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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Saint Lucia Ministry of Health to regulate sale of soft drinks

soft drinkThe Ministry of Health and Wellness (of Saint Lucia) is embarking on a campaign to discontinue the sale of soda pop, or soft drinks on school compounds.

The highly sweetened fizzy drink is known to have disastrous effects on health. Regular consumption of soda is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, cavities among others.

On Nov. 23, Chief Nutritionist Lisa Hunt Mitchell hosted one of several meetings with school principals from Districts 5, 6 and 7 to discuss the best way to reduce the consumption of soda among the youth. She said the intention is not to place a hole in the pockets of the local manufacturers, but instead, to ensure a healthier nation.

“We are aware of the negative impacts of soft drinks, so the Ministry of Health is engaging school principals, so that they can be supportive in trying to curtail the sale of soft drinks at the schools. We want to encourage the children to drink more water, instead of juices or soft drinks. Sweetened beverages are bad for the health in general, but soft drinks have added ingredients such as caffeine, phosphoric acid, and colourings that are far worse. These ingredients have very negative effects on the health.”

Read more at: Government of Saint Lucia

Walk the Talk for Energy on Saturday

Caricom Energy Month Logo Theme 2017

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Programme will hold its Regional Energy Kilo-walk on November 25, 2017 at 6 am from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana.

Under the slogan ‘Re-Thinking Energy – Shaping a Resilient Community: Walk the talk’ participants from the length and breadth of Guyana, across all differences, will attend the event as we seek to highlight the role of citizens in securing their own sustainable energy future by providing information on the steps that can be taken to empower them to do so.

Updated Kilowalk Poster

The event, which is a part of the series of planned activities in observance of CARICOM Energy Month 2017, aims to target a wide cross-section of society and is expected to provide a platform to increase awareness on sustainable energy matters as well as the efforts of the CARICOM Energy Programme, the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Energy Agency.

The walk will commence from the Arthur Chung Convention Centre westward, turning right onto Conversation Tree and along the Rupert Craig Highway to UG road, then heading west along the Railway Embankment and concluding at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters where participants will reassemble for a short programme and refreshments.

The event is expected to be attended by officials from the various Ministries, members of the Diplomatic Corp, members of staff, representative from various NGO’s, youth groups and the public.

Please see Kilo-Walk Programme

 

Former US President to address CARICOM-UN post-hurricanes Pledging Conference

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Former US President Bill Clinton will be a Special Guest at the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, Tuesday.

President Clinton will address the post lunch session of the Conference when it resumed at 2:30 p.m.

The Conference is being held to mobilise international support for rebuilding in CARICOM Members devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria and to help the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience.

Strong CARICOM support for post hurricane Pledging Conference

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CARICOM Member States and Associate Members provided strong support for the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference for hurricane-ravaged countries at the UN Headquarters in New York Monday.

The objective of this Conference is two-fold. It is to mobilise international support and commitment of pledges to help rebuild the countries ravaged by the recent hurricanes and  to assist the Region to build resilience, given its inherent vulnerabilities.

Further information on the conference can be found at:  http://resilientcaribbean.caricom.org/