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UNEP CEP to Develop First Regional State of the Marine Environment Report for the Caribbean Sea

UNEP CEP to Develop First Regional State of the Marine Environment Report for the Caribbean Sea

As countries “Raised their Voices and Not the Sea Level” in celebration of World Environment Day, and commemorated World Oceans Day under the theme “Together We Have the Power to Protect the Oceans”, UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme has committed to develop the first State of Marine Environment Report for the Caribbean Sea.  Read more: UNEP […]

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Caribbean Experts to Meet to Discuss Coastal and Marine Pollution – June 10th-13th 2014

  Over thirty scientific and technical experts from the Wider Caribbean Region will meet in Managua, Nicaragua from June 10th-13th to discuss current and emerging pollution issues for the Wider Caribbean Region. This meeting of the Second Scientific Technical and Advisory Committee (2nd STAC) for the Protocol concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS […]

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Invasive Species Compendium Webinar – Wednesday 4 June 2014: 09.00-10.30 AST

FREE Webinar Session: Invasive Species Compendium   Date: Wednesday 4 June 2014 Time: 09.00-10.30 AST   For more information: ISC_Webinar (PDF)

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Jamaica reports big drop in lionfish sightings – As reported in The Economic Times

KINGSTON (JAMAICA): Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans. Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of the candy-striped predator with a mane of venomous […]

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Giant African Snail Closer to ‘Food Basket’ Region – Trinidad Guardian

Giant African Snail Closer to ‘Food Basket’ Region – Trinidad Guardian

During the course of January, over 20,000 Giant African snails were collected in farming districts in Mt Lambert, just north of the Aranguez “food basket” community.  Local authorities had previously successfully contained the aggressive invasive species for more than five years in the Diego Martin area. They are potentially disease-carrying creatures that pose a threat to […]

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Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are organisms whose introduction and/or spread impacts human health and well being; disrupts trade and threaten biological diversity.
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Major Threats

Currently, the following threats pose a serious risk to biodiversity

Giant African Snail

Giant African Snail

Lionfish

Lionfish

Red Palm Mite

Red Palm Mite




Caribbean Working Groups

Currently in the Caribbean, three (3) distinct Invasive Alien Species (IAS) working groups have been established to address mitigation of Invasive Alien Species. These groups encompass the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

MTIASIC (Mitigating the Threat of Invasive Alien Species)

CISWIG (Caribbean Invasive Species Working Group)

CPHD (Caribbean Plant Health Directors)



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Species to be Aware of

Red Palm Mite

Red Palm Mite

Lionfish

Lionfish

Giant African Snail

Giant African Snail

Frosty Pod Rot

Frosty Pod Rot

White Top

White Top

Green Mussels

Green Mussels

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Legislation and Policy Issues

Currently model state law is being drafted for invasive species detection, control, and management. This model state law provides the statutory framework for a comprehensive program to address invasive non-native species.


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