  H.E. Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago;  Mr. Erwin Arkenbout, Director of Kingdom Relations, Ministry of  the Interior and Kingdom Relations; and  Ms. Mijke van Goozen, Programme Leader, Regional Cooperation, Ministry of  the Interior and Kingdom Relations held discussions with Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Accompanying Ambassador Granderson were Ms. Sandy Griffith, Senior Project Officer, Resource Mobilisation and Technical Assistance Unit and Ms. Valique Gomes, Senior Project Officer, Foreign and Community Relations.

Barbados tackles unhealthy food environments

Healthy food alternatives on display (Photo via Health Caribbean Coalition)
Healthy food alternatives on display (Photo via Health Caribbean Coalition)

The Barbados Ministry of Health and the Barbados National NCD Commission on Friday, 24 March, 2017, hosted a national consultation on Healthy Foods for Barbadians under the theme ‘Affordable, Safe and Nutritious Food: Combatting NCDs’ (Non-Communicable Diseases).

The multi-sector meeting, which saw representation by schoolchildren, faith-based organisations and the local chamber of commerce, was opened by Sir Trevor Hassell, Chair of the Barbados National NCD Commission and President of the HCC. In his opening remarks, Sir Trevor highlighted the staggering impact of NCDs by asking participants to stand if they had an NCD. He then asked those with affected family members to stand. The entire room stood. The powerful exercise harkened back to the early days of HIV and AIDS activism and had an immediate and profound impact on delegates.

Acting PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Peter Cowley, followed with fulsome praise for the Barbados national NCD prevention and control response citing the implementation of the SSB tax, the National NCD Commission’s 10-year anniversary and the impact the collective efforts have had on the general public. He ended by sharing a recent experience in a Barber shop when two young men were discussing the unhealthiness of a national staple dish – macaroni pie. This is progress he remarked, when everyday people are discussing NCDs in their everyday lives. (more…)