WORKING TOGETHER – Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union Partner

Barbados is well on its way to becoming the most environmentally advanced green economy and green country in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. That is according to Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Esther Byer. She made the point while expressing Government’s full support for the Latin America, Caribbean […]

$14 Million Allocated For Chemical Management Project

By Chris Patterson  A total of $14 million has been set aside in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, to effect the National Quick Start Programme Trust Fund Project, in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. The project, formerly known as the Globally Harmonized System of the Classification […]

Gov’t Making Strides Towards Creating a Green Economy

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker  Photo by: Mark BellMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill (centre), looks on as Barbados’ Minister of Environment, Water Resources, and Drainage, Dr. the Hon. Denis Lowe (2nd left), exchanges a ‘high five’ with Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP), Asad Naqvi (right). Occasion was the official […]

The role of the 2015 agreement in mobilising climate finance

The path towards the next agreement on climate change expected in Paris at the end of the year passed through the UNFCCC ADP 2.8 session in Geneva from 8 to 13 February. According to an informal note by the Co-Chairs of the Geneva session, the objective was to “mak[e] available a negotiating text for a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed […]

Climate Change In Jamaica 10 Years’ Time

What progress do you expect Jamaica to make in the next 10 years in climate-change policy initiatives? In our latest Gleaner Editors’ Forum at our North Street office in Kingston yesterday, we had participants answering this question. Robert Pickersgill Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change For me, it would be between education and […]

‘Be Realistic About Sustainable Development’

CLINTON THOMPSON, commissioner of the Mines and Geology Division, has called on environmentalists to be balanced when they lobby for sustainable development. “We have to be realistic,” Thompson said, charging that “many environmentalists go around with this mentality which states, ‘I love omelettes, but don’t break the egg’”. “The building of roads and infrastructure will […]

New Development Order for Negril/Green Island

By Marlon Tingling  Photo by: JIS PhotographerMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill addresses a public consultation with stakeholders held at the Negril Community Centre on Friday January 30. The Minister announced that he will shortly be signing a new development order for the Negril/Green Island area which will allow for the […]

Climate Change Policy and Action Plan to be Tabled this Month

By Athaliah Baker Photo by: Melroy SterlingMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, delivers the keynote address at the media launch of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Research Days 2015, held on January 20 at the St. Andrew campus.   The Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan will […]

Trinidad Receives $40 Million CDB Loan for Energy Policy Changes

  Above: Clint Ramcharan, Director for Trinidad and Tobago (left) with CDB President, Dr Warren Smith By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad and Tobago has received a $40 million policy-based loan from the Caribbean Development Bank to help reinforce “policy changes” in the energy sector, the bank announced. The policy relates to a sustainable energy […]

Senate Passes Disaster Risk Management Bill

The Senate this afternoon passed the Disaster Risk Management bill which will empower emergency personnel to legally evacuate persons as a preventive measure. It will also allow the establishment of no-build zones. Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding, who piloted the bill, said it has been difficult for local disaster managers to carry out their mandates […]