Environmental Issues Resource Guide

Resources for Assistance Around Environmental Issues

IF THIS…

THEN DO THIS

You notice something that appears to be an environmental infraction (for example, if you see soil being taken off of an area and, say, trucked away OR you notice work being done on a site where no building permit number is posted and visible) Contact the Planning Department Office: 297-7756 OR
Contact Peter Drew or Alison Copeland at Department of Environment and Natural Resources: 293-2727
Someone in the neighbourhood is burning horticultural waste and the smoke is causing problems in the area. (Note: Horticultural waste can be burned without a permit but only when the smoke won’t cause issues for the neighbours) Contact Department of Environment and Natural Resources at [email protected] OR
Patricia Hollis Office: 239-2303 or Cell: 505-3286 or Geoff Smith Office 239-2356 or cell 747-2302
Or the Fire Department at 292-5555
Someone is burning material other than horticultural waste (Note: No one is permitted to burn any material other than horticultural waste) Contact Department of Environment and Natural Resources: [email protected] OR
Patricia Hollis Office: 239-2303 or cell: 505-3286 or Geoff Smith Office 239-2356 or cell 747-2302
Or the Fire Department at 292-5555
Someone is doing something questionable in one of the parks Contact Neville Hassell of Parks Department
Office: 236-5902 Email: [email protected]
An indoor human health issue Call Sue Hill of Environmental Health
Office: 278-5333
A waste management, illegal dumping or recycling issue Contact Vanese Flood-Gordon of Waste Management
Office: 297-7953 or Cell: 747-3114 Email:[email protected]
A litter issue Contact Anne Hyde of KBB
Office: 232-7300 or Cell: 734-2673 Email:[email protected]
An issue related to the Clean Air Act (eg. Construction crushing and screening) OR An issue related to the Water Resources Act (eg. You think there has been an oil spill in the ocean) Contact Department of Environment and Natural Resources: [email protected]
Geoff Smith (Environmental Engineer) Office 239-2356 or cell 747-2302
Patricia Hollis (Environmental Officer) Office: 239-2303 or cell: 505-3286
Jim Thomson (Hydrogeologist) 239-2318 or 535-2318

If you run into difficulty reaching any of the agencies or need additional assistance, or if you have suggestions for additional issues to be listed, please contact BEST by phone on 292-3782 or by email [email protected]

 

Planning & development

Link to Department of Planning Legislation:

http://www.planning.gov.bm/PlanningLegislation.aspx

Link to the Bermuda Plan 2008 documents:

http://www.planning.gov.bm/2008_Plan.aspx

BEST recommendations for the Draft Bermuda Plan 2016:

https://best.org.bm/wp-content/uploads/Bermuda-Plan-2016-–-An-updated-review-of-the-current-Planning-Statements-Dec-5-2016-v2.pdf

Useful links

Visit BEST’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BEST.Bda


http://www.conservation.bm/ – Many useful and interesting resources available from the Department of Conservation Services, ranging from the Value of Bermuda’s Coral Reefs to Fern Species Recovery Plan.


https://www.facebook.com/bermudataskforce – A collaboration of Environmental Organisations to study marine plastic pollution and develop local solutions.


www.70degreeswest.com – Follow the travels of Michelle and Justin as they document life along 70 degrees west, illustrating the impact the modern world has on 8 unique regions and the poeple who depend on the stability of these fragile environment.


Bag-a-Surf: – http://www.bagasurf.org/ and/or  http://www.facebook.com/BagASurf/ Cleaning the oceans one bag at a time. Bag-A-Surf is a global initiative crowd-sourcing and mapping the clean-up of marine debris.  Every time you go to the beach an opportunity presents itself to give back to the oceans and help clean the beach, and put Bermuda on the map!


Earth Protect – helps you find and share videos and films on environmental issues and solutions: http://www.earthprotect.com/


Planet Connect – A place for highschool students interested in the environment: http://www.planet-connect.org/


Warwick Long Bay Petition: – http://www.petitiononline.com/bestWLB/petition.html


Save Southlands – Again! – http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savesouthlandsagain/


KBB – Keep Bermuda Beautiful is a registered Charity. Our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility in reducing waste and eliminating litter. http://www.kbb.org/


Trash Free Seas – Read about the Ocean Conservancy’s 26 yrs of International Coastal Cleanup Campaigns (link).


Greenrock – Changing the Mindset – Greenrock seeks to educat Bermuda residents and visitors so that we start to make choices that move us towards a more sustainable lifestyle. http://www.greenrock.org/


Permaculture Bermuda – A group dedicated to permaculture and things agricultural in Bermuda. http://www.facebook.com/groups/171973632865736/


EARTH HOUR – Find out what is happening throughout the world on March 23 as the Earth Hour Event grows ever larger. http://earthhour.org


WORLD WATER DAY March 22 2013 – Find interesting water facts and figures at http://www.unwater.org/statistics/en/


KEEP BERMUDA BUZZING – Learn More About Bermuda’s Bees at:  http://bermudabees.weebly.com/about.html

If you discover a bee swarm on or near your property, Please contact:

Mr. L. Woolridge, Bermuda Bee Lovers on 236-8687 or 517-2174 OR

Mark Wheddon  on  747 7665


www.PewEnvironment.org – Pew is a global research and public policy organization, still operated as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the public.


www.sargassoalliance.org – A partnership led by the Government of Bermuda to protect the Sargasso Sea.


Bermuda Blue Halo – “Blue Halo” refers to the proposed marine reserve that will encompass much of  Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone, (E.E.Z.), within the Sargasso Sea. By creating the marine reserve, we will show the world that we are serious about preserving our ocean environment for the future.

Atlantic Conservation Partnership:

http://www.atlanticconservationpartnership.com/

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute:

http://www.buei.org/

Bermuda National Trust:

http://www.bnt.bm/

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences:

http://www.bios.edu/

Bermuda Sloop Foundation:

http://www.bermudasloop.org/

LookBermuda Education Foundation:

http://blog.lookbermuda.com/education/

National Museum of Bermuda:

http://www.bmm.bm/

Bermuda Zoological Society:

http://www.bamz.org/

Bermuda Ocean Explorers:

https://www.facebook.com/bermudaoceanexplorers/

www.bios.edu – The mission of BIOS is to transform the fields of oceanography, marine science, and ocean health through a blend of cutting edge research, comprehensive educational experiences and a commitment to share our knowledge internationally.


Earth Times – For information on a wide range of topical environmental matters. www.earthtimes.org


2015 Year of Soils – Many interesting facts, articles and events about the vital importance of soils can be found at http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/about/key-messages/en/


BEE Curious Event Article – American natural bee keeper, Ross Conrad was brought to Bermuda by the group The BUZZ, as part of their ‘Keep Bermuda Buzzing’ campaign. He spoke to bee keepers and other interested persons on ways to keep healthy hives. The article he wrote about his visit to Bermuda, for the magazine  ‘Bee Culture – The Magazine of American Bee Keeping’  can be found through the following link: http://beeculture.com (scroll down a bit through the articles, its the sixth one)

Bees – Bda Honey Plants Waterston

Birds – List of plants that attract birds April 2015

Letter-writing tips

Here are a few simple letter-writing tips (adopted from Amnesty International).

  1. Always be polite and respectful. This is essential and invariable. Your aim is to help stop the SDO, not to vent your own feelings. Government leaders don’t respond well to abusive or condemnatory letters.
  2. Always write on the basis that the recipient is open to reason and discussion.
  3. Never use political jargon. Don’t give the impression that you are writing because you are ideologically or politically opposed to or supportive of the government. It is far more effective to stress that your concern is not politically biased in any way.
  4. Stick to two or three points, and make them well.
  5. Be brief. Long letters are less likely to be read. Only in exceptional cases are long letters effective.

Environmental Charter & Other UKOT Policies

THE BERMUDA ENVIRONMENT CHARTER

Funding Support through OTEP for Environmental Programmes in the UK OverseasTerritories. A Partnership for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Bermuda.s Environmental Resources.

The Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP) was established to enable the Governments of the UK and the OverseasTerritories to meet their commitments under theEnvironment Charters. In 1999, the year of the White Paper, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) made available an annual funding programme for environmental projects in the UKOTs. And in 2003, the British Government worked together with Territory Governments and non-governmental organisations to develop OTEP, a new ring-fenced fund which supports environmental projects in the UKOTs. OTEP is a joint initiative of the FCO and the Department for International Development (DFID) which aims to build on the success of earlier FCO-funded programmes. Bids may be submitted by Overseas Territories governments; NGOs; community-based organisations; individuals; educational institutions; private sector. Bids may also be submitted by UK-based organisations, NGOs and academic institutions if they have been developed in collaboration with partners in the Territories.

Selection criteria

The selection panel is made up of people who have knowledge of UKOT environmental matters. Key to their consideration of project proposals is the extent to which a project has the potential to help:

  • implement the Environment Charter for the Territory, including the development of strategies and action plans where necessary;
  • meet the Territory’s obligations under those Multilateral Environmental Agreements extended to it, and prepare for possible future extensions; build environmental management capacity in the Territory; and
  • raise awareness of environmental issues, promote participation by civil society in decisions affecting the environment, and support environmental education in the Territory.

Read more here: Environmental Charter as part of the Overseas Territories Environment Programme

Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan – 2011_bermuda

UKOTCF Review of Environmental Charter and AICHI Targets – June 2016

Environmental Charter has force of law / http/archive.caymannewsservice.com