On Thursday, July 27th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Maarten's Philipsburg Jubilee Library, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the results of the first phase of a study to assess the economic value of our remaining wetlands. The meeting also aims to get feedback from the public about how things used to be, how the changes have affected life on St. Maarten and what people think is important about our remaining wetlands.
The wetlands of St. Maarten take the shape of ponds, lagoons, mangroves and coral reefs. Development in the last few decades has resulted in an extreme loss of our wetland areas and a decrease in the size of those that remain. But what does that mean for us? Surely removing mangroves and filling in ponds and lagoons to create more land for development is good for our economy? Simply put, it is not that simple.
Our environment, and especially our wetlands, provide us with a number of benefits which contribute to our daily quality of life. By destroying these environments, we are doing away with those natural benefits which will eventually lead to large costs on our economy in the form of natural disaster damage and health care services, to name just two.
Attend this meeting to discuss the economic importance of our wetlands, the changes which they have undergone and how we can work to protect them in the future. This meeting is open admission to the general public and basic refreshments will be provided. The Philipsburg Jubilee Library has generously donated the use of their hall for this meeting.
This project, “Economic Valuation of St. Maarten's Remaining Wetlands - Phase I”, is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Prince Bernhard Cultural Funds Caribbean. For more information, contact EPIC.
Have you ever wondered what that big white bird is called? Or are you looking for something fun and educational to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays? Look no further than the first ever Kayak Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) St. Maarten!
The event will be hosted on Saturday, July 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Starting on Kimsha Beach with a small breakfast and refreshments, participants will be geared up and given a kayaking tutorial before taking off towards the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Teams will be provided with a list of plants and animals to locate as they kayak.
When the group reaches the final destination past the Causeway bridge, we will raft up to discuss our findings as we enjoy a cold drink before heading back to Kimsha Beach at a relaxed pace. The team with the most complete list and the best photos will win a prize!
The price for the event is $25 per adult and $15 for children under 16 years. This includes equipment rental, technical support, and refreshments. The funds will help EPIC to continue to provide education and conservation activities related to the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Small children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult and must bring their own life jacket. Participants don’t need to participate in the scavenger hunt and can just paddle along for fun!
Sign up NOW for this unique event, as space is limited. To sign up, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (721) 524-4420. Online registration is also available. See you on Saturday, July 22nd, at Kimsha Beach in Simpson Bay (in front of Buccaneer Beach Bar)!
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