This comes on the heels of the successful completion of the two-year Flood-Resilient SMART Communities project, which targeted the communities of Sea Cow’s Bay and East End/Long Look on Tortola and Great Harbour on the sister island of Jost Van Dyke.
Speaking at the presentation of the data which compared mangrove change detection in the BVI using remote sensing, Minister for Natural Resources Vincent Wheatley highlighted the importance of the territory having access to this new technology.
“Having this data here so we can track and see how things have changed over time is very important. I am glad that we have the capacity in Rosina, in Finfun and Nancy, to get this work done, but also to be able to share this work,” Minister Wheatley stated.
“It is very difficult thing to get the people to understand, that those mangroves that you are killing now is going to have a negative effect on the environment, 15 to 20 years from now and furthermore here is some evidence to prove what I am telling you. It has happened before and if we continue along these lines, it will happen again,” he added.
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