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Monday, 22 January 2018

Caribbean countries are to benefit from a disaster preparedness study launched by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group.  The ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge, financed by the 10th European Development Fund under the Intra-ACP Cooperation envelope for Disaster Risk Reduction, show that disaster risk in ACP countries is considerably higher than in other regions. 12 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Caribbean were amongst the 20 most-at-risk from disasters in the world; ACP countries on average will lose US$6.9 billion annually from disasters, representing 2.3 per cent of their total gross domestic product, according to the study.

Monday, 23 February 2015

In Senegal, the stock farming sector represents 55% to 75% of the income of farming families as against 40% in mixed stock and crop farming, says Ministry of Agriculture representative Dr Massata Niang. According to a number of studies that have already been conducted, the intensive farming systems found mainly in the countries of the North have the least impact on the environment.  Fewer studies have looked at what is happening in the South, however. According to the director of Isra: "The real impact of farming practices in the North and South on climate change must therefore be properly assessed."

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Forests are crucially important to climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), “they have the potential to absorb about one-tenth of global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them – in principle in perpetuity”. By the same token, the FAO points out that where forests have been cleared, overused or degraded, they contribute about one-sixth of global carbon emissions. Clearly, then, it is in the interest of the planet as a whole that forests be preserved. This is, in part, why in November 2009 the government of Norway signed an agreement to provide the government of Guyana up to US$250M by 2015.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Research on the Norwegian company Green Resources - engaged in plantation forestry and carbon offset on the African continent - raises many questions about who benefits from the carbon market projects. In-depth research over two years in Uganda, where Green Resources has licence to over 11,000 hectares of land, demonstrates how local communities are the losers of such projects. A recent report, The Darker Side of Green: Plantation Forestry and Carbon Violence in Uganda, published by the Oakland Institute, contributes to the critical conversation about the role of carbon markets in addressing climate change. 

Tuesday, 09 December 2014

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Seychelles, Jean-Paul Adam, has signed two grant agreements with the executive body of the European Union totalling $6.4 million. The funds will be allocated towards sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation programmes for the small Indian Ocean developing island state of just 90,000 inhabitants. According to a press statement issued this morning by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Adam held talks with both the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Maciej Popowski, and Neven Mimica, the newly-appointed European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission during his one-day working visit to Brussels yesterday.

Monday, 08 December 2014

On 02nd December 2014, the European Commission’s DG DevCo Info Point organised a lunchtime conference to present the new INFORM – Index for Risk Management New tool for shared risk analysis – platform. Ms. Denisa-Elena Ionete, Head of Unit of DevCo (07) Fragility and Crisis Management opened the conference highlighting the importance of INFORM, as the first global tool for managing and identifying risk. Ms. Julia Stewart-David Deputy Head of Unit of ECHO (A3) Policy and Implementation Frameworks and Ms. Hana Kolic Policy officer, ECHO (A3) co-presented the INFORM system.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014

“The core of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is to improve the lives of people.” These were the words of Renwick Rose, chair of the CARIFORUM delegation at the inaugural meeting of the EU CARIFORUM Consultative Committee. This Consultative Committee, which is made up of civil society organisations, is tasked with fostering dialogue between the two regions and monitoring implementation of the EU-Cariforum EPA in a way that not only improves trade but also has a positive impact on the Caribbean region socially, economically and environmentally. The CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee held its first meeting on 13 and 14 November 2014. These two days of discussions culminated in the adoption of a declaration that was presented to the EPA Trade and Development Committee.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Disaster management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The funds are expected to support the strengthening of National Disaster Offices and CDEMA in the implementation of the 2014-2024 Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy, the agency said in a release Friday.

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Caribbean needs to embrace a transition to 100 per cent adoption of renewable energy as if its very life depends on it. This was the general view from a panel discussion on alternative energy which formed part of the programme on Wednesday of Caribbean Exporters’ Colloquium 2014, organised by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and funded by the European Union via the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). Alexis George, project officer with the Government of Dominica’s Geothermal Project Management Unit and president of Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. in Barbados, Jim Reid, contended it was achievable to have an economy based on 100 per cent adoption of alternative energy.

 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

John Francis was just 17 when he began fishing more than four decades ago. But these days, the 60-year-old fisherman from Praslin, on the east coast of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, finds it hard to make a living. "There used to be money in fishing. In the 70s, 80s and 90s I used to catch 500-600 pounds (230-270 kg) of fish a day," he said. Now, "things have changed. These days I am lucky if I catch 500 pounds of fish in two weeks." Just as worrying, "the sea is different. I cannot explain it, but it looks like there are less and less fish, warmer temperatures and really bad storms," he said.