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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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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St Eustatius National Parks Foundation

St Eustatius National Parks Foundation

STENAPA (an acronym for St. Eustatius National Parks) is the national parks organisation of Sint Eustatius. STENAPA is a non-profit, non-governmental foundation which was founded in 1988, and registered in 1995. The function of this foundation is environmental protection. STENAPA currently manages the National Marine Park, the Quill / Boven National Park, and the Botanical Garden. STENAPA is one of the members of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance.

The Statia National Marine Park was established in 1996 with the objective of conserving and managing the marine resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the people and future generations. The Marine Park surrounds the island from the high-water mark down to 30 meters depth, and also encompasses two Marine Park Reserves.

The Quill / Boven National Park was pronounced the first official national park of the Netherlands Antilles in 1998, making it a protected nature reserve. The park was created to protect unique biodiversity and ensure sustainable use by all stakeholders. The Quill / Boven National Park comprises two different areas or subsectors. One is the dormant stratovolcano known as the Quill, which is in the southern part of the island. The other area is a group of five hills in the northern part of the island: Bergje, Boven (the highest of the five), Venus, Gilboa Hill and Signal Hill. These five hills are the remnants of another stratovolcano.

The Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden was started in 1998. The main emphasis is on species that are or were native to the island and the surrounding islands. There is also an experimental area where researchers are studying methods of controlling the problematic invasive species Antigonon leptopus, the corallita vine.

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Montserrat hosting OECS environment council meeting

Montserrat hosting OECS environment council meeting

This year, the much-anticipated Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Environment Sustainability (COMES 5) will be held in the island of Montserrat. The fifth meeting of COMES will take place from July 10 to 11, under the theme “Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Change”.

The COMES 5 comes at a critical juncture, given the severe economic and social impacts of the hurricanes of 2017 and will provide the forum for ministers to engage with senior technocrats and development partners and to make decisions that will advance the climate and overall environmental resilience of the region.

Last year, COMES 4 was held in Grenada under the chairmanship of Senator Simon Stiell, minister of state responsible for human resource development and the environment of Grenada under the theme “Accelerating Sustainable Development: Addressing Challenges and Creating Opportunities.”

This year, the high-level meeting will be chaired by David Osborne, minister of agriculture, trade, lands, housing and the environment of Montserrat.

Montserrat is strategically placed to host such a major event. The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean has been able to build resilience despite the eruption of the Soufrière hills volcano that buried the southern part of the country. Today, Montserrat remains attractive and still keeps secrets waiting to be revealed to visitors.

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An unforgettable experience

An unforgettable experience

 Mount Scenery, reaching over 877 m, invites people to conquer its summit, the highest point in the Kingdom of Netherlands. This hiking experience is a must for all that travel to Saba, offering a scenic view. In fact, through the route it is possible to see the most beautiful species of flora and fauna, as orchids, mahogany trees, “Black-eyed Susan” – the national flower, as well as colourful birds or snakes and it is easily understandable the reason for Saba’s nickname “The unspoiled queen”. Track is so well done. You enjoy in nature even not recognising that track is man made, So environment friendly, minimum concrete, but maximum of maintenance. Charming touch with nature. Average 90 minutes one-way track could be challenging task to reach but also to shorten. Certificate is also waiting lovers of the nature as souvenir for memorable experience.

The Saba Conservation Foundation is a non-profit nature management organization based in Saba. Their mission is to commit to the preservation and enhancement of the marine and terrestrial environment on Saba through education, scientific research, monitoring and enforcement.

This organization will be most likely the winner of OCTA Innovation Small Innovation Project.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 24/ 2017 – Centre National de Recherche Technologique (CNRT)

OCTA Innovation Issue 24/ 2017 – Centre National de Recherche Technologique (CNRT)

 

Le Centre National de Recherche Technologique (CNRT) en Nouvelle-Calédonie est un groupement d’intérêt publique, composé de 15 membres qui mandatent 15 représentants décideurs pour définir les grands objectifs du CNRT. C’est la confluence de l’industrie, de la science et des collectivités. Le CNRT est un outil opérationnel de soutien à la recherche fondamentale et appliquée sur le secteur minier en Nouvelle-Calédonie, indispensable à l’ensemble de la profession. Leur objectif est d’approfondir la connaissance de la ressource minière, et d’améliorer la valorisation tout en conservant un patrimoine naturel exceptionnel et une qualité de l’environnement compatible avec le développement économique durable et solidaire de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Pour plus d’informations, contactez France Bailly.

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Atténuation des émissions de CO2

Atténuation des émissions de CO2

La contribution du CNRT sur la question du changement climatique est abordée sous l’angle de l’atténuation des émissions de CO2 issues de l’industrie métallurgique en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Deux programmes sont développés sur la faisabilité de techniques de séquestration du CO2 in situ (STOCKAGE GEOLOGIQUE DU CO2) et ex situ (CARBOSCORIES) et proposent chacun une feuille de route pour avancer jusqu’à la conception et la réalisation de démonstrateurs puis de projets pilotes.

Pour en savoir plus : Risques climatiques Atténuation des émissions de CO2_CNRT Compendium 2007-2017

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La préservation des habitats forestiers

La préservation des habitats forestiers

Ce volet s’attache à affiner les méthodes de conservation des espèces ou des habitats patrimoniaux menacés par l’exploitation minière, protégés par les réglementations provinciales. Le CNRT adresse ici des sujets fondamentaux pour la gestion des espaces et des espèces sur mines. La préservation des habitats forestiers, fréquemment très morcelés sur les sites miniers, passe par la compréhension fine des liaisons fonctionnelles qu’ils entretiennent entre eux et avec des massifs forestiers plus conséquents. Les résultats de ces études doivent permettre un meilleur dimensionnement et une spatialisation adéquate des corridors écologiques.

Pour en savoir plus : Conservation de la biodiversité_CNRT Compendium 2007-2017

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Interactions Sociétales et Innovations

Interactions Sociétales et Innovations

L’acceptation sociale, l’appropriation par les populations représentent une étape cruciale dans la réussite d’un projet minier. Cette thématique adresse l’environnement social des projets miniers, l’influence de cette industrie vieille de plus d’un siècle sur l’évolution de la société calédonienne, les rapports entre compagnies minières (petites ou grosses) et communautés locales, les mutations territoriales et sociales engendrées au cours du temps par cette cohabitation plus ou moins intime selon les époques et les régions. Les travaux font appel à l’histoire pour mieux comprendre et accompagner les dynamiques actuelles et pour mieux anticiper et accompagner les évolutions futures.

Pour en savoir plus : Interactions sociétales et innovations_CNRT Compendium 2007-2017

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Cartographie 2d-3d du sous-sol

Cartographie 2d-3d du sous-sol

Le CNRT cherche constamment à identifier, tester, adapter et comparer les techniques nouvelles, pour permettre aux mineurs de parfaire la cartographie de leur domaine minier et améliorer l’évaluation des ressources. Ces techniques sont utilisées pour mieux localiser la ressource pour améliorer la productivité et réduire le coût environnemental de l’exploration et de l’exploitation.

Pour en savoir plus : Cartographie 2D-3D du sous-sol et spatialisation de la ressource_CNRT Compendium 2007-2017

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