St. Lucia project on seaweed to be showcased at US institute

St. Lucia project on seaweed to be showcased at US institute
30 Mar
2017

A project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC next month

The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics – a local company, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists , industry leaders, philanthropists and artists. Presentations at the event will be streamed live to a global audience.

At a press conference Giles Romulus, National Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP), detailed the project’s history, noting that its success is based on the hard work of Algas Organics.

Dujon was partnered by the St Lucia Fisher Folk Initiative, the GEF SGP UNDP, and the Inter-American Institution for Cooperation on Agriculture.

The project titled “The removal and utilization of sargassum from the east coast of St Lucia to create organic compost for the farming industry,” is still being implemented and will soon give St Lucia its first Bio Fertilizer Manufacturing Plant.

Romulus said that officials at the Smithsonian were very impressed with the project.

“In early February we partnered with the St Lucia Fisher Folk Cooperative and submitted the project to the Smithsonian Institute for consideration. The Smithsonian Institute was in search of projects that could be promoted globally, as successes in a period when environmental indicators have taken a downward trend.

“The Earth Optimism Program which is initiated by the Smithsonian Institute has selected a Saint Lucian project for showcase in April. The project that is being implemented by Algas Organics met the criteria among many projects that were submitted.”

Dujon will be traveling to Washington, DC next month, where he will present the project.

Also attending the press conference was Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert, who congratulated Dujon on his achievements and thanked him on behalf of the people of the east coast for finding a means to remove and utilize the invasive seaweed.

Sargassum, which gets its name from the Portuguese word for grape, is a floating brownish algae that generally blooms in the Sargasso Sea, a three million-square-kilometre body of warm water in the north Atlantic that is a major habitat and nursery for numerous marine species.

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