By Chitralekha Deopersad What do the names Cambombia, Cambute, Cararol Rosa, Cobo, Botuto, Guarura, Lambi and Carrucho all have in common? Prized in many countries, the queen conch (Strombus gigas) has a wide variety of aliases – and rightly so, given its extensive distribution and economic impact across the wider Caribbean region. Even with all its accolades, this once … [Read more...] about Can We Revive and Sustain the Caribbean Queen?
Caribbean Coastal Resilience – How We Can Act to Strengthen the Region’s Natural Defenses [The massive damage inflicted on numerous Caribbean states by recent hurricanes such as Matthew, Irma and Maria must concentrate our attention and prompt all of us toward substantive action: We have to recognize the magnitude of the increasing threat of hurricanes to life and … [Read more...] about How to Strengthen the Caribbean’s Natural Defenses
Let’s Learn and Apply the Right Lessons The recent fires that plagued the Harrold Road landfill in early March of this year were a turning point for many residents on New Providence Island who suffered the shutdown of schools and public facilities, and in some cases, evacuation from their homes. Based on an assessment by a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) team, the … [Read more...] about Solid Waste Management in The Bahamas Has Some History
By Alexandre Veyrat-Pontet, Chitralekha Deopersad and Gevon Moss This year, the IDB’s Bahamas country office took a novel approach to celebrating Valentine’s Day. During one of our office meetings the idea to undertake a beach cleanup was proposed by colleagues and was immediately supported by our staff and the IDB Family Association. What better way to celebrate a time of … [Read more...] about Love Your Beach, Set a Trend