Caribbean Environmental Educators introduced to a toolkit to empower communities to monitor and protect their natural resources.

first_imgFresh Water Lake, DominicaMinchinton Burton, Director of the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry welcomed participants from twelve Caribbean countries to a Community Based Resource Assessment (CBRA) Toolkit Train-the-Trainers Workshop which takes place over three days. He described Dominica’s relatively pristine environment – beautiful forests and rivers, and acknowledged that they are increasingly being subjected to different threats. He stressed the value of a tool which can help communities better understand, monitor and protect land and water resources.Representatives of both government and non-governmental organizations throughout the Caribbean are engaged in the Workshop taking place at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, 12 – 14 April 2011.  The CBRA Toolkit has been developed to help communities and other groups understand the need for integrated watershed and coastal areas management, and empower them to solve problems affecting precious land and water resources.The tool was developed by the Global Environment Facility-funded Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (GEF-IWCAM) Project¹, in collaboration with the SandWatch and RiverCare Programmes.  Dominica is one of thirteen countries participating in this project.Vincent Sweeney, Regional Project Coordinator of GEF-IWCAM, in introducing the CBRA Toolkit said: “We must not believe that water management is the responsibility of others.  The management of water is everybody’s responsibility.  In the Caribbean context, farmers are good examples of resource managers.Their farming practices (such as slash and burn or overuse of pesticides), in the upper reaches of watersheds, unless properly managed (by these same farmers), can compromise the quality and quantity of water.  They are however only one of the many qroups which would be considered resource users, and by extension, resource managers.”On Thursday 14th April, Workshop participants will visit Palm Grove in the Roseau Watershed to put some of these approaches into practice.  With the assistance of representatives of DOWASCO and the Forestry Division, they will identify examples of land degradation and sustainable land practices and measure water quality.In July 2009, the Roseau Watershed was identified as a critical area or “hot spot” in need of integrated watershed management approaches. The GEF-IWCAM Project has also been collaborating with the Government of Dominica in developing an integrated management plan and identifying and implementing key interventions.Dominica Vibes News Share 12 Views   no discussions LocalNews Caribbean Environmental Educators introduced to a toolkit to empower communities to monitor and protect their natural resources. by: – April 13, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

FH : Syracuse uses strong second half to advance to second round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Ange Bradley said her Syracuse team showed early jitters in its first-round game against Richmond in the NCAA tournament.The SU head coach watched the Orange try to find its comfort zone as the Spiders fired six shots and challenged SU goalkeeper Leann  Stiver in a scoreless first half.‘In the first half we looked apprehensive and held back,’ Bradley said in a phone interview. ‘It took us a while to figure out their pressing patterns that they did and then once we did that we got our confidence and we did well.’No. 3 Syracuse (19-3, 5-1 Big East) found its confidence and used two goals from Heather Susek in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory over the Spiders Saturday in front of 529 in College Park, Md. The Orange made defensive adjustments at halftime to counter Richmond’s effective pressing approach to advance to the second round of the tournament Sunday, where it will face No. 4 Maryland at 2 p.m.SU held off Richmond in the first half despite the Spiders holding a 6-3 shot advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRU senior forward Katelin Peterson launched four first-half shots, two of which tested SU junior goalkeeper Leann Stiver. Stiver made both saves to keep the Spider off the board.And at halftime, the Orange calmed down and made the necessary adjustments. Bradley said the backs reshaped different in the second half and the forwards — most notably Susek — made a concerted effort to link players in all three sections of the field.With those adjustments made, Syracuse created more scoring opportunities, and outshot Richmond 9-3 in the second half.Susek broke the scoreless tie in the 50th minute, off a pass from senior midfielder Martina Loncarica. And just five minutes later she struck again, this time with an assist from freshman forward Jordan Page.‘She just was one of those forwards that popped back into the hole and served to be a connector between the backs and the forwards,’ Bradley said. ‘So she really was the impetus for change in our second half.’Susek’s performance coupled with the stifling effort in net from Stiver led SU into the second round.Bradley said the Orange will use the time before Sunday’s game to rest up and prepare for the next step toward the team’s ultimate goal of winning a national championship.‘We’re taking care of our bodies right now, and getting ready,’ Bradley said. ‘We want to be national champions so we’ve got to win. That’s what our mindset is.’[email protected] Published on November 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Commentslast_img read more