E-mail Groups Supported by this Site

Mailing Lists (E-mail Groups) for the Insular Caribbean
and Global Islands Communities

[In the aftermath of the sunsetting of Island Resources Foundation, we are consolidating the number of supported e-mail  groups to the groups listed below. Support services to the groups listed below will remain as always since 1995: free, spam-free, and privacy will be governed only by the terms and conditions of the Yahoogroups service. As you may have read, the Yahoo! organization is being sold off in various bits and pieces, but as of this writing in July, 2017, the Yahoogroups servicess for e-mail groups have been maintained as described below. We will notify if we receive notice of significant changes. ]

The general rules to SUBSCRIBE to one of these automated e-mail groups, mostly run through the Yahoogroups platform are:

To join/subscribe to a Group via email:

  1. Send a blank email to:<groupname-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>
    Make sure to replace “groupname” with the actual name of the Group (e.g., <caribbean-biodiversity-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>).
  2. Within a day or two, you will receive a subscription confirmation message. Just reply to the confirmation message and your subscription will be complete.
  3. Alternatively, you can also SUBSCRIBE on-line at the Yahoo Groups web site and search for the group that you desire <http://www.yahoogroups.com>.

To join, or subscribe to, a Group via the Yahoo! Groups web site <groups.yahoo.com>:

1. Locate a Group by browsing the categories listed on the Yahoo! Groups home page, or by using the search box on any page.
2. Once you’ve found a Group that interests you, click its name to view the main Group page for more information.
3. Click on Join this Group!. In addition to joining, you will be able to set your membership options.
4. If you haven’t REGISTERED or signed in, you will be prompted to do so.

REGISTRATION is different from SUBSCRIBING. You can subscribe to an e-mail group and receive and send text messages to and from the group forever without registering.

In order to use the advanced features of the YahooGroups web site, however, including access to a searchable list of archived messages, lists of members, and

archived text files, you MUST REGISTER. This can only be done on-line at the YahooGroups web site: <http://groups.yahoo.com/>.

Each person (well, technically, each e-mail address) needs to register ONLY ONCE with Yahoo—no matter how many separate groups you join—for example, I currently subscribe to over 80 YahooGroups, but I have only registered once.

To control what future advertising messages that Yahoo! sends to you, after you are registered, go to the “Marketing Preferences” page — I think this page will get you there:

MEMBERS of each list are encouraged to post directly their own messages about what’s going on in the Caribbean, or what they have questions about. Once subscribed any list member can address all list members just by sending a message to

where you substitute the actual groupname for groupname, such as


There is no moderation on messages directly posted to these groups.

We occasionally post the same information to more than one list, but not usually. The facilities for these mailing lists maintained by the “yahoogroups.com” organization include archiving all of the messages posted to the list, calendars, databases, polling, an archive of down-loadable files and a variety of other services which can be explored at their web site at <http://groups.yahoo.com/>. To access the web site, usually you have to register your e-mail address and a password of your own devising with yahoogroups.com.

These lists are described below.

Caribbean Biodiversity Conservation — this list was founded 22 years ago to support Island Resources’s Biodiversity Conservation and NGO Development Office in Antigua. List membership includes scientists, researchers, and students working in the region and natural resource planners and managers. The list has a large number of bird experts enrolled. Other e-mail groups that have been rolled into Caribbean Biodiversity include: International Oceanographic Commission for the Caribbean and Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (IOCaribe & CLME), Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, Caribbean Coral ReefsCaribbean Stars, the San Andres Research group, and Caribbean Bats. To subscribe simply send a blank e-mail to <caribbean-biodiversity-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>. We expect this consolidated group to have about 500 members.

Caribbean Civil Society Forum for Sustainable Development. This Forum provides a space for discussion of sustainable development issues in the Caribbean, especially among individuals and organisations in the non-governmental sector. It is intended to enable information sharing about programme planning, implementation, and management among individuals and civil society organisations in the region. The group also includes the former Caribbean Policy Assessment group. This list is open to all interested persons and groups in the Caribbean; members may post messages directly in Spanish, French, or English. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <carib-ngo-forum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>.

The Caribbean Conservation group. This group is open to all interested conservationists — it is moderated in memory of the Caribbean Conservation Association, and addresses general regional environmental topics, with special focus on those for which the CCA has historically focused, including whaling, multilateral environmental agreements, and institutional capacity building, biodiversity conservation, and information exchange. <CCA- members-subscribe@yahoogroups.com> The lists previously maintained for the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC), the VI Conservation Alliance, the Nevis Peak Project, and the Caribbean Territories group have all been encouraged to join this group.

Caribbean GIS Users and Environmental Impact Analysis — News of interest to 300+ regional users and implementers of geographic information systems and remote sensing applications, and the people who apply these tools, especially for EIA. This group is based on the longest-running GIS list in the region. It is also where most of the posts about integrated coastal zone management and related coastal engineering topics are published. We also forward some GIS job postings to this list. Other groups incorporated in this group include Caribbean TsunamiGEOSS. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <carib-gis-users-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>.

Grenada’s Story: This e-mail list complements the Grenada-history web site at <http://www.grenada-history.org>, which was originally sponsored by Alister and Margaret Hughes in order to stimulate a restoration of community awareness and concern by all Grenadians and well wishers. Subscribe with an e-mail to: <grenada-history-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>. We will be announcing the release of additional parts of Alister Hughes’ published and never-before printed writings on this list.

IRF Member Newsletter — this 200-subscriber list provides members, friends, well-wishers, and Program Associates of the now defunct Island Resources Foundation with current news and opinion about events of environmental consequence in the world of small islands, and among the Foundation’s major stakeholders and friends. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to <irf-members-news-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>. Tidbits distributed through this e-mail group are of a more transitory nature than posts to the IRF News and Blog on this updated IRF.ORG web site.

Bruce Potter