Category Archives: Biodiversity

Hurricanes, Recovery, And Resiliency In The US Caribbean’s National Parks

[This article from Apple News presents some good insights into the enormous scale of the ecological impacts of major hurricanes — in this case, Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September and October of 2017. ] Hurricanes, Recovery, And Resiliency In … [Read more]

Communities of Action for SDG 14 – “Life Under Water”

UN Launches SDG 14 Communities of Action STORY HIGHLIGHTS To follow-up on outcomes from its World Ocean Conference*, held in June 2017, the UN has launched nine thematic, multi-stakeholder “Communities of Ocean Action”. The communities are meant to generate new … [Read more]

A Caribbean Environmental Treaty with Teeth

from the regional news aggregator CaribbeanNewsNow: [See Pottersweal.com for an acerbic, if marginally coherent, comment on this important initiative.] Latin America and Caribbean urgently need strong, legally binding treaty on environmental rights, say UN experts November 28, 2017 Special Rapporteur … [Read more]

Leader and Long Briefing from “The Economist” 2017 re FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

<http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21722647-ocean-sustains-humanity-humanity-treats-it-contempt-how-improve-health> Deep trouble How to improve the health of the ocean The ocean sustains humanity. Humanity treats it with contempt Print edition | Leaders May 27th 2017 EARTH is poorly named. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. It … [Read more]

Another Perspective on the Need for DATA on WHAT WORKS

From the blog on the CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research, I think they do stuff with forests) web site at <http://blog.cifor.org/47876/time-to-get-it-together-on-mitigation-and-adaptation?fnl=en> Note that this article is based on a systematic survey of existing project documentation. WE NEED MORE, and, … [Read more]

From ENSIA — What Works in Conservation – real data instead of sponsor bs or doublespeak

from the on-line environmental magazine ENSIA: * — based on meta-analyses of (mostly) peer-reviewed studies of conservation projects around the world. For example, “What Works in Conservation assessed 38 studies of agricultural lands and found that 32 showed that growing grassy buffer … [Read more]

Plants of Conservation Concern of the United States Virgin Islands

A collaboration among Island Resources Foundation,  the Virgin Islands Urban and Community Forestry Council, the VI Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Forest Service has produced an up-to-date version of Plants of Conservation Concern of The United States Virgin Islands, written … [Read more]

Fifth Edition of the Ramsar Handbook Series

The Secretariat of Ramsar Convention has just announced the launch of the first Handbook in the 5th Edition Ramsar Handbook Series. It is entitled “An Introduction to the Convention on Wetlands” and replaces “The Ramsar Convention Manual”. http://www.ramsar.org/sites/default/files/documents/library/handbook1_5ed_introductiontoconvention_e.pdf “An Introduction … [Read more]

Overfishing + Nutrients + Climate Change = Sick Reefs

Important Article from NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Click below to download — Authors and Abstract on this page Overfishing and Nutrient Pollution Interact with Temperature to Disrupt Coral Reefs Down to Microbial Scales. Jesse R. Zaneveld, Deron E. Burkepile, Andrew A. Shantz, Catharine … [Read more]

Final Report on the Status of BVI Island Environmental Profiles

Here’s are links to to the completed profiles for the four major islands of the BVI archipelago, plus the special islet-specific characterizations for 16 cays around Tortola, and added Technical Papers: Profiles: Anegada Environmental Profile Environmental Profile of the Island of … [Read more]