The Global Environment Facility-funded UN Environment Programme-implemented Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (GEF UNEP IWEco) Project will meet virtually on 23rd and 24th September 2021, for the Project’s 5th Regional Project Steering Committee Meeting (RPSCM 5).Read More
The IWEco Saint Lucia National Project is using an innovative approach to forest conservation and sustainable land management by training farmers to cultivate vanilla, an increasingly precious commodity, in the south of the island. The vanilla training sessions which began in April 2021, aim to build knowledge of best practices for vanilla cultivation as well as to restore and uphold traditional knowledge. The project is revitalizing vanilla cultivation on the island, ensuring that traditional knowledge of the management of the crop is not lost, creating sustainable livelihoods, and enhancing the economic viability of the island’s agriculture sector. Most importantly, this agro-forestry activity is contributing significantly to conservation efforts and sustainable land management by giving farmers a financial reason not to destroy the forest.Read More
This article, written by the IWEco Jamaica National sub-Project Management unit at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), describes conservation activities being undertaken by the project to protect the West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arborea).Read More
In March 2021, the UNEP GEF-funded IWEco) Project, joined with the UNEP Caribbean Sub-Regional Office (CSRO), the Cartagena Convention Secretariat and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representation for Jamaica, the Bahamas and Belize, to invite individuals and groups to participate in the conversation on ecosystem restoration. The campaign, launched on the International Day of Forests (IDF) under the theme “Restoration Begins with Me”, culminated on World Environment Day (WED), June 5th, 2021, as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration began. This is an introduction to the campaign and an announcement of the social media campaign to share submissions via social media, beginning on WED 2021, 5th June.Read More
On 9th April 2021, La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, began a series of explosive eruptions which reached their peak with the collapse of the dome and the beginning of pyroclastic flows on April 12th, and which continued almost daily until recently. This activity decimated nearby towns, agriculture, affected rivers, and blanketed the entire country in ash. People and animals had to be evacuated out of the danger zone and the country has since been preoccupied coping with a humanitarian crisis, made more challenging by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The unpredictability of the volcano led to great concern not only about the inhabitants of the island, but also about the parrots and other wildlife which would have been badly affected in the immediate zone around the volcano. This article describes the plight of "Vincie" as the St. Vincent Parrot is fondly known, and efforts, led by the St. Vincent Department of Forestry, to save it.