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Environment

ANT INVENTORY : Three publications in the Bulletin of the Entomological Society of France.

ANT INVENTORY : Three publications in the Bulletin of the Entomological Society of France.

Coordinated by PhD Leonide Celini, the ant inventory conducted in 2011 was the subject of three publications in the Bulletin of the Entomological Society of France. Click on the photos below to read the articles (in french) :  

World Cleanup Day : 3,2 tons collected

World Cleanup Day : 3,2 tons collected

A few hours later than the international event, St Barth Essentiel organized the 2018 edition of the World Cleanup Day on Sunday, September 16. This global event created in 2008 aims to collect as much waste as possible in a matter of hours. In St […]

St Barth herbarium is now digitalized !

St Barth herbarium is now digitalized !

The association is proud to announce the digitalization of its herbarium, called “HERBIER DE ST BARTH-ESSENTIEL”. This is a huge step in our project to join the e-ReColNat network. This network objective developed by the Museum of Natural History of Paris is to present online […]

Cyclonic risk : from prevention to crisis management

Cyclonic risk : from prevention to crisis management

“The cyclonic risk and its effects in the Caribbean basin and Saint Barthélemy” was the theme of the conference held Saturday, June 2, 2018. Fifty people attended this event given by Romain MEUNIER, crisis managment specialist and engineer within Predict Services. The day after the […]

REPORT OF THE GEOLOGY MISSION

REPORT OF THE GEOLOGY MISSION

From January 20 to 29th, a team of geologists composed of paleomagneticians (University of Utrecht), structuralists and sedimentologists (University of the Antilles-UMR GM 52433) worked on outcroping rocks. SYNTHETIC REPORT OF THEIR MISSION HERE (french)  

What we learn from the rocks of St. Barthélemy

What we learn from the rocks of St. Barthélemy

“What we learn from the rocks of St. Barthélemy over the last 40 million years of the history of the subduction zone of the Lesser Antilles” was the theme of the conference held SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018 at the Théâtre du Paradis in Gustavia. More […]

TRUST THE LOCAL FLORA

TRUST THE LOCAL FLORA

Several charitable initiatives are aimed at re-vegetating the island after the devastation caused by hurricane Irma and can only be applauded. But in the longer term, a good initiative can cause significant disturbances to the biodiversity. Members of our scientific council, Professor Claude Sastre, Honorary […]

Present to “Love my island, clean my island” campaign

Present to “Love my island, clean my island” campaign

A hundred volunteers answered “Present” to the operation “Love my island, clean my island ” held on September 30th 2017. The goal of this clean-up campaign was to to rid the hills, ponds, beaches and other natural sites of debris, rubble, rubbish … carried there […]

LIST OF native SPECIES OF ST-BARTHÉLEMY

LIST OF native SPECIES OF ST-BARTHÉLEMY

At the request of several people, we publish the list of native species of St-Barthélemy identified during the floristic inventory conducted by the association & Professor Claude Sastre between 2011 and 2014. This inventory, produced in partnership with the Agence territoriale de l’environnement served as […]

DO NOT TOUCH MY CORAL!

DO NOT TOUCH MY CORAL!

We all one day picked up a shell, took some small pieces of coral on the beach. Without knowing it, we may have commited an offense under the law. Let us be clear : it is not a drama if we only take a piece […]

A VIDEO TO PREVENT THE POLLUTION OF ST JEAN’S BAY

A VIDEO TO PREVENT THE POLLUTION OF ST JEAN’S BAY

Because we could not stay idle, we made this awareness video to inform the public of the dangers that weigh on the bay of St Jean

POND OF ST JEAN : WORKS HAVE STARTED … UNFORTUNATELY

POND OF ST JEAN : WORKS HAVE STARTED … UNFORTUNATELY

Located in the center of the island in a vast plain, the district of St-Jean has two important natural sites : I- A beautiful bay whose beach has become over the time the busiest of the island; II- A brackish pond of about 5 hectares, […]

Cactuses still under scrutiny

Cactuses still under scrutiny

Almost 10 years after the first report ot the presence in St Barth of the Cactoblastis Cactorum pest, what is the condition of the cactuses’ population? The answer is in a new report of botanist Eric Francius  

PIERRE GERAUD WINS THE 2016 PHOTO competition

PIERRE GERAUD WINS THE 2016 PHOTO competition

Pierre Géraud won the 1st prize of our 2016 photo competition on the theme “FAUNA, FLORA & COASTAL LANDSCAPES OF SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY” for his photo “Sortie entre amies” (below). He wins a ticket A / R offered by Tradewind Aviation. The second prize goes to Bruno […]

OUR NEW COMMENTS ON THE URBANism plan

OUR NEW COMMENTS ON THE URBANism plan

After a first public consultation in April-May 2016, the Urbanism Plan was again submitted for public consultation between November 25 and December 26, 2016. Important changes were made to the project. Mainly in the zoning, but also in the regulation which now includes a list […]

