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The findings of a US-funded research project on the Soufriere / Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (SSMR) in Dominica will be one of the highlights in a regional policy discussion in Rouseau, Dominica on Tuesday, July 20. The research was done by the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – a leading US conservation organisation with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The discussion will examine the lessons from the Soufriere / Scott’s Head Marine Reserve which is one of only two legislated locally managed marine areas in the Eastern Caribbean. Some of the recommendations coming out of the research are: Get a legal-administrative review of SSMR / Local Area Management Authority (LAMA) legislation, by-laws and procedures to fix inconsistencies and ensure all are in place to support the new management plan.
As the environmental and economic consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster continue to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico, representatives from the four coastal counties of Southeast Florida; Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, are joining forces at a press conference on June 24th to speak out on perhaps the worst environmental disaster of its kind in our nation’s history. Monroe County Commissioner and Keys climate change spokesman, George Neugent, said that “While our beaches are open and remain unaffected, we are all concerned about the potential long-term environmental and economic consequences…thinking about the future, we must ensure that South Florida’s world famous beaches, unique life style and economy are protected and leaders must lead the way.”
Obama Administration officials will hold a public meeting of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in Miami, Florida, on June 23, 2010. This meeting is being organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and co-hosted by the Florida Energy and Climate Commission and the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability. The meeting provides an opportunity for senior members of the Obama Administration to listen to local and regional ideas, questions and concerns about climate change adaptation, and to describe federal efforts already underway to plan for climate change adaptation in this area, with an emphasis on hazard preparedness and mitigation and water resource management.
A new environmental study sharply critical of the Government of Barbados shows the key Graeme Hall mangrove wetland is disappearing due to outside pollution and poor water quality. The Graeme Hall wetland is the last remaining mangrove in Barbados -- a red mangrove forest that has existed for no less than 1,300 years. It is the only wetland in Barbados recognized internationally under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar). It acts as a Caribbean flyway stop for migratory birds between North and South America.
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