Business Environment 

Private Sector targeted for Climate Change Engagement Luncheon at Government House

Stakeholder engagement is key to the development of climate change adaptation and mitigation programs in Antigua and Barbuda. This is why the two-day mission trip by the Green Climate Fund to the twin islands on December 11 and 12th is so important, particularly for businesses interested in aligning with this niche sector. On Tuesday 12 December Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, will be hosting a luncheon for the private sector on the Government House lawns. This luncheon seeks to engage the financial sector, banks and insurance…

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CDB Environment Regional News 

EU partners with CDB to Support Renewable Energy in the EC Through Geothermal Energy

NEW YORK – On Monday, in New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The Programme will facilitate the development of up to 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Commissioner Mimica said: “The  Programme will help to increase renewable energies in the Caribbean by…

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Environment Regional News 

New Integrated approach to be taken for Fisheries, Pollution and Habitat Protection in the Southern Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf

The marine area of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (the CLME+ region) are bordered by over 35 States and Territories. These countries are heavily dependent on this region for economic development from activities such as fisheries, tourism, shipping and off-shore oil exploration. The CLME+ region is regarded as one of the most geopolitically diverse and complex sets of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) in the world. The culturally diverse countries and territories that border this maritime area range from among the largest (e.g. Brazil, USA) to among…

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Environment Regional News 

CDB President: Protect Countries’ Fiscal Stability in Shift to Clean Energy

BONN, Germany – Two years ago, countries in the Caribbean Region committed to ambitious climate goals under the Paris Agreement. With support from institutions like the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), many are making progress to mitigate the impact of climate change by beginning to shift to clean energy. However, international organisations that are promoting this transition must also guard against fiscal instability in small island developing states (SIDS). “In our efforts to help SIDs achieve specific renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, we must be mindful that we do not…

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Climate Change Environment Regional News Youth 

Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Announces Partnership with Solar Head of State at COP23 Climate Conference

Plans to educate youth about renewable energy across the region During this year COP23 climate conference, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and Solar Head of State (SHOS) launched a partnership to promote education on renewable energy across the Caribbean region. The CYEN is a non-profit, civil society, charitable body that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop actions to address socio-economic and environmental issues. The CYEN programme aims at addressing issues such as poverty alleviation and youth employment, health and HIV/AIDS, climatic changes and global…

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Environment 

Arbour Month Activities Launched

A brief ceremony signaling the activities for Arbour month was organized by the Department of Environment on Monday 6th November at the Botanical Gardens under the theme “Ride the Climate Wave” Chairperson of the event was Arica Hill, Education Officer at the Department of Environment, while brief remarks were given by Dr. Helena Jeffrey Brown, Senior Technical Coordinator at the Department of Environment and Minister of Health and the Environment, Hon Molwyn Joseph. Those attending the launch were also given the opportunity to participate in the annual tree planting exercise…

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Climate Change Environment 

‘No retreat on ban on Plastic bags and Styrofoam products’

The day before the country celebrated its thirty-sixth-anniversary of political independence, Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph announced that there is no retreating and no surrendering on the matters of banning the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Minister Joseph made the declaration at the V C Bird International Airport Terminal on Tuesday, just outside of the arrival hall, moments before he unveiled his Ministry’s Go Green banner on which was inscribed the ban on both Styrofoam Products and Plastic Bags. After learning of the plight of local poultry…

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Climate Change Environment Technology 

Molwyn Receives New ‘Privately Registered’ Donor Funded Tesla Model X

In another bold move, Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph signaled his continued commitment to his government’s green and environmentally friendly initiatives by officially accepting the keys to an Eco-Friendly Tesla Model X vehicle on Tuesday. During the handing over ceremony in the parking lot of the Environment Department at Botanical Gardens, a smiling Minister Joseph gracefully accepted the keys to the spanking new black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Moments before accepting the keys, the Health and Environment Minister disclosed at a press conference that the citizens and…

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Environment Regional News 

NAGICO and Solar Head of State Partner at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Solar Head of State and NAGICO Insurances are delighted to announce their partnership to promote the expansion of renewable energy across the Caribbean. The two organizations recently held a high-level drinks reception at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, entitled “A Celebration of Caribbean Leadership in Renewable Energy”, during which attendees learned about the steps that the Caribbean is taking to become a frontrunner in implementing sustainable technology. Guests came from over a dozen countries and territories in the region and included Government Ministers, CARICOM representatives, utility companies and solar developers….

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CDB Climate Change Environment 

CDB: Technical Support, Diversity Critical in Caribbean’s Shift to Clean Energy

As the Caribbean makes the shift to clean energy, governments need technical support to plan for and implement new technologies. In addition, sector stakeholders could accelerate the Region’s transition to renewables by building diverse partnerships and networks, and improving their engagement with the wider public. These were key themes in the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) presentations during the 2017 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami, Florida from October 18 to 20. Tessa Williams-Robertson, Head of the Bank’s Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency Unit, told participants at the Utility Leaders…

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