On August 12, 2020, the IDB hosted a webinar on how the Blue Economy can help to spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean after COVID-19. The event aimed to promote the Blue Economy as a key driver for recovery, raise awareness of the importance of ocean and coastal resources beyond fisheries and tourism and highlight the IDB’s agenda on this … [Read more...] about Can the Blue Economy spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean?
On July 26th the world celebrates the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. This is an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the great importance of these forest ecosystems to coastal ecological health, our economy and contribution to addressing the climate crisis. In Suriname, this day is very important to us since mangroves are an … [Read more...] about Suriname’s mangroves are critical for building a more sustainable and resilient future
Countries in the Caribbean tend to have a rough time when it comes to extreme weather like hurricanes. Due to their geography, they’re usually more susceptible to disasters and extreme weather events, have limited access to freshwater and land for agriculture, and scarce development options and international trade opportunities. The climate crisis risks exacerbating this … [Read more...] about The Caribbean can make waves with a blue ocean economy
The school yard rang with laughter and shouts as blue and white uniform-clad school children rushed out of their classrooms to attend morning assembly. As the entire school of almost 300 children at Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School gathered, there was considerable excitement. That day, Headmistress Mrs. Beatrice Chan announced, the school was welcoming some very special … [Read more...] about Caribbean Climate Smart Islands Program begins to shine in Belize
It’s World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8th and it is time to acknowledge that its condition is very poor. We’ve all seen the dramatic pictures of the plastic being removed from the insides of marine birds, whales, and all kinds of fish. The same grim picture of plastic trash in the marine algae, specifically sargassum, covering many of the beaches, can be seen in many of the … [Read more...] about World Oceans Day: What’s up with all the Sargassum?