Tourism Workshop –  Helvig Thode, Bonaire Representative

Tourism Workshop – Helvig Thode, Bonaire Representative

“Bonaire will position itself as a progressive island in terms of synergizing people and nature. This will result in a positive economic, cultural and nature stimulation for the island,” said Ms. Helvig Thode, Bonaire’s Representative.

In 2017, the tourism industry contributed 229 million US dollars to the local economy and 25 per cent of jobs are tourism related. The challenges include the competition from elsewhere, an underperforming mainstay tourism sector – diving – need a more diversified portfolio inadequate pricing of eco-tourism sector, need for improved accommodation, convert Bonaire into a high-end destination with 30 per cent of hotel inventory at four-star plus star.

The intention is to convert tourism industry into an engine that serves all of Bonaire, notably using its credentials as the First Blue Destination. It was the first Caribbean island to have a protected marine park and 40 per cent of the island uses clean energy. Becoming a blue destination is aligned to Bonaire’s culture history and the heritage of the people who have embraced and protected the ocean for their livelihood.

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Port development on Montserrat

Port development on Montserrat

After years of delay, Port Development on Montserrat is moving forward. Montserrat’s new port will be constructed at Little Bay, with funding secured for the project of up to £21 million/EC$88 million.

The first phase of development of Port project will include a much needed breakwater, and also a roll on, roll off facility for cargo ships. In addition, small cruise vessels will also be able to dock at the new port when completed.

On Tuesday, August 21st, 2018, Hon Minister Paul Lewis and other officials at MCWEL (Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour) hosted four of five firms that are in the bidding to manage both the Technical Consulting, and also the environment and social impact assessments for the Port Little Bay Project.

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BIC Award 2017 innovation calédonienne pour compter les poissons

BIC Award 2017 innovation calédonienne pour compter les poissons

Un logiciel capable d’analyser automatiquement des images sous-marines. C’est une réalisation calédonienne. La start-up Visioon a déjà reçu un prix européen pour son innovation.

Innover dans le monde de la recherche c’est ce qu’a fait Delphine Mallet, docteure en écologie marine. A partir de son travail d’observation d’écosystème marin, elle a créé un logiciel capable d’analyser automatiquement des vidéos d’images sous-marines. La start-up calédonienne Visioon a déjà reçu plusieurs prix pour cette innovation, dont le prix BIC (Business, Innovation, Creativity) d’OCTA Innovation décerné par l’Union Européenne en 2o17.

Le project OSECLA, porté par l’université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et Visioon, consiste à définir un protocole d’échantillonnage standarisé permettant de suivre les populations de poissons des fonds meubles en s’appuyant sur cette technologie vidéo brevetée.

Des caméras filment les fonds marins à 360° sur une surface de 60 km2, entre l’Anse Vata et la Baie des Citrons et jusqu’au récif. Le logiciel créé par Visioon va ensuite analyser ces images sans avoir besoin qu’un scientifique reste constamment devant l’écran. Un gain de temps considérable et une innovation qui pourra être utilisée dans d’autres domaines.

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Fight plastic pollution in St Helena

Fight plastic pollution in St Helena

Derek Henry, St Helena Government’s Director of Environment & Natural Resources, talking about funding to fight plastic pollution in St Helena, said that project provides ”a fantastic opportunity for St Helena to become involved in reducing the amount of plastic that enters our marine ecosystem. It will involve the whole community and will educate and set up the processes for monitoring and reducing plastic waste to create a better marine environment around our Island.”

St Helena National Trust Marine Team and the St Helena Government Marine Section and Prince Andrew School students walked to Sharks Valley on the island for a beach clean-up. More than 1,000 plastic bottles, 1,540 pieces of polystyrene, 50 fishing buoys/floats and 124 flip–flops and shoes were collected by the volunteers. Read more

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Mangroves & James Kairo VUB fellowship

Mangroves & James Kairo VUB fellowship

Mangroves are the epitome of life. They harbour species and life forms that cannot be found elsewhere. But above all they are the life support of communities around the world.

Mangroves are rapidly degrading and disappearing around the world. This is of serious concern to Dr James Kairo, who has been put forward as a VUB Fellow (VUB – Vrije Universteit Brussel – Free University of Brussels)  in recognition of his unique work studying and protecting mangroves. “He is one of the most versatile and productive people I have met,” says Professor Nico Koedam.

“This award shows that no matter where you come from, you can make a difference if you fight
for local communities and local environments.” James Kairo. Read more about  VUB & James

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Statia Blue a smartphone app towards a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry

Statia Blue a smartphone app towards a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry

Currently EU is funding pilot innovation project called Statia Blue. Project is basically using the latest technologies to develop sustainable fishery. The idea behind a smartphone app that could transform the Caribbean fishing industry has been launched on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. When introduced as a test project later this year, the fishing App will link the supply of the local daily catch directly to the demand from the regional market. Dr. Teresa Leslie, Director of the St Eustatius Foundation who is managing EU funded innovation pilot project on the island comments: “Every fishermen on St. Eustatius has already agreed to use this technology. What is amazing is how the older the fishermen, the keener they are to use the technology. By owning the market process instead of being owned by the market, our fishermen in the region will ensure a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry.

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Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

StatiaBlue is an EU funded innovation pilot project in Sint Eustatius, where the beneficiary and cofounder is St Eustatius Fundation (SEF). Statia has suffered from the effects of two hurricanes during the project execution, but the project team headed by Dr. Teresa Leslie (SEF) is doing its best to catch the time and to deliver project on time. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (OCTA Innovation) and John Sandiford (Antonio Media) talk to local fisherman Reynaldo Redan about the issues related to development of the StatiaBlue fishing app.

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Saint Lucia innovates to address Sargassum seaweed

Saint Lucia innovates to address Sargassum seaweed

Sargassum is free-floating brown macro-algae that lives in the temperate and tropical oceans. In the open ocean, the floating seaweed provides important ecosystem services by acting as habitats for a diverse group of marine animals.

Since 2011, excessively large quantities of Sargassum have accumulated in the Caribbean Sea, only to wash ashore in several Caribbean countries. A young entrepreneur in St Lucia recognized an opportunity to capitalize on this freely available resource to create valuable organic agricultural inputs, which could in turn reduce and eventually replace the environmentally harmful synthetic chemicals used to grow food.

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