DECR - INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP DAY

Saturday, September 17 marks International Coastal Clean-up Day and the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is looking to continue its tradition of getting the whole country involved in cleaning up the coastlines of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This year, in an effort to encourage even more people to go out into their communities and help with the clean-up efforts, the DECR has teamed up with the Triple Double Basketball Program (TDBP), a youth development program of the Providenciales Amateur Basketball Association (PABA), to get the kids to take part in keeping their country clean.

“In 2015, 356 individuals collected over 270 bags of trash nation-wide. This year the DECR hopes to not only gain increased support for the clean-up campaign, but to also help raise support for the Triple Double Basketball Program, as we work together toward the common goal of cleaning and strengthening our community”, said Amy Avenant, Environmental Outreach Coordinator of the DECR.

The main goal of this initiative is to encourage people to go out into their communities, across the TCI, and remove litter found along the shoreline, underwater, or in bushes in order to help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife that calls these coasts home.

Speaking on the involvement of the TDBP, Dwyane Krzanowski, Co-director of the Triple Double Basketball Program said, “We’re very excited to be partnering with the DECR for this initiative. We try to teach the kids in our program about respect and appreciation and by involving them with this clean-up, they can really apply those values as they take care of their own home and country”.

You, your school, your business, and/or your organization can get involved by getting a group together and spending an hour out of your day cleaning up a beach, bushy area, path, road, or sea-bed in your local area.

You can also pledge a donation to the Triple Double Basketball Program to help motivate the kids to clean-up as much as possible. By pledging as little as $1 per bag of trash that they collect, you help to motivate them to do as much as they can while helping them to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with working to raise funds for the program that works so hard to help them.

Show you care for the TCI’s natural environment by getting involved in International Coastal Clean-up Day! With your help, the DECR will fight for trash-free seas, on Saturday, September 17. It doesn’t matter where you are, just grab a bag and collect that litter!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Coordinate an underwater / beach / bush clean-up in your immediate area.

WHEN:

Early morning, Saturday, September 17, 2016 (to beat the heat!)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Gloves
  • Water (make sure everyone remains properly hydrated – DEMA would like to encourage the use of re-usable water bottles)
  • Trash Bags
  • You may want to keep a first aid kit handy in the event of cuts or scrapes

WHAT TO DO NOW: 

Register your commitment in taking part with Amy Avenant - DECR Environmental Outreach Co-ordinator, by no later than 15 September 2015. You can do so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling on 341 4321.

Get in touch with the Triple Double Basketball Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 431-5019 to pledge your donation or to volunteer by joining one of the Program clean-up teams!

If you do not have a group but wish to participate, please contact Amy to find out about groups you may join! 

WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY (and a few days before):

  • Arrange for proper disposal of the collected trash
  • Submit the following information to DECR:
    • Organisation name
    • Number of clean-up participants
    • Location of trash collection (and whether it was underwater/beach/bush)
    • Number of bags collected
    • Amount of time spent collecting trash
    • Photographs of you / your organisation and the trash collected.

DECR has registered this event with the Ocean Conservancy - Ocean Conservancy works to keep the ocean healthy, to keep us healthy.

http://www.oceanconservancy.org/

 

Please help DECR and the Triple Double Basketball Program fight for trash-free seas! Together we can all make a difference!

Public Consultation Report on amendments to National Parks Ordinance and Regulations

The Turks and Caicos Islands is privileged to have a system of Protected Areas which includes National Parks, Nature Reserves, Sanctuaries and Areas of Historical Interest. Grace Bay, the world’s number one beach lies within the Princess Alexandra Land and Sea National Park. The primary legislation governing these Protected Areas are the National Parks Ordinance, the National Parks Order, and the National Parks Regulations.
 
The amendments to the National Parks Ordinance, Regulations and Order commenced in 2006 when a report entitled “Review and Reassessment of the TCI Protected Area System” was presented to TCIG by Nautilus Consultants. In 2012, the National Parks Ordinance Review Committee was established; The Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (now Department of Environment and Coastal Resources) commenced the public consultation process on 21st October 2015. This process included public meetings on North Caicos, South Caicos, Providenciales, and Grand Turk, and the proposed amendments were made available online and hard copies were available for reference in various locations. The period for public comments came to an end on 17thJanuary 2016.
 
The consultation report (see attached) outlines the amendments made to the ordinance, provides public comments, and case study reviews, the general public is invited to review the document at the Turks and Caicos Islands Government website.
 
 

VANDALISM OF THE WATER DISTRIBUTION LINE LOCATED ON THE ANGLICAN 'ST. THOMAS' CHURCH DISTRIBUTION SITE

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning in collaboration with the Water Undertaking Unit within the Department of Public Works would like to advise the residents of Grand Turk that due to the recent vandalism of the water distribution line located on the Anglican “St. Thomas” church distribution site, Water Undertaking will not be able to provide water service to the following districts;

  • Breeze Brea
  • North Ridge
  • North Creek
  • Godette Allotments
  • Hospital Road
  • Moores Alley
  • Overback
  • Cork Tree Beach  

Water Undertaking is utilizing all efforts to expedite downtime while repairs are being done.

The Ministry and Department would like to ask all customer to be as vigilant as possible and notify the Water Undertaking Division at (1-649) 338-3519 or (1-649) 338-3522 if you notice any leaks or any person(s) tampering with the system.

We thank you in advance for your continuous patience and cooperation.