‘Our region needs to be a zone of peace’- Guyana PM tells CANSEC conference

Prime Minister of Guyana, the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo with some members of the CANSEC delegation during a photo op. (Photo via DPI)
Prime Minister of Guyana, the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo with some members of the CANSEC delegation during a photo op. (Photo via DPI)

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has signalled the need for Guyana and the rest of the region to be a zone of peace, free from the scourge of money laundering, piracy and other illicit activities.

Bahamas PM warns region at great risk of climate change

CDM 10 underway in The Bahamas (Photo via CDEMA)
CDM 10 underway in The Bahamas (Photo via CDEMA)

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Dec 5, CMC – The 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has begun here with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noting that small-island developing states in the region are at great risk of climate change.

The conference, which ends on Saturday, is being held under the theme ‘CDM: The Road to Resilience Check Point 2017 – Building Resilience through Partnerships’.

It is taking place as the region continues the rebuilding efforts following the end of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season that saw two category five storms – Irma and Maria – cause widespread destruction and death across the Lesser Antilles as well as the Bahamas.

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin islands were among the islands hard4est hit after the hurricanes pounded the region with winds in excess of 200 miles per hour.

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CRFM, JICA concluding innovative Caribbean Fisheries Co-management project

Fishermen assemble Fish Aggregating Devices  (FADs) in Grenada
Fishermen assemble Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in Grenada

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 (CRFM)—An innovative fisheries project, which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been coordinating since 2013 with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) across six OECS Member States, is nearing its end.

The Caribbean Fisheries Co-Management Project (CARIFICO) was developed in 2012. Between 2009 and 2012, CRFM and JICA worked on developing a master plan for the sustainable use of fisheries resources for coastal communities in the Caribbean. The CARIFICO project is a follow-up project recommended by the master plan. The overall goal of the project is developing and implementing fisheries co-management approaches in six pilot countries in the Eastern Caribbean and disseminating and sharing the experiences and knowledge acquired to the other CARICOM States. The pilot project field work was done in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The CRFM and JICA will convene a two-day meeting on 30 November – 1 December, 2017, to review the project outcomes as well as chart the way forward. The CARIFICO-CRFM Regional Seminar on Strengthening Fisheries Co-management in the Region will take place at the Bay Gardens Resort in Castries, Saint Lucia.

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Hurricane season officially ends, but impact lingers

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It is finally over.

According to the calendar of the National Hurricane Center, November 30 marks the official end of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which spawned 17 named storm.

Here in the Caribbean, September was particularly brutal with the passage of two Category 5 monsters, Irma and Maria, which left an unprecedented path of death and destruction.

Countries such as Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Maarten/Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands all took direct hits and will take years to recover.

The World Bank said damages and losses, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, in Dominica amount to US$1.3-billion or 224 percent of GDP.

Read more at: Dominica News Online

Harsh climate: Commonwealth SG warns of existential threat

Baroness Scotland alone, first day (2)The Caribbean needs help from the international community now more than ever, as it seeks to build resilience to changing weather patterns and the impact on its economies, Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland has said.

Delivering the 42nd annual Sir Winston Scott Memorial lecture at the Frank Collymore Hall last night on the topic: Responsiveness, Resilience and Regeneration: Building on Commonwealth advantage for good governance, prosperity and progress, Baroness Scotland noted that the region had suffered “some unprecedented climatic assaults” this year.

She warned that the existential threat of climate change could no longer be ignored, given the level of devastation wrought on the region by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Last year the London School of Economics estimated that climate change could eliminate US$2.5 trillion of the globe’s financial assets. And that was an assessment made before this summer. And I really wonder whether that would be an upward projection in the future,” she said.

Read more at: Barbados Today