La Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin est une aire marine protégée de 30km2 située au nord-est de l’île de Saint-Martin. Créé en 1998, cet espace préserve les cinq principaux écosystèmes de l’île : récifs coralliens, mangroves, herbiers de phanérogames, étangs et forêt sèche littorale. La Réserve gère également les 14 étangs du Conservatoire du littoral et ses 11 km de rivages terrestres naturels.

Galion Cleanup Operation

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Bénévoles et agents de la Réserve en action au Galion Volunteers and agents of the Réserve in action at Galion
Bénévoles et agents de la Réserve en action au Galion Volunteers and agents of the Réserve in action at Galion

Repository of an incredible quantity of debris all sizes and all kinds brought by hurricane Irma, the site of Galion has been undergoing regular cleanup operations since the month of October and is returning to its natural colors. In October, the Réserve dedicated several days to the clean up of the Galion beach and surrounding area. The staff, with the addition of 50 volunteers from the group Clean St-Martin, did a remarkable job in collecting and piling the trash collected on the beach along the side of the road, from where it was transported to the eco-site. The staff of the Réserve would like to thank all those from Verde SXM who took care of all this trash for free, Jardinia who provided a dumpster for the cleanup of Galion then took care of transporting it to the eco-site, and the RSMA of Guadeloupe, who cleaned the sides of the road between the Salines d’Orient and the Etang aux Poissons before leaving the island. In November and December, with the help of the association What De 9 and a public works company from French Quarter, the staff of the Réserve cleaned additional areas around the beach. At the same time, also at Galion, four agents of the Réserve collected close to 20 tons of debris by working full-steam for 19 days. The Réserve hopes to make this public beach accessible to the population as quickly as possible. But people will have to be careful where they put their feet, as there is still a lot of debris under the water.

 

Safety Remains Of Primary Importance In addition to the environmental concerns, safety is an essential aspect of the collection and evacuation of all debris. Abandoned metal roofing can transform into a flying projectile during the next hurricane. And the number of containers that landed in the most improbable places should be cut into small pieces to be evacuated. Hard work, but necessary!
Un pick-up bien rempli par la Réserve naturelle A pick-up filled by the Réserve Naturelle
Un pick-up bien rempli par la Réserve naturelle A pick-up filled by the Réserve Naturelle

All articles from: Journal-31

Restoration Of Degraded Areas And Populations

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