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Sustainable solutions for Sargassum inundations in Turks & Caicos


Ref: DPLUS100
Type: Darwin Plus
Project Leader: Debbie Bartlett
Lead Institution: University of Greenwich
Host Country Institutions: Turks and Caicos Islands Government, The School for Field Studies, Centre for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, CIEEM UK Overseas Territories Special Interest Group
Start Date: 2019-04-01
End Date: 2020-03-31
Funding: £94,618.00
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Status: Current
Regions: UKOT
Countries: Turks and Caicos Islands
Purpose: Sargassum drift on the beaches of Turks & Caicos is detrimental to the tourist-based economy. This investigation of the issue will involve students/citizen scientists in assessing the extent and composition of macroalgae on the shoreline contributing to finding a solution while promoting biodiversity/environmental awareness. The feasibility for exploiting the macroalgae, specifically the potential for anaerobic digestion for biogas and composting as an alternative to disposal as waste will be explored; this could reduce current dependence on oil as a fuel.
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Documents:
Title: DPLUS100 App (edited)
Download: Application Form [pdf]