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 consist of 6 major watersheds, can you name them?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.Read more
Biological Diversity (biodiversity) refers to variety, and genetic variation of living organisms on land, sea or any other aquatic system. Each contributes to its ecosystem while supporting the environment and human health. Antigua & Barbuda, has extremely rare and endangered species alongside overpopulation of species per unit area. Due to our existing biodiversity, this region is considered as one of the highest priority biodiversity hotspots in the world. Loss of biodiversity threatens the environment and 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.Read more
Beaches and Coastlines
Antigua & Barbuda is home to 365 beaches that support the tourism industry and sustains the local livelihoods of fishing. The quality of our beaches and coastlines is important for tourism and for maintaining the health of our coral reefs which help break storm surges; increase the productive capacity of our fishing stock, and create ecosystems that support marine life. Pollution to our beaches and developments too close to the shorelines threatens our livelihoods, ecosystems and marine lives. These factors create unattractive beaches for residents and tourists.Read more
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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.
Discover our projects and plans for the nation and learn how our nation, international donors and private agencies, have supported us in our cause.