Proud to cooperate on the Statia Blue project

Proud to cooperate on the Statia Blue project

Together with its local partner Sint Eustatius Foundation (SEF), Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute – CNSI – initiated an, even for global standards, highly innovative project for developing sustainable fisheries, particularly for Sint Eustatius and (small) Caribbean islands: the OCTA Innovation pilot project Statia Blue.
CNSI continues to monitor the vulnerable ecosystems of St. Eustatius coordinated by the Data Monitoring Officer (DMO). Coral reef surveys are conducted in collaboration with St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA) using the Global coral reef monitoring network (GCRMN) protocol. Data on the island’s fisheries are collected and assessed by the DMO with plans to automate data collection using a mobile application under the OCTA Innovation pilot project Statia Blue. The aim is to create sustainable practices for Statia’s fisheries while putting the fish buyers in touch with the suppliers on a “real-time” basis.
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Educational Innovation from Brussels

Educational Innovation from Brussels

CHANG ZHU is Professor of Educational Sciences at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Free University Brussels). Her research focuses on the use of educational innovation in schools and in higher education and the study of related cultural, contextual and individual variables.

Professor of Digital Education Chang Zhu is certain that the university will retain its usefulness in the future especially through support  of lifelong learning and finding flexible ways to support many kinds of mature learners.

We are very proud having opportunity to cooperate with Prof Chang Zhu on the issue of Three Pillars Blended Learning for the EU Overseas Countries and Territories. Read more at Chang Zhu & Education Science & VUB

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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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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

EU, namely European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development is supporting Overseas Countries and Territories in developing and implementing innovation and creativity for islands’ sustainable growth. In that framework, 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.

Read the newsletter.

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Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

Eastern Caribbean Public Health Foundation has teamed up with the company VectorAnalytica to control rat populations and provide disease surveillance of rat borne diseases. Rat ecology can be very complex and managing data can become an issue. With the use of innovation, surveys are being conducted using apps to define rat ecology, see what pathogens they are potentially carrying and ultimately reducing populations and the threat of disease. Funding for this project is by the Nature Funds, Ministry of Economic Funds, NL.

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Statia Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute

Statia Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute

Innovation workshop at the occasion of the OCTA Innovation Team Leader mission took place in the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI).

The CNSI at St Eustatius is a facility that fosters scientific curiosity and supports scientific research, capacity building, knowledge development and dissemination, addressing issues and questions relevant to the sustainability of tropical small island economies.

CNSI has a multifunctional objective. It serves a facilitating role for research and education for a wide spectrum of disciplines addressing issues and questions relevant to the sustainability of tropical small island economies. CNSI’s mission is to realise a permanent presence in the Caribbean Netherlands with research facilities, outreach facilities and accommodation for visitors, addressed within the scientific, political and socioeconomic context of the greater Caribbean region, based on: 1) mutual responsibility and understanding 2) sustainable development 3) commitment to multidisciplinary knowledge development and human and institutional capacity building.

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Algae green gold of the future

Algae green gold of the future

Algae are called the green gold of the future as they became a valuable and sustainable feedstock for numerous industies. They are used in production of biofuels, food, animal feed, chemicals, materials, cosmetics, biofertilizers or CO2 utilization.

In Bonaire, Algae Parc pilot project intends to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through the sustainable production of microalgae.

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Dr. Hervé Bossin, Institut Louis Malardé

Dr. Hervé Bossin, Institut Louis Malardé

Dr. Hervé Bossin, entomologiste, responsable du laboratoire de l’Institut Louis Malardé qui a accueilli la réalisation du projet pilote d’innovation. Ce fut l’un des principaux facteurs influençant le succès de Ra’o Puha.

Le laboratoire de recherche en entomologie médicale étudie la bio-écologie de plusieurs moustiques vecteurs de maladies ou d’insectes nuisibles qui ont un impact sur la santé des populations polynésiennes. Dr. Hervé Bossin, entomologiste, est le responsable du laboratoire de l’IML dont les programmes, essentiellement axés sur la recherche opérationnelle, ont pour objectifs le développement et la validation sur le terrain de stratégies durables de lutte anti-vectorielle intégrant des méthodes innovantes et respectueuses de l’environnement.

L’ILM concourt à la préservation de la santé, de l’hygiène publique et de l’environnement naturel de la Polynésie française. Cette mission s’articule autour de deux pôles : la santé publique et la recherche scientifique.

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Dr. Bernard Costa, Tahiti Fa’ahotu

Dr. Bernard Costa, Tahiti Fa’ahotu

Dr. Bernard Costa, chef de projet a assuré l’apport de l’innovation scientifique au projet pilote Ra’O Puha. En 2009, le 1er Pôle d’innovation polynésien est créé sous la présidence de Bernard Costa : l’association Tahiti Fa’ahotu, regroupant 21 membres fondateurs (entreprises et organismes de recherche et de formation). L’objet étant de soutenir la création et d’assurer le pilotage opérationnel, le développement et la promotion des activités et des projets d’un pôle d’innovation polynésien dans le domaine de la «valorisation des ressources naturelles de Polynésie française».

Par son expertise scientifique et technique, Bernard Costa, est maintenant à la tête de la cellule opérationnelle. Sous l’autorité du Conseil d’Administration et de celle du Président, la cellule opérationnelle met en œuvre la politique générale de l’association, notamment avec le Pays et l’Etat. Elle développe la stratégie et la prospective du projet associatif en lien avec les enjeux de la filière «valorisation des ressources naturelles» en général, sur le territoire de la Polynésie Française, anime l’organisation au regard de la dynamique associative et des exigences des conventions passées avec les financeurs et partenaires, effectue la prospection directe pour favoriser l’adhésion de nouvelles entreprises, assure la gestion administrative, juridique et financière de la structure en lien avec le Conseil d’Administration, élargit le cercle des ressources internes et affectables aux projets, pilote l’ensemble des projets, conçoit la stratégie de communication interne et externe et la met en œuvre, anime le réseau des adhérents et des partenaires locaux et internationaux.

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