ENVIRONMENTAL CODE : MISSION REPORT NOW ONLINE

ENVIRONMENTAL CODE : MISSION REPORT NOW ONLINE

At the request of the association, from 19 to 29 September 2015, jurists Chantal Cans and Thierry Touret * went to Saint-Barthélemy as part of a mission of expertise of the Environment Code of Saint-Barthélemy. The objective was to meet the main actors of the […]

informal APPEAL AGAINST THE patronage agreement RELATING TO THE CONNECTION OF THE POND AT THE BAY OF SAINT-JEAN

informal APPEAL AGAINST THE patronage agreement RELATING TO THE CONNECTION OF THE POND AT THE BAY OF SAINT-JEAN

On June 21, the association made an informal appeal (french) to the president of the Collectivité tending to the withdrawal of the resolution 2016-02 CT of May 13, 2016. This resolution authorizes the president to sign a patronage agreement with Eden Rock Hotel and Eden […]

OUR OBSERVATIONS ON THE URBAN PLAN

OUR OBSERVATIONS ON THE URBAN PLAN

Two years and a half after its annulment by the Administrative Court, a new draft of an urban plan was submitted for public consultation between April 18 and May 19, 2016. Reducing the constructibility rights, it still grants a volume of construction still too important […]

PETITION AGAINST AUTOUR DU ROCHER’S DECOMMISSIONING

PETITION AGAINST AUTOUR DU ROCHER’S DECOMMISSIONING

LET’S MOBILIZE FOR OUR NATURAL AREAS ! SAY NO to the decommissioning of the natural plot AP137, aka “Autour du Rocher” Organized by a group of citizens whose association St Barth Essential is part of, a petition is currently circulating in the island. It aims to […]

AN UNCONVENIENT TRUTH

AN UNCONVENIENT TRUTH

All truths are good to say, but not always to hear … From 2003 to 2014, 2389 building authorizations were issued on our little territory of 21km2. The planning policy touted by those who lead the Collectivité as to reduce urbanization is a failure. Not […]

A VIDEO TO PROTECT OUR ISLAND

A VIDEO TO PROTECT OUR ISLAND

Nothing better than image to show what others want to hide! #KeepStbarthGreen #NobuildingAutourDuRocher

THIRD OPERATION OF collecting cigarettes ends

THIRD OPERATION OF collecting cigarettes ends

Sunday, December 13th, 2015, we held our 3rd operation of collecting cigarettes ends, bringing together 7 volunteers (5 adults and 2 children). They cleaned up an area from Grand Fond facing the ocean, to the base of Morne La Croix. In addition to the many […]

THE ASSOCIATION entrusts TWO SPECIALIZED JURISTS with a mission of analyzing the ENVIRONMENTAL CODE of St Barthélemy

THE ASSOCIATION entrusts TWO SPECIALIZED JURISTS with a mission of analyzing the ENVIRONMENTAL CODE of St Barthélemy

Regularly confronted with its regulations (and sometimes the absence of regulations …), the association wanted to make a comprehensive review of the Environmental Code fo St Barthélemy, five years after its adoption. What are its characteristics, strengths and weaknesses? Is it well adapted to Saint-Barthélemy, […]

FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SARGASSES’ PHENOMENON

FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SARGASSES’ PHENOMENON

Totally exceptional a few years ago, massive strandings of Sargassum algae have become seasonal and now regularly invade the West Indian coast. To improve the understanding of the phenomenon and investigate the best ways to approach it, we held a conference involving two scientists of […]

FRANÇOIS VOCHELLE, WINNER OF THE 2015 photo competition

FRANÇOIS VOCHELLE, WINNER OF THE 2015 photo competition

François Vochelle won the first prize in the 2015 photo competition (a round-trip to Saba / St Eustache / Tortola or St Kitts offered by Winair) on the theme “The Charismatic figures of Saint-Barthelemy”. His photo of “Papy Serge, the man with a big heart” […]

SPIDER INVENTORY : UPDATED RESULTS

SPIDER INVENTORY : UPDATED RESULTS

The field missions over, Dr. Patrick Maréchal has updated the inventory report of Saint-Barthélemy’s spider (french) which remains a work-in-progress. It will indeed need a more significant identification work before closing this inventory. An inventory which, on July 2014, date of the last field mission, had identified […]

TRAMIL : Call for Volunteers to conduct an ethnopharmacological investigation

TRAMIL : Call for Volunteers to conduct an ethnopharmacological investigation

Initiated in 1984 in Haiti, the Tramil “Traditional Medicine in the Islands” is an applied research program on popular medicinal practices in the Caribbean Basin. It brings together experts in the field of botany, ethno-pharmacology, medicine, phytochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, as well as health workers. […]

FLORISTIC INVENTORY: The results !!!

FLORISTIC INVENTORY: The results !!!

From 2011 to 2014, the association has conducted a program of inventories of St Bart’s fauna and flora. It’s the largest investment of the association since its creation.   On this occasion, three inventories have been launched: An inventory of the wild vascular flora in […]

PHOTO CONTEST 2015 : Grab your cameras!

PHOTO CONTEST 2015 : Grab your cameras!

St Barth Essentiel is pleased to announce the launch of its 5th  photo contest. Its theme? “The charismatic characters of St Barth.” This contest is free and open to all.  The objective is to take a fresh look on those around us which contribute to the […]

7th CONTINENT IN ST BARTH

7th CONTINENT IN ST BARTH

The association was pleased to host the expedition members of “7th continent” during their educational tour in the West Indies, before they leave for the Sargasso Sea to study “the seventh continent” (also known as the Great Pacific garbage patch, or Pacific trash vortex, a gyre of marine debris particles […]

TRIBUNE  : “In St-Barth planning law is negotiable”, May 2015

TRIBUNE : “In St-Barth planning law is negotiable”, May 2015

In a tribune published in Le Journal de St Barth, our President wished to react and ask politicians about a contentious item on the agenda of the Territorial Council of 22 May 2015. Our publication seems to be rather effective as the council rejected the […]

INVENTORY OF FLORA : In partnership with the Territorial Environmental Agency

INVENTORY OF FLORA : In partnership with the Territorial Environmental Agency

By launching the inventory program of flora and fauna in 2011, we had two goals: a better understanding of St Barth’s flora and fauna and a contribution to the biodiversity protection. The first objective is partially achieved with the upcoming completion of the inventory of […]

SPIDERS INVENTORY : Second Mission & Conference

SPIDERS INVENTORY : Second Mission & Conference

From October 1 to 19, we hosted (thank you Brigitte!!) Ph.D Patrick Maréchal for the second campaign in the inventory of spiders. During his stay, this Doctor in Life Sciences also led a conference on the theme “The inventory of living: the case of St […]

LOVE ST BARTH, PARTNER OF THE SPIDER INVENTORY

LOVE ST BARTH, PARTNER OF THE SPIDER INVENTORY

Our president Hélène Bernier and Charline Bouquet, representing the brand / shop of t-shirts LOVE ST BARTH, has signed Saturday, August 24th a partnership agreement related to the inventory program of biodiversity that the association leads since 2011 . The partnership, consisting to give 7% […]

“PLANTES UTLITAIRES DE SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY”: A Year On!

“PLANTES UTLITAIRES DE SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY”: A Year On!

Published in cotober 2012, the book “Useful Plants of Saint-Barthélemy,” co-written by our president Hélène Bernier, botanist Claude Sastre, and Michel Magras, comprises the plants used in the past by residents as part of the island’s daily existence. The first book published by the association, […]

ANTS INVENTORY : two unfriendly ants found

ANTS INVENTORY : two unfriendly ants found

As part of the inventory of the fauna and flora, Leonide Celini, PhD in Entomology, conducted an entomological mission from August 17 to 22. Its purpose was to continue the inventory of termites and ants started in 2011. Two ants, Azteca delpini antillana Forel, 1899 (Determination […]

EXPLORING THE GEOLOGY OF THE ISLAND

EXPLORING THE GEOLOGY OF THE ISLAND

On May 22-17, we hosted Yves Mazabraud, PhD in Geology at the University of the Antilles, where he did research at the Laboratory for Research in Geosciences and Energies (LARGE). His very instructive visit included field trips to explore the island’s geology, and a lecture titled […]

Our first book “PLANTES UTILITAIRES DE SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY” still on sale

Our first book “PLANTES UTILITAIRES DE SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY” still on sale

Co-written by our president Hélène Bernier, botanist Claude Sastre, and senator Michel Magras, the book “Useful Plants of Saint Barthélemy,” comprises the plants used in the past by residents as part of the island’s daily existence. The first book (french language) published by the association, […]

THE HERBARIUM : a tool dedicated to the preservation of our biodiversity

THE HERBARIUM : a tool dedicated to the preservation of our biodiversity

After her April 19 visit to the junior high, we met with Anne-Marie Toussaint, on Saturday, April 20. A representative of the Heritage Collections (Herbier-entomology) at the INRA (an agricultural governemental department) in Guadeloupe, Toussaint participated in a conference discussing the herbarium of Guadeloupe, the […]

PHOTO CONTEST 2013 : And the winner is Bruno Dreyer!

PHOTO CONTEST 2013 : And the winner is Bruno Dreyer!

Bruno Dreyer won Friday, March 15th the 3rd edition of our photo contest organized on the theme ” Wildlife of St. Barth .” His beautiful picture of a tropicbird photographed February 1st , 2013 at Grand Fond has made unanimity among the seven jury members. […]

CATASTROPHE IN GRAND CUL DE SAC : the pond is dying!

CATASTROPHE IN GRAND CUL DE SAC : the pond is dying!

Subject to increasing human pressure, the pond of Grand Cul de Sac is on the verge of asphyxiation. Analyzes made at our request confirm it.

GERONIMO’S GREAT-GRAND SON talks about environmental management in apaches traditions

GERONIMO’S GREAT-GRAND SON talks about environmental management in apaches traditions

Conference on Environmental Management in Apache traditions

SCIENTIFIC MISSION ABOUT THE LEAF CUTTER ANTS

SCIENTIFIC MISSION ABOUT