Spotlight on Youth in Agriculture

Today, we begin to place the spotlight on agriculture through a series of videos, compliments of Tech4agri that feature young people in the sector. Join us, each week as we showcase this web series made by youth for youth to assist in their agri-business endeavours.

Trinidad and Tobago mopping up after passage of Tropical Storm Bret

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun 20, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago was mopping up Tuesday after being spared the full brunt of Tropical Storm Bret, the first named weather system of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season that made its way through the twin island republic late Monday night into Tuesday. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) said that there were no reports of injuries but that several properties, mainly in the eastern and northern section of Trinidad as well as in Tobago had been affected by the storm’s passage. “We have no reports of injuries,” said the head of the ODPM, Captain Neville Wint, confirming that at least 27 patients at the St. Ann’s Hospital on the outskirts of the capital had to be evacuated to another part of the building after the roof was blown away.

In many other instances, the ODPM reported that trees and roofs were blown away by the storm.

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The destiny of the planet is in our hands…We must lead – CARICOM SG on World Environment Day

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Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

 

 

Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has charged the Region to lead in ensuring the destiny of the planet. His charge came in a statement to commemorate World Environment Day today, Monday 5 June 2017.

See below the statement from the CARICOM SG:

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Caribbean Community would like to remind the Region that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of everyone.

We support this year’s theme, “Connecting People to Nature”, which calls upon us to have a greater appreciation of the beauty of nature and the crucial role humanity plays in protecting fragile natural resources.

The Caribbean is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, from the pristine islands of The Bahamas to the dense jungles of Suriname, from the vibrant coral reefs of Belize to the energy-rich volcanic island of Montserrat.  The resources harvested from our lands and from the Caribbean Sea have sustained our people for thousands of years.  Our ancestors did so sustainably, taking only what they needed and storing for those leaner days. (more…)

Sustainable use of our marine resources: Caribbean Community at UN Ocean Conference – Day one

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The global High Level Conference which will seek agreement on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development opens Monday at UN Headquarters in New York.

Day One  of the five-day Conference will feature several activities with strong participation by Caribbean Community delegates. These include:

  • A Partnership Dialogue on Marine Pollution, at which Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis will make presentations (This is one of Seven Partnership Dialogues which will form a significant component of the Conference)
  • A presentation on the ‘Belize Model for Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries: a partnership success story”, by Belize and the Environment Defense Fund
  • A presentation on”Transitioning to the Blue Economy: Partnerships, Innovation and Approaches for Small Island States which will include Grenada and the OECS
  • A session on Financing for the Blue Economy in Small Island Developing States, at which Grenada will play a lead role, and
  • Media events which will include Barbados

The Conference is expected to end with a Call For Action to support Goal 14 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources; a report on the issues coming out of the seven Partnership Dialogues, and a list of voluntary commitments made by participating countries.

Caribbean Community participation in the Conference will be highlighted here on CARICOM Today and the CARICOM website

 

Caribbean urged to prepare for heatwaves

Caribbean urged to prepare for heatwaves (Photo via Jamaica Gleaner)
Caribbean urged to prepare for heatwaves (Photo via Jamaica Gleaner)

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC): Caribbean islands especially those in the south have been urged to prepare for heatwaves as they will be a feature of the 2017 rainy season.

That is the warning issued by Dr Simon Mason of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology in his presentation  – ‘Caribbean Heat outlooks: Research and product development’ to the participants attending the Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum which opened here on Wednesday.

Simon said in the past, not a lot of emphasis was placed on heatwaves but data gathered from islands over the years, has shown that this  is a growing challenge. “It’s time to investigate the problems of heatwaves and the best way to deal with it in this region,” said Simon who pointed out that in the United States of America heatwaves kills more people than tornadoes while in 2003 heatwaves killed 30,000 in France.

Read more at: Jamaica Gleaner