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Andros mangrove restoration project shortlisted to win exclusive European grant


Posted in: Regional News | 09 March 2015 | 1009

    op: A broken culvert; a green heron; and a boat hull blocks the waterway Bottom: Healthy coral and a healthy mangrove (Photos via Ancat)
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    op: A broken culvert; a green heron; and a boat hull blocks the waterway Bottom: Healthy coral and a healthy mangrove (Photos via Ancat)

    ANDROS, The Bahamas – In 2014 ten million people were engaged to vote for fifteen projects from around the world supporting conservation projects to win one of the three coveted European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) grants. This year the only project short listed from the Caribbean region is a coastal/mangrove restoration project in Andros, Bahamas. This project was submitted by the Andros Conservancy and Trust (Ancat).

    Voting begins on EOCA’s website on March 9th and is open for two weeks and the projects with the most votes will be announced as the winner in late March.

    “Andros is characterized by mangrove estuaries,” explains Gabrielle Douglas, Operations Manager at Ancat. “These are important ecosystems and serve as nursery and refuge habitats for birds, fishes, turtles, dolphins, and invertebrates. Working to save these mangroves, which play a huge role in the Andros’ coastal ecosystem, is what this project is all about.”

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