The Greenhouse of the Future is an innovative and strategic design, built of recycled and natural materials, that interacts with the natural phenomena of the planet in order to create the ideal environment for growth and abundance.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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