Published On: Thu, Sep 8th, 2022

Caribbean nations form Steering Committees to fight sargassum

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MARIGOT–As foreseen in the national plan 2022-2025, the first Sargassum Steering Committee for St. Martin met in the Préfecture on Wednesday, September 7th, following its creation on September 5 to better manage the Sargassum invasions in the short and long terms.

At the Sargassum press conference on Wednesday were (from left) head of the Collectivité’s Environment Department Laurent Guillaume, Vice-President of the Collectivité Bernadette Davis, Secretary-General of the Préfecture Fabien Sésé, and Florian Mioni, responsible for the biodiversity mission with DEAL. (Robert Luckock photo)

The committee, a collaboration between the Collectivité and the Préfecture, is co-chaired by Préfet Vincent Berton and President of the Collectivité Louis Mussington.

Members include Secretary-General of the Préfecture Fabien Sésé, head of Direction de l’Environnment et de l’Aménagement et du Logement (DEAL), the director of regional health agency ARS and the first and second vice-presidents of the Collectivité.

Other stakeholders are also closely involved in decision-making, such as Réserve Naturelle, Sindextour (Orient Bay), Verde SXM, air quality company Gwadair, Chamber of Commerce CCISM, Club du Tourisme, Fédération Inter-Professionnelle de la Collectivité de Saint-Martin (FIPCOM), marine trades association Métimer, the Anti-Sargassum Collective, residents association of Cul-de-Sac, and the Pinel Island ferry captains. DEAL is the secretariat of the committee.

The committee is described as an “operational body for the preparation of decisions, validation, implementation and monitoring of action plans, especially financial.”

Second Vice President of the Collectivité Bernadette Davis said the environment service is being reinforced by adding more employees and equipment.
“They have been doing a fantastic job, but as you can see, the amount of Sargassum varies from year to year and this year has been massive,” she said. “So, we want to be ready, and we are supported by the State which is providing the financing in the national plan.”


The Riviera Maya Times



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