Every year on May 22nd, International Day for Biodiversity is commemorated across the globe. This year’s theme is “We’re part of the solution #ForNature”. In keeping with the theme, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Team Leader for St. Peter, Chaneil Imhoff, conducted a cleanup activity at the Jordan Pier in Parham Town.
The area which is adjacent to the Fisheries Complex is extremely important to the Biological Diversity of the surrounding waters. Mangrove forests are structurally diverse ecosystems, sustaining high biodiversity as well as a rich source of seafood supplies. Partly submerged in the ocean, mangroves form a tangled web of above-ground roots, creating a unique and complex habitat for diverse marine life. The area is not only a popular fishing and leisure spot but a crucial natural resource which not only protects and promotes biodiversity and Mangroves but also reduce the impacts of waves, storm surges and high winds.
Imhoff noted that, “from nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.” She is calling for the installation of bolted garbage receptacles at the site as well as a dedicated and consistent cleanup schedule, signage, and a more robust push towards repairing the Jordan Pier and its immediate environs.
The cleanup was supported by other DNA Team Leaders and members of the Parham Alliance Beautification and Revitalization Organization (PABRO).