Today is World Oceans Day 2018 (#WorldOceansDay) with the action focus being: Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. There is an increasing awareness of the importance of oceans especially the issue of contamination of ocean space by marine debris, including plastics, with the ever-increasing growth of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; but of … [Read more...] about The Blue Economy: Think like a #BOSs!
I was attending a symposium in the Bahamas when I heard the following in one of the panels: “We need to teach the silos to dance together.” Clearly, the phrase hadn’t come out of the blue. And it immediately struck a chord with me. The meeting was focused on how the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While … [Read more...] about Time for the Silos to Dance – achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Recently I was having an intense conversation with a friend about the strong need for Caribbean islands to develop their economies as blue economies, insisting that it is critical for governments to make this transition as quickly as possible. I thought we had a common understanding of what the term blue economy meant until he asked if it was about the fishing industry. That … [Read more...] about Five Shades of Blue (Economy)
It had been a while since I had really crawled around in a mangrove wetland. Once you have climbed over the roots of a red mangrove, seen the pneumatophores (the roots that stick out of the ground like breathing tubes) of white mangrove, spotted blue crabs in abundance scurrying back into their holes to avoid capture, or taken in the “sweet” aroma of decaying organic … [Read more...] about Back to the Mangroves – Wetlands and climate change
It has been a couple of days since the approval of the historic climate agreement in Paris. Weary but hopeful negotiators are returning to their countries and may already have started de-briefing their respective governments. Pundits, critics, supporters and deniers will all at this point be poring over every detail and iota of the text of the agreement and will be … [Read more...] about Haiti: Little by little the bird builds its nest