The Bermuda Environmental and Sustainability Taskforce
Please also visit Greenrock, another Bermuda organisation dedicated to the preservation of the environment.
The latest UKOTCF Wider Caribbean Working Group e-Newsletter is now available with interesting, informative articles with local items from the Bermuda National Trust, Bermuda Audubon socienty and Conservation Services. There are reports on other Caribbean countries environmental work and an excellent item on Building and Operating Biodiversity-friendly hotels in the Caribbean.
The Bda Ombudsman Report on Environmental Charters gets special mention in the UKOTCF Forum News.
BluePrint for Sustainability
This Blueprint has been developed following requests for input on what BEST believes to be the critical ingredients of an environmental platform. It is intended to outline what it means to be a sustainable community and what it will take to get there.
Letter Writing Tips
Here are a few simple letter-writing tips (adopted from Amnesty International).
The Role of Agriculture in Bermuda's Future
Saturday, 04 December 2010 09:01
Recently a report on the role of agriculture in Bermuda's future was written by Aran McKittrick. An excerpt of the Executive Summary is below. Please see the below link to the full PDF report.
Bermuda has lost an estimated 87% of its agricultural land in the last 85 years. Of the 735 acres of arable land available for agricultural use, only 360 acres are being actively farmed. Although an estimated 40% of the population is involved in backyard farming, there are only 18 full time farmers and 33 part time farmers in the industry today.
This report, endorsed by the Environmental Coalition (ECO), sets out to explore some of the reasons the agricultural industry and agricultural land are in the critical state they are in.
Cliff Erosion Study
As more development is being considered for Bermuda's coastal conservation areas, BEST encourages the Bermuda government and private developers to heed the advice of our local experts Former Government Conservation Officer Dr. David Wingate has been observing coastal erosion for over 50 years. His study made predictions that were classically demonstrated during Hurricane Fabian, including erosion of tern islets in Harrington Sound undercut by the bioerosional notch.
The study also comments on the Government-funded coastal erosion study at the time it was put out to tender.
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