Environment 

Waste Management Solutions Discussed at Training Programme

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)-funded Small Island Developing State Center of Excellence (UNDP SIDS-COE), based in Aruba, recently selected Antigua and Barbuda for a one-week technical assistance programme to develop a roadmap to address innovative Waste Management Solutions. TNO Caribbean (Aruba) provided an experienced delegation to assist with developing this roadmap. TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research has contributed to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to economies and to the quality of society as a whole. A press conference held at the Department of…

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Community Disaster Management Environment Housing Safety 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES FOR HOMEOWNERS IN BARBUDA

Subsequent to the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for Barbuda, many Barbudans are expected to return to the island. While it is the right of Barbudans to return to their community, the Ministry of Health & the Environment is cautioning the returning residents to appreciate that basic medical and utility services are still at a minimum and that every effort must be made to minimize the health and safety risks that are often associated with hazardous conditions associated with the passing of a hurricane. The Ministry is also advising…

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CDB Climate Change Development Economic Environment Utilities 

GOAB Request for Expression of Interest

GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA STREET LIGHT RETROFITTING PROJECT CLIMATE RISK SCREENING REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of Street Light Retrofitting and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of GOAB and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the…

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Community Disaster Management Environment 

PHOTOS: Cleanup Operation in Barbuda Gains Momentum

Steady progress is being made in the cleanup operations in Barbuda, following an effective vector control exercise. After a week of intense fogging by CBH workers and a Barbudan vector control team, the mosquito situation is now manageable by the Barbudans, with the necessary equipment that has been supplied. That includes both vehicle-based fogging machines and additional hand-held machines. Pools of water on the ground have been pumped away and all potential breeding sites for mosquitoes have been treated. Also, hundreds of rat cages and traps have been set, and…

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Disaster Management Environment 

Chief Health Inspector outlines plans to clean up Barbuda

As the Hurricane Irma disaster response and clean-up campaign continue, the Ministry of Health and the Environment will be zooming in on the health risk factors and on Barbuda this weekend. During a high-level stakeholders meeting at his office today (Thursday, September 14th)), Chief Health Inspector, Lionel Michael announced a major clean-up and eradication effort for the sister isle, which will start on Friday. The three – day exercise will conclude on Sunday and Michael declared that the very first job that will be tackled will be the burying of…

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Environment 

Devastation Paves Way for NEW ‘Green Barbuda’

“We will be bringing to this honorable house, hopefully within a month or so, something called the Green Barbuda Act.” So said Minister of Health and the Environment, Molwyn Joseph while speaking at a special sitting of Parliament following Hurricane Irma’s destruction in Barbuda. The minister’s remarks come at a time when countries around the world are turning to green technology to secure the environment from negative impacts. Relying on the availability of alternative sources of energy can help to reduce global warming as well as the greenhouse effect. With…

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Business Environment 

The Larder Leads With Styrofoam Alternatives

Two months after the Government implemented the first stage of the ban on the importation of Food Based Polystyrene Products, one popular food and beverage establishment is already utilizing the Styrofoam alternatives. The nationally renowned restaurant, “The Larder” is leading from the front when it comes to the replacement of the banned Styrofoam cups, plates, bowls, spoons, forks and other polystyrene eating utensils. When the Ministry of Health and the Environment officials visited the business place inside Royal Palms on Frys Hill Road, signs of new life were evident as…

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Environment 

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma: State of the Antiguan Environment

The day after the largest storm in history began with the staff of the Department of Environment in the field. Our aim: determining the state of the environment on mainland Antigua. Inspections of this nature are important because they tell us how resilient our natural and built environments are, and give us valuable clues as to what we need to do to prepare for events like this in future. As expected, waterways, streamways, ponds and other parts of the watershed, were flooded. The ecosystems, having been flushed, looked healthy and…

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