August 2013 Posts

NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter: Connecting Partners Across the Caribbean – Summer 2013

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NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter is Now Available!!!

CLCC Steering Committee member Lisamarie Carrubba announced today that the Summer 2013 issue of the “NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter” is now available. The newsletter will also be published on the NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Team webpage at (under “Newsletters”).

She writes:

  • “Forecasting hurricanes, mapping coral reefs, monitoring climate change, operating tsunami warning systems, managing fisheries and producing navigation charts are just a few of the NOAA services of economic and environmental importance to the people of the Caribbean. Given the diversity and geographic extent of projects across the region, sharing best practices and communicating the status and coordination of science, service and stewardship happening with NOAA and its partners in the region can be challenging. To aid this effort, the NOAA in the Caribbean Initiative began in 2010. NOAA Carib is pleased to announce the release of Vol. 2, Issue 2 of the NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter to continue our commitment to better connect NOAA activities and scientists with the Caribbean region’s managers, partners, and decision-makers. NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science support the initiative and the newsletter.

    In the August 2013 issue, we cover stories on efforts to replant damaged reefs using corals from coral nurseries, sediment testing results from the St. Thomas East End Marine Reserves, seafloor mapping and land acquisition in Northeast Puerto Rico, characterization of non-commercial fishing in St. Croix, and we provide news on NOAA activities and products for the U.S. and wider Caribbean region.

    We welcome feedback on the newsletter style and content, and are always interested in receiving contributions from NOAA Line Offices to help connect NOAA and our partners in the Caribbean. Please e-mail your feedback and story ideas to”

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  • Day One of 16th Biennial Caribbean Foresters Meeting

    [column col=”1/4″]AR Eng [/column] [column col=”3/4″]Saludos from Boca Chica, Dominican Republic! This week the CLCC is participating in the 16th Biennial Caribbean Foresters Meeting, where nearly 100 representatives from 27 countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America and the United States are gathering to discuss and share perspectives on the impact of climate change within the Caribbean region, and at a broader scale.

    According to the organizers, it is the largest one to date, almost doubling the amount of participants at previous meetings over the past 30 years. This year’s theme, “Forest Management, Climate Change and Biodiversity: Advancing an understanding of Caribbean forest dynamics and creating long-term regional networks”, focuses not only on the unique challenges that forests in the region must face due to climate change, but also on the need to strengthen international networks and increase collaboration among forestry professionals. Climate change, biodiversity, long-term, regional, networks? Lots of key CLCC words and shared interests! We’re hoping our oral and poster presentations help contribute to the Caribbean Foresters goals of strengthening these areas in the region.

    AR Eng

    The opening ceremony was hosted by Bautista Rojas Gómez, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, and included remarks by local and international government officials, such as Héctor Mata (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, Dominican Republic), Alexandria Panehal (Director of the US Agency for International Development, USAID, Dominican Republic), and Ariel Lugo (Director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry, IITF, USDA Forest Service, Puerto Rico). The day closed with a wonderful cultural event hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic.

    And of course the CLCC has been tweeting throughout the event along with our partners. To follow the twitter conversation search #CFmeeting (and #CFsymposium for the first half of day one).

    Here are some highlights:

    Caribbean LCC ‏Dr. Lugo “Caribbean has something Central American forests don’t – hurricanes. We have human impacts and hurricane impacts”

    Caribbean LCC Great start at Caribbean Foresters #cfmeeting with sponsors @ambienterd @USAID @USFS_IITF @FAOForestry @giz_gmbh @nature_org @CFMeeting

    Caribbean LCC ‏Diaz: “@ambienterd of DR started our national system of forest monitoring last year” as part of their REDD efforts #cfsymposium @IUCN_redd

    Forest Service, IITF ‏#CFMeeting “El 39% del territorio Dominicano está cubierto de bosque, en Haití no sobrepasa el 2%”,Ricardo Garcia @FAOnoticias RT @CFMeeting

    Caribbean Foresters ‏~6,000 especies de flora nativa en La Española #CFMeeting “Características y Estado de Conservación de la Flora Dominicana” Ricardo García

    Conservation Gateway (TNC) ‏RT@Caribbean_LCC There are online lists of species in the Caribbean at and from @smithsonian … #CFmeeting

    To read the press releases in English and Spanish click here.