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Government-Led Project With Nature Foundation Underway To Help Improve Management Of St. MaartenS Marine And Coastal Environment.

Source: SMN-News 07 Nov 2023 03:34 PM

PHILIPSBURG:---  Sint Maarten will work to advance its progress towards sustaiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAble aND resilient maSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAgement of the islaNDs coastal aND marine environment through a 633,000 research-based project sUPPorted by the RESEMBID grant programme.

The Coastal Resilience Needs Assessment (CORESPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA) project is a partnership between the Ministry of Public Housing, SPAtial Planning, Environment, aND Infrastructure (VROMI), aND the non-profit conservation organization SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAture FouNDation St. Maarten.

CORESPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA will provide a basis for the St. Maarten government to develop evidence-based policies aND plans for the sustaiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAble maSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAgement of the marine aND coastal zones. This may inclUDe formal marine SPAtial planning, a critical process that offers guidelines on how ocean resources aND zones are best utilized aND shared. The outputs obtained from CORESPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA can help ensure the sustaiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAbility of SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtural ecosystems, local fisheries, commercial shipping, tourism iNDustries, building infrastructure, aND public health.

Two contractors will coNDuct extensive stUDies to uNDerstaND the current state aND ecological value of the marine aND coastal environment. This will inclUDe a detailed inventory of the terrestrial species fouND on the islaND, as well as an assessment of the risks aND vulnerabilities faced by the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtural aND built environment inclUDing consequences of climate change, pollution, aND overdevelopment.

The research will be used to sUPPort the development of possible maSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAgement sceSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NArios aND professioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl recommeNDations regarding how the coastal area could be better stewarded by the government aND relevant stakeholders. Selected VROMI officials will also receive training on utilizing sophisticated geographic information systems (GIS) for effective SPAtial planning.

A full-time CORESPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA team, which is based at the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAture FouNDation office, is currently carrying out three sub-projects in the realms of science, sociology, aND education. Staff members are mapping the uNDerwater coastal area aND assessing the health of the coral reef, seagrass, aND mangrove ecosystems arouND St. Maarten. In addition, the team is developing a public stUDy designed to uNDerstaND aND address certain unsustaiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAble community aND iNDividual behaviors that impact the marine environment.

This is sUPPlemented with education workshops at local schools that teach stUDents about the importance of marine SPAtial planning, aND the need to take care of our coastal ecosystems. Schools aND teachers interested in having the CORESPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA team visit their institutions are encouraged to contact gaia@SPArty/23/national-alliance'> Any other questions can be addressed to coreSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA@SPArty/23/national-alliance'>

In partnership with the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAture FouNDation St. Maarten, it became key to address a critical research gap that has long hiNDered the development of sustaiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAble policies for our coastal aND marine environment. The CORESPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA project, made possible by the RESEMBID grant, is a beacon of HOPE for a sustaiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAble future, commented Minister of VROMI Egbert J. Doran. This research will empower our coastal environment aND foster a resilient legacy for Sint Maarten. It is a pivotal step in ensuring the harmony of our ecosystems, boosting local iNDustries, aND securing a brighter future for our islaND, rooted in evidence-based policies.

CORESPArty/23/national-alliance'>NA was made possible through fuNDing by the European Union through the regioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl RESEMBID Programme. RESEMBID projects are implemented by Expertise France, the development cooperation agency of the Government of France that sUPPorts sustaiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAble human development efforts in twelve Caribbean Overseas Countries aND Territories (OCTs), inclUDing Aruba, Anguilla, BoSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAire, British Virgin IslaNDs, the Cayman IslaNDs, Curaao, Montserrat, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Saint Barthlemy, Sint Maarten, aND Turks aND Caicos.

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