Climate Change Development Economic Environment Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda and UAE to collaborate on Green Barbuda Project

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, who is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, on Monday held a bilateral discussion with His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates   During the meeting, Minister Al Zeyoudi thanked Prime Minister Browne for his participation in the World Government Summit, and offered his concern to the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda regarding the devastation caused by hurricane Irma.   Prime Minister Browne thanked Minister Al Zeyoudi for his…

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Environment 

Small Businesses Granted Extension to deplete Personalized Plastic Bags

The Ministry of Health and the Environment is giving department stores, bookshops, and other small businesses that distribute ‘personalized’ plastic bags to their customers additional time to deplete their existing stock. The phasing out period for these ‘personalized’ plastic bags – that is plastic bags that have the name of the store printed on them – has been extended until December 31st, 2018. The decision to extend was reached yesterday Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at a meeting held at the Ministry’s headquarters during which several business owners appealed for more…

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Environment 

Stage Two of Styrofoam Ban in effect

The Ministry of Health and the Environment would like to inform business places and members of the general public that Stage Two of the Styrofoam Ban is in effect. According to the ministry, from January 1st– June 2018, the ban on the importation of utensils –plastic spoons, forks, knives, plastic straws, fruit trays, meat trays, vegetable trays and egg cartons is in full effect. All stage two products imported after January 1st, 2018 will be confiscated. The ministry advised, that there will be a six-month phasing out period to deplete…

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Community Development Environment Health 

Thousands of Shopping Bags Distributed

The plan to rid the island of plastic bags has moved to the next phase as thousands of reusable shopping bags are being distributed to grocery shops and mini supermarkets across the country. On Monday and Tuesday, technicians from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were busy distributing dozens of boxes to a number of grocery stores, shops, and outlets across the country. On Monday, thirty-five boxes, each containing two hundred reusable bags, were given out to retailers in the St Mary’s North and St Mary’s South Constituencies, including…

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Environment Health 

Business Owners Warned! Could Face $100,000 in fines

The Ministry of Health and Environment has yet again issued a warning to the owners of grocery stores, supermarkets and restaurants in regards to the ban of  plastic bags in Antigua and Barbuda. According to Indira James, Environmental Implementation Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and the Environment, business owners are “reminded that the importation, distribution, and sale of “Shopping Plastic Bags” are prohibited under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda.” She goes onto to state, If convicted, a person can be fined up to $100.000 The ministry is therefore…

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Environment 

Molwyn Joseph Elected to Serve on the Bureau of the UN Environment Assembly

The Honourable Molwyn Joseph, Minister for Health and the Environment, has been elected to serve on the Bureau of the United Nations Environment Assembly – the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. The Minister is one of two representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean, with the other member representing Brazil. The UN Environment Assembly’s 2017 theme was #BeatPollution. The Assembly, convened 4 – 6 December, adopted a Ministerial declaration “Towards a pollution free planet”, to signal that humanity can work together to eliminate the threat of pollution and…

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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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