St Lucia Sargassum Project To Be Presented At The Smithsonian

CASTRIES, St Lucia, Monday April 3, 2017 – A St Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during next month’s Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1,000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists and artists.

Presentations at the event on April 22 – the second day of the three-day summit – will be streamed live to a global audience.

Giles Romulus, National Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP) in St Lucia, said the project, entitled ‘The Removal and Utilization of Sargassum from the East Coast of St Lucia to Create Organic Compost for the Farming Industry’, is still being implemented and will soon give to St Lucia its first bio fertilizer manufacturing plant.

He said officials at the Smithsonian were very impressed with the project.

“In early February, we partnered with the St Lucia Fisher Folk Cooperative and submitted the project to the Smithsonian Institute for consideration. The Smithsonian Institute was in search of projects that could be promoted globally, as successes in a period when environmental indicators have taken a downward trend…The project that is being implemented by Algas Organics met the criteria among many projects that were submitted,” Romulus said.

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