Caribbean Environmental Mailing Lists
Island Resources E-Mail Discussion Groups for the Caribbean and Global Islands Communities
Island Resources Foundation is a 40+-year-old non-profit organization that addresses the environmental problems of development in small [mostly tropical] islands. We have several active programs, including biodiversity conservation, sediment and erosion control, and coastal zone and watershed management. As part of our environmental information program, supporting all of these program areas, the Foundation owns or moderates 35 separate e-mail discussion groups subscribing more than 3,500 individuals and groups. Most of these groups are more than five years old.
Seventeen of these public lists are described below. In general we encourage SUBSCRIBERS to CONTRIBUTE information to the group, and additionally, we pull-and-repost information off the Internet and social media.In addition to these "public" lists, we moderate lists for a dozen other groups --- contact us if you'd like help setting up an environment-focused e-mail group of your own.
Caribbean Biodiversity Conservation -- this list was founded 18 years ago to support our Biodiversity Conservation and NGO Development Office in Antigua. The 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. To subscribe simply send a blank e-mail to <email@example.com>. There are currently about 375 subscribers.
"'Environmental Working Group' of the Forum of Organizations of Civil Society for the Wider Caribbean." This is a bi-lingual list for Environmental NGOs with about 130 members from throughout the Caribbean. It grew out of a group of NGOs trying to be involved in the policy deliberations of the Association of Caribbean States. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA) membership group. This group of over 200 subscribers is open to all interested conservationists -- it is moderated by the Foundation on behalf of the CCA, and addresses general regional environmental topics, with special focus on those for which the CCA has historically focussed, including whaling, multilateral environmental agreements, environmental NGOs and institutional capacity building, biodiversity conservation, and information exchange.< CCAemail@example.com>
Caribbean Assessment and Reporting Mailing List. The list concentrates on tools and information sharing for conducting state-of-the-environment reports, policy analyses and projections for alternative environmental futures. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Caribbean GIS Users -- News of interest to 300+ regional users and implementers of geographic information systems and remote sensing applications. The longest-running GIS list in the region. We also forward some GIS job postings to this list. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <email@example.com>.
Sustainable Tourism Mailing List—encompasses private sector, governmental bodies, and the scientific and conservation communities which seek to promote the development of a sustainable tourism for the Caribbean, to enhance the ethical management of our natural and cultural resources and to protect the health of our people and guests. Originally established for the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST). To subscribe or send an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Caribbean Coral Reefs. This list was set up with the World Resources Institute to help coordinate coral reef information exchange throughout the Wider Caribbean in support of the 2004 publication of Caribbean Reefs at Risk, an update of the UNEP/WRI/ICLARM 1998 global Reefs at Risk assessment. It has about 240 members. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <email@example.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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. We will be announcing the release of additional parts of Alister Hughes' published and never-before printed writings on this list.
EIA on Islands -- Subcribe with a blank message to <Island-EIAemail@example.com>. This 150-member group combines several previous groups to focus on issues of governance and empowerment in the Evironmental Impact Assessment process in the Virgin Islands, Caribbean regional, and global levels. It is also where most of the posts about integrated coastal zone management are published.
San Andres Research Mailing List. This list is maintained to support a network of researchers interested in research about the people, reefs, and banks of the Colombian Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence, and Santa Catalina. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The "Caribbean Territories" discussion list is organized to promote communication and information exchange among the dependent small islands in the Caribbean, especially the US, British, French and Dutch dependencies. Subjects include governance and environment. To subscribe: send a blank, no subject message to <email@example.com>.
Caribbean Bats Mailing List. This list was established and is moderated by Lois Blumenthal of the Cayman Islands to bring together people interested in bats from throughout the Caribbean. On-line resources of this group include sketch plans for bat houses. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <Caribbeanfirstname.lastname@example.org>.
Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC). This list was established in response to a request from the members of the Museums Association of the Caribbean at their 15th annual general meeting in Tortola in 2003. Members are encouraged to post in any [Caribbean] language. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to <MAC-Caribbeanemail@example.com>.
IRF Member Newsletter — this 200-subscriber list provides Island Resources Foundation members, friends, and Program Associates 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
In addition to these e-mail groups, the Foundation has been active in support of two major island-focussed web sites:
1) The Global Islands Network <http://www.globalislands.net> which was founded at the same time as SIDSNet on behalf of the worldwide community of those working to support sustainable development in small islands; and
2) ISISA—this is the 500-member list for the International Small Islands Study Association. ISISA is unique in its worldwide scope and the way it combines participation by academics and residents. ISISA also has an excellent web site hosted by the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus <http://isisa.maui.hawaii.edu>
In recent years, ISISA has held its biennial meetings in Skye (Scotland), Prince Edward Island (Canada), Kinmen (formerly known as Quemoy, Taiwan), Maui, Jeju, Bornholm and the British Virgin Islands. The 2014 meeting is set for the island of Jersey. To subscribe send an e-mail to <email@example.com>.
In addition to the groups described above, Island Resources was instrumental in setting up the GLISPA-Discuss (GLobal ISlands PArtnership) e-mail discussion group on the Googlegroups forum. This was established at the request of Kate Brown, the GLISPA Coordinator, based at IUCN's DC office and is currently managed by a NY City-based contractor and has about 500 members.
The general rules to SUBSCRIBE to one of these automated e-mail groups, run by the Yahoo! organization are:
To join/subscribe to a Group via email:
1. Send a blank email to:
Make sure to replace "groupname" with the actual name
of the Group (e.g.,
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.
Alternatively, you can also SUBSCRIBE on-line at the Yahoo Groups web site, <http://www.yahoogroups.com>
To join, or subscribe to, a Group via the Yahoo! Groups web site:
- Locate a Group by browsing the categories listed on the Yahoo! Groups home page, or by using the search box on any page.
- Once you've found a Group that interests you, click its name to view the main Group page for more information.
- Click on Join this Group!. In addition to joining, you will be able to set your membership options.
- 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 which entitles you to [only] 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 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 individual 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: <http://subscribe.yahoo.com/showaccount>.
We STRONGLY encourage list MEMBERS to post 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
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.