PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; November 20, 2019. – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), in collaboration with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the University of South Florida (USF) is hosting the Water Sector Resilience Symposium during the Ministry of Energy & Water Resources’ Renewable Energy Expo on 22nd November 2019…(click on the link below to read the full release.
The conference would be held from 17 – 20 June 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
The 1st International Conference on Water Security will welcome academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight key issues and directions for change from scientific and policy perspectives, including data needs and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, political opportunities and obstacles, what the expressed human needs are, and where the knowledge gaps exist.
Persons wishing to view further information on the conference and registration can view the conference homepage.
In the article below by Arturo Santiago, published February 28, 2018, for MSW Management, the journal of municipal solid waste management professionals, he looks at one twelve year old girl, who makes it her business to pick up the trash along the 2 mile route to school, despite being bullied by her peers. Follow the link below to read the article and make your comments.
When I tell friends who are unfamiliar with the waste universe that I’m the editor of MSW Management, most of them ask, “What does MSW stand for?” Of course I would answer, municipal solid waste, and go on to explain that…
“Trash?” the friend would interrupt in a pious and ignorant manner.
Yes, trash. But what most people don’t realize is that there are entire industries dedicated to…
“Do you have to go to the dump to find stories?” the friend would snicker.
The teasing doesn’t bother me because number one, I’m an adult, and two, I realize the importance of waste management in civil society.
You can read the rest of the article here
The 8th World Water Forum, organized by the World Water Council and the Government of Brazil, would be held from March 18th 2018 – March 23rd 2018.
The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event that brings together all those interested in the theme of water.
With the overall aim “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth”.
The World Water Forum contributes to the dialogue of the decision-making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource.
For more information on this year’s World Water Forum one can view the webpage at 8th World Water Forum
We have just received our journal subscription for the Water Well Journal for December 2017 (Volume 71 No. 2), which is focuses on groundwater and sustainability. As such one can find information on topics such as the significance of groundwater professionals, case study on flooded wells, as a result of Hurricane Matthew, water treatment and water quality, compressed gas safety, leadership and other related information from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) such as upcoming events and an index of major articles by month for 2017.
Persons wishing to view this issue or any back issues can email me or check me at my desk.
We all know that rivers play an important role, whether it is for supporting a unique ecosystem, providing areas for recreation and most importantly ensuring sustainable development through the provision of a clean water supply.
The International River Foundation champions integrated river basin management for the restoration, protection and sustainable management of the world’s rivers by facilitating education, recognition and collaboration.
They recently announced the finalists for the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize. The prize rewards inspiring initiatives that demonstrate Integrated River Basin Management to restore and protect rivers, wetlands, lakes and estuaries. Previous winners and finalists have received widespread recognition, built new partnerships, shared their knowledge and won other awards following Riverprize, becoming part of a network of river practitioners and experts from around the world.
The list of finalist include:
- Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers (Alaska, USA)
- San Antonio River (Texas, USA)
- Tweed River (UK)
- Pasig River (Philippines)
To learn more about these finalists, as well as, the International River Foundation follow this link.
This article by J.E. Gonzalez et al. notes that regions within Central America and the Caribbean are ideally located for tracking the effects of climate change and testing innovative ways to adapt to such changes which could serve as a template for other climate change studies.
Okay guys I have just received a digital copy of the Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 from a member of staff.
This document has been published by the Water Integrity Network Association (WIN) under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), which simply means that it should only be used for personal non-commercial reasons.
A comprehensive document of 215 pages, excluding references and glossary, one can find information on water integrity, sustainability, finance, regulation and governance, integrity tools and planning, as well as, monitoring and evaluation.
Persons can download the Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 or send me an email for a soft copy.
I do hope you all appreciate this contribution from your colleague as much as I do. Happy reading guys. 🙂
With an insightful and informative article in today’s Trinidad Express Newspaper, Rahanna Juman, from the Institute of Marine Affairs, reminds us about the importance of maintaining and promoting our wetlands, since they are significant tools for aiding in climate change and dealing with extreme weather events.
One can also get further information from the Ramsar website by following the Word Wetlands Day link.
For instance, coral reefs such as the Buccoo Reef, are known to act as offshore barriers, with seagrass beds, sequestering and storing carbon which provides mitigation benefits in terms of climate change. This is also the case for mangrove forests and tidal marshes. Yet, the major question is whether or not sufficient measures are being undertaken to ensure that our wetlands such as the Nariva and Caroni Swamp and the Buccoo Reef, are being managed for future sustainability.
However, with this in mind, there are ways that communities, individuals and policymakers can aid in the sustainability of our wetlands which are as follows:(taken from the following Wetlands Sustain Lives How Can We Sustain Them?)
• Find out how the wetlands in your area are being used or overused – and who depends on them. How do wetlands protect your area during extreme events?
• Adopt practices that ensure long- term sustainability of the local wetlands for everyone. Measures might include controlling illegal fishing and dumping, no –take rules, set catch limits and regulate the type of activities by season.
• Clear rubbish from wetlands, and unblock streams and rivers.
Governments can include wetlands in their strategy for coping with disasters. Possible measures:
Designate wetlands in flood- and storm-prone zones as protected areas.
• Restore degraded wetlands that act as protective barriers.
• Work with local stake holders and civil society to promote sustainable agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
• Adopt cross sectoral policies especially in agriculture and water to help protect wetlands.
Organize or join a wetland clean-up.
• Become a Wetland Ambassador advocate for wetlands.
• Use water more sparingly and avoid toxic products that drain into wetlands.
• Participate in actions to conserve and restore wetlands
Also if you’re looking for a fun activity, for you and the family, you can visit a wetland near you and enjoy the simple pleasures that it offers. Persons between the ages of 18-25 worldwide can also take part in the Wetlands Youth Photo Contest, which runs for the period between February 2 to March 2 2017 and offers a chance to win a flight to a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections.
The Caribbean Future Forum invites you to participate online in our webinar “The Environmental Sustainability Challenge” with Dr. Richard Byron-Cox of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Professor Valerie Stoute, Programme Professor Environmental Studies, UTT.
This webinar will explore the the challenges faced in achieving environmental sustainability in Caribbean nations while identifying strategies to overcome these challenges.
Join them live on Tuesday 09 August 2016, from 10:00am -11:00am(AST) by registering below.
To learn more or view this webinar and join the discussion register at: http://caribbeanfutureforum.com/caribbean-health-the-social-determinants/
Stay tuned to their website at www.caribbeanfutureforum.com for more information. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues.
Thank you for your virtual participation!