Common Caribbean Strategies Needed Against Climate ChangeBesoin de stratégies communes des Caraïbes contre le changement climatique

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Interview of Cuban climate expert Ramón Pichs by Patricia Grogg. Pichs warns that the environmental vulnerability of Caribbean countries is aggravated by the fragility of their economies. ALBA initiatives are underway to improve the response to climate change phenomena and take measures to protect areas such as agriculture and coastlines. These and national efforts will be complemented by inputs from organizations like Caricom and CELAC. (English | French)

Key Decisions and Directions From ALBA XI: ‘A Grand Summit!’

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | By Yaima Puig Meneses, Granma. Agreements by member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) included a common economic zone, strong support for the Republic of Haiti, backing for Argentina on issue of the Malvinas, a call for the release of the Cuban Five, a special declaration on Puerto Rico’s right to full independence, and an official communique condemning the U.S. destabilization of Syria. Participants ratified Haiti’s participation as a permanent special invitee and agreed to hold the next summit of the ALBA Foreign Ministers in Jacmel, Haiti. (Video: Pres. Rafael Correa speech, in Spanish)

Cuba Strengthens Regional TiesCuba fortalece lazos con su región sin descuidar su frente norte

By Patricia Grogg, IPS | Anna Ramdass, Trinidad Express. President Raúl Castro recently traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the 4th Cuba-CARICOM summit. CARICOM chairman Dr Denzil Douglas has since called on the U.S. to put an immediate end to the trade embargo against Cuba. Cuba maintains diplomatic ties with CARICOM’s 14 members, including Haiti. (English | Spanish)

Rainwater Harvesting Ideal Source of Freshwater for Haiti

With no piped water, residents of Genus, St. Elizabeth depend on rainwater for domestic and agricultural purposes. Here, a woman harvests water from a tank into which rainwater is channeled from the roofs of two nearby buildings (photo: Ian Allen).

By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.

A Sea Change

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A Poem by Derek Walcott. Derek Walcott is a writer and painter from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He was born in 1930. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. This is his poem #22 under “A Sea Change” in his latest volume of poetry, titled White Egrets (2010).A Poem by Derek Walcott. Derek Walcott is a writer and painter from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He was born in 1930. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. This is his poem #22 under “A Sea Change” in his latest volume of poetry, titled White Egrets (2010).A Poem by Derek Walcott. Derek Walcott is a writer and painter from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He was born in 1930. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. This is his poem #22 under “A Sea Change” in his latest volume of poetry, titled White Egrets (2010).

Venezuela’s Chavez Forgives Haiti’s Debt

By Staff, AFP via Focus Information Agency. President Hugo Chavez on Monday said that Petrocaribe, Venezuela’s regional energy alliance, will forgive quake-stricken Haiti’s debt.