Watersheds may be defined as land areas that create a basin which drains into a larger body of water such as a river, lake, stream, or bay. It is separated from other systems by hills and slopes and includes the entire land area that drains into it. Antigua‘s drainage areas were consolidated into 13 watersheds. Of the 13 watersheds, there are 6 major watersheds on the island that offer soci-economic, agro-ecological and hydrological values. Can you name the 6?Read more
Mangrove wetlands are vast mixes of ecological, social and economic benefit to Antigua and Barbuda. They not only act as an important nursing habitat of juvenile marine species but they also provide direct economic benefit to the fisheries sector in Antigua and Barbuda. In addition they provide food and shelter for many species of sea birds and marine invertebrates such crabs, sponges, tunicates, molluscs and crustaceans. These animals make their homes within mudflat areas of wetlands and among the prop roots of red mangroves.Read more
Biological Diversity (biodiversity) referes to the variety, number and genetic variation of all living organism whether on land, or sea or in any other aquatic system. Each species makes a contribution to its ecosystem which inturn supports the environment and human health. Antigua and Barbuda, like the other Caribbean Islands has a combination of extremely rare and endangered species and also overpopulation or intense packing of species per unit area. Because of this and existing biodiversity threats, there is a call for the region to be considered one of the highest priority biodiversity hotspots in the world. Loss of biodiversity not only threatens the environment but also local knowledge for generations to come.Read more
Through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), community groups can access grants up to a maximum of US$50,000 to address environmental challenges that will assist in addressing national, regional and global environmental issues through community-based approaches. The SGP supports projects of non-governmental and community based organizations under selected focal areas. These areas include: biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.Read more
Beaches and Coastlines
Antigua and Barbuda is home to 365 beaches that not only supports the tourism industry but sustains local livelihoods through fishing. Maintaining the quality of our beaches and coastlines is not only important for tourism but also for maintaining the health of our coral reefs which help to break storm surges; the productive capacity of our fishing stock, and many other ecosystems that support marine life. Pollution to our beaches and developments too close to the shorelines threatens our livelihoods and destroys ecosystems and the many marine lives therein. It also creates an unattractive beach for residents and tourists.Read more
Welcome to the Environment Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment. This site is aimed at keeping you informed of the ongoing progress of the Division.
Here, on our website, anyone can learn about the vital environmental issues which affect every Antiguan and Barbudan; issues which every citizen of this twin island country has the right to know.
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