Environmental Protection in the Caribbean
200 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd.
Andrew Brown, Adam Brown, Natalia Collier, Helen Gratil, Paul Sikkel, Steve Holliday, Will Mackin, Boris Fabres
Protecting the Caribbean environment through research and community-based action
SONGBIRDS AS ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS - Researchers evaluate the status of songbird populations as well as the health of Lesser Antillean habitats. EPIC trains regional biologists to assess songbird populations. Providing local and regional governments with songbird population trends and habitat requirements allows the governing body to implement appropriate conservation legislation and management practices to protect birds. CONSERVATION OF WETLANDS AND COASTAL HABITATS - Actions include mangrove restoration, educational programs, and proposing legislative measures for protection. Wetlands serve as a catchment for land based rainwater run-off and as such are excellent indicators of the pollution in our terrestrial and coastal areas. Wetlands are also critical biodiversity areas, supporting a wide spectrum of aquatic and terrestrial species. However, coastal habitats are also primary targets for development and are rapidly decreasing in the Caribbean with few, if any, protective measures in place. CONSERVATION OF KEY MARINE BIRD HABITATS - Actions include measures to reduce human disturbance and identify previously unknown breeding colonies. Seabirds are indicators of the health of the marine environment. Conservation of these offshore and main island refuges provides an opportunity to preserve the natural treasures of each Caribbean island and provide a better understanding the ecology of our marine environment.