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

Posted on March 2, 2017

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

Posted on January 23, 2017

From the blog on the CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research, I think they do stuff with forests) web site at <> 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

Posted on January 20, 2017

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]

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

Posted on January 15, 2017

[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

Posted on January 3, 2017

from the Bermuda Royal Gazette <> 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

Posted on December 17, 2016

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

Posted on December 14, 2016

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]

Advice from 101-Year-Old Frank Wadsworth on the Closing of IRF

Posted on December 13, 2016

[Here’s a note we got via e-mail from Frank Wadsworth, retired from the US Forest Service in Puerto Rico. Check out Frank’s blog at <>, or write to him on-line ]. Here’s Frank’s note, which is the best Holiday note … [Read more]

Anita Gurumurthy at the Internet Governance Forum, 6 Dec. 2016, Opening Session, Guadalajara

Posted on December 6, 2016

Statement by Anita Gurumurthy, at the IGF Opening Session, Guadalajara [We’re reprinting this Introduction to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) by Ms Gurumurthy because of its significance for the role of civil society, and the Internet, which is one of … [Read more]

How to Increase the Integration of Cuban Science and Technology with the Global Community

Posted on October 7, 2016

[In my experience both working with Cuba in UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook program, and during birding trips to the island, I’ve been greatly impressed by the depth of Cuban expertise in many science and technology fields. There is a major … [Read more]