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Nature Foundation Again Requests Urgent Action on the Management of Nation’s Beaches after Illegally Constructed Toilets Found on Mullet Bay Beach

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has expressed significant concern regarding the way beaches and beach access have been managed recently. Reason for the latest call for decision makers to take the management of the Nation’s Beaches seriously was the discovery of an illegally built toilet on Mullet Bay Beach. “We were beyond surprised when we … Continue reading Nature Foundation Again Requests Urgent Action on the Management of Nation’s Beaches after Illegally Constructed Toilets Found on Mullet Bay Beach

Nature Foundation Calls on Government Owned Companies and Major Developments to Have Environmental Impact Assessments Conducted and Environment Health and Safety Officers on Staff after Responding to Sewage Leaks Last Week

Cole Bay- Last week, the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation again responded to two incidents of waste water entering into the marine and wetland environment, prompting the organization to request that Government mandate that Government Owned Companies and large developments such as hotels execute Environmental Impact Assessments and hire Environmental Health and Safety Officers. The Nature Foundation … Continue reading Nature Foundation Calls on Government Owned Companies and Major Developments to Have Environmental Impact Assessments Conducted and Environment Health and Safety Officers on Staff after Responding to Sewage Leaks Last Week

Nature Foundation Organizes Environmental Pub Quiz Event

Nature Foundation St. Maarten is organizing an environmental event to educate residents and visitors about our environmental issues and the harmful impacts of single-use plastics while incorporating a competition element. An environmental pub quiz event will be held at Dinghy Dock Bar in Simpson Bay on the 23rd of May starting at 7 pm. St. … Continue reading Nature Foundation Organizes Environmental Pub Quiz Event

Nature Foundation Records First Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting on our beaches since Hurricane Irma

On Sunday Night the Nature Foundation Sint Maarten recorded the first Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) nesting of the season on Simpson Bay Beach. The sea turtle laid a successful nest and found her way back to the sea safely. The Nature Foundation would like to hereby inform all stakeholders and beach users that the … Continue reading Nature Foundation Records First Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting on our beaches since Hurricane Irma

Nature Foundation St Maarten Examines the Single-use Plastic Usage in Carnival Village; No Single-use Plastic FREE booth has been Found.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Nature Foundation staff investigated the usage of single-use plastics at the booths in Carnival Village. Open Carnival booths were asked if they provided any biodegradable or reusable alternative for single-use plastics and if plastic straws are given out with each drink or only upon request. All Carnival booths in Carnival Village … Continue reading Nature Foundation St Maarten Examines the Single-use Plastic Usage in Carnival Village; No Single-use Plastic FREE booth has been Found.

Nature Foundation Issues Tips on How Community Can Safeguard Against Issues Posed by Monkeys

Investigating Ways to Humanely and Effectively Control Invasive Monkey Population The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been handling many requests on what people can do to keep monkeys off of their property. With the insistent dry weather the Nature Foundation has been receiving many calls from residents wondering how to keep monkeys off of their … Continue reading Nature Foundation Issues Tips on How Community Can Safeguard Against Issues Posed by Monkeys

Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

sargassum seaweed washing up, drone image

COLE BAY – There is a large influx of Sargassum seaweed currently making landfall on Sint Maarten. The Nature Foundation is warning the community that the Sargassum impacts, based on satellite imagery and field surveys, started earlier this week and will continue to persist for at least another week: “We have been coordinating our monitoring efforts … Continue reading Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

Nature Foundation Calls for Better Management of Nation’s Freshwater Wells. Some Wells Contaminated with Sewage

Cole Bay- The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation is calling for the better management of the Nation’s Freshwater wells. The statement comes during a time when the island is experiencing on ongoing drought and many water delivery businesses are using wells to supply water to homes that rely on cisterns for their water supply. “Daily we … Continue reading Nature Foundation Calls for Better Management of Nation’s Freshwater Wells. Some Wells Contaminated with Sewage

Nature Foundation Survey Finds Community Waiting on Government to Enact Plastic Bag Ban

Litter at the Over the Bank Area in Philipsburg - Chantal Mondelice photo

The Nature Foundation St Maarten Reduce and Reuse intern Chantal Mondelice conducted a research-based questionnaire among businesses and citizens in Philipsburg about their single-use plastic usage and thoughts on the issue. Most citizens and businesses stressed the importance of having laws put in place to prevent situations such as unnecessary littering from happening. The solution … Continue reading Nature Foundation Survey Finds Community Waiting on Government to Enact Plastic Bag Ban

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Cleans Up Balloons Littering Sea over the Weekend

Plastic balloons on the ocean near St Maarten

PHILIPSBURG — The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the weekend removed numerous balloons from littering the ocean. Both on Saturday and Sunday out on patrol the Foundation collected balloons drifting in the sea. Previously the Foundation had urged various organizations, including the SCDF who organized two balloon related activities over the weekend, to find sustainable alternatives to using balloons during … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Cleans Up Balloons Littering Sea over the Weekend