Category Archives: All Blog Posts

Good Discussion of the Economic Value of Coral Reefs

from the Washington Post, 26 June 2017: Energy and Environment The Great Barrier Reef is literally a treasure. It’s worth $42 billion. By Chelsea Harvey June 26 at 1:17 PM A tourist snorkels above coral in the lagoon located on … [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]

Ocean Conference Addresses MPAs, Ocean Acidification

from the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD’s) daily coverage of the Ocean Conference 5-9 June 2017. STORY HIGHLIGHTS On the second day of the UN Ocean Conference, two partnership dialogues took place on: (1) managing, protecting, conserving, and restoring marine … [Read more]

Caribbean Philanthropy Network (CPN) — Reports 2010 to 2013

Linked below are three publications written, edited or reviewed by Judith Ann Towle for the Caribbean Philanthropy Network, These reports date from the period 2009 to 2013 and they are not up-to-date in terms of recent actions taken by Caribbean … [Read more]

Euan McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award for 2016 to Tadzio Bervoets of St. Martin

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has just announced that the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award Fund (McFarlane Fund, which is administered by the CFVI, based on a grant from the now-sunsetted Island Resources Foundation) for calendar year 2016 goes … [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]

“The Poetry and Pain of the Caribbean” book review by Amy Wilentz

[This is the on-line version of a book review of the travel book Island People by Joshua Jelly-Shapiro published in the Sunday Outlook section of the Washington Post under the title of this post. [I received a copy for Christmas. It’s … [Read more]

An Example of How Small Islands Face Special Problems

from the Bermuda Royal Gazette <http://www.royalgazette.com/international-business/article/20170103/other-small-islands-face-debt-struggles-too> Other small islands face debt struggles too Raymond Hainey Published Jan 3, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 1:00 am)   The UK Crown Dependency of Jersey is facing a massive … [Read more]

So How Many Fish DO We Catch in the Caribbean, five years ago

Just came across this paper by Trinidadian fisheries expert Dr. Robin Ramdeen, when working with the University of British Columbia, Fisheries Center, headed by the globally recognized Daniel Pauly. The report was presented at the 2012 Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, … [Read more]

UK Public Accounts Committee Report on 285 GBP Airport Fiasco in St. Helena

For a full copy of this scathing 42-page report (in .pdf format) click on the link below: House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts St Helena Airport Here’s the shortest possible summary: The Department for International Development (the Department) has … [Read more]