Most Read Contributor in Cayman Islands, September 2016
Earth Day 2014 was so good, that both the Ministry and the
Department of Environment decided to celebrate it for a little
On the morning of Friday, 2 May, they invited all civil servants
to help 'Protect Our Paradise' by purchasing T-shirts that
supported the National Trust's environmental and historical
conservation efforts. Dressed in their shirts, civil servants then
put their support on display by gathering for a photo on the steps
of the Government Administration Building.
In the afternoon, Ministry and Department staff met at George
Town Barcadere to plant red mangrove propagules in the cool, clear
water, as well as to plant coconut and seagrape trees in the
'We're grateful that Mr John Lawrus, manager of the
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, donated the majority of the
plants, and that and Mr Mark Bothwell , acting general manager of
the Recreation, Cemetery and Parks Unit, brought his team with him
to help dig the holes for them', said Department of Environment
Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie.
Her Excellency the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick; and Deputy
Governor Franz Manderson joined civil servants for the photo, as
did Minister of Environment Wayne Panton. Mr Panton also joined in
the efforts at George Town Barcadere by digging a few holes and
'This is about setting an example and inspiring all of us to
better appreciate, preserve and protect our natural surroundings as
a legacy for our children, grandchildren and all future generations
to enjoy the natural beauty of our Islands', he said.
Mrs Ebanks-Petrie explained the particular bit of coastline
chosen for the mangrove planting is owned by Government. It was
dredged and filled many years ago, and now has been eroded by the
waves over time.
'We decided that we would attempt to stop or slow down the
erosion by planting the propagules, which hopefully will grow to
recreate the fringing mangrove habitat that occurred naturally in
this area,' she said.
Civil servants purchaed 'Protect Our Paradise' T-shirts,
to support the National Trust's environmental and historical
Research Officer Jessica Harvey (left) in the Department of
Environment's Terrestrial Resources Unit, and Deputy Chief
Officer Tamara Ebanks in the Ministry of Environment take a closer
look at a seagrape tree.
The Ministry's Senior Policy Adviser Troy Jacob (left), and
the Department of Environment's Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie,
prepare suppport pipes for the red mangrove propagules planting by
filling them with dirt.
Department of Environment staff plant red mangrove propagules.
From left are DeputyDirector Tim Austin, Director Gina
Ebanks-Petrie, and Deputy Director Scott Slaybaugh.
Minister of Environment Wayne Panton gets the ground ready for a
Minister of Environment Wayne Panton plants a seagrape tree,with
help from DoE's Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie.
The Ministry's Chief Officer Dr Dax Basdeo examines a red
mangrove propagule, as Minister of Environment Wayne Panton looks
Red mangrove propagules.
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