Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, dfaulder As a climate change adaptation consultant living and working in a small island developing State like Jamaica, I would like to reflect about some particular challenges that SIDS are facing today when it comes to sustainable development. The truth is that small islands by no means are facing small … [Read more...] about Turning Caribbean Islands into “Climate Smart Islands”
The total acreage under organic production in CARICOM countries is low to non-existent compared to the rest of the world (see table), and this is a missed opportunity for the region. CARICOM appears to be the only organized group of countries in the world to have officially rejected organic agriculture, even as a possible policy option, yet the biggest market for … [Read more...] about The time for organic farming is now: a natural for small island economies
(with contributions from Sybille Nuenninghoff and Jacqueline Dragone) While Belize inhabits just a small corner of Central America, it boasts a diverse natural landscape and a rich culture with roots firmly planted in both the Caribbean as well as the intriguing history of the Mayan world. The Cayo District, located in western Belize, in particular, hosts a myriad of natural … [Read more...] about Welcome to Belize’s Cayo District
Carlos Argentino, one of the classic interpreters of tropical music, used to sing, “Life is more fun in the sea.” And it's true that beaches in Latin America and the Caribbean are among the best in the world. They are public spaces that bring together all of society, and many of them contribute to the preservation of the environment and the economic development of their … [Read more...] about The best beaches in Latin America: development and conservation
Ironically, while thoroughly entertaining myself elbow-deep in Guyanese pepper-pot, I received a work request over the weekend to address the issue of Caribbean identity. I also became aware of a heated on-going debate on our blog as to how we should define and boundary the concept of “the Caribbean” – past colonial affiliations; imaginary lines in the deep blue sea; economic … [Read more...] about What do you mean by “Caribbean” anyway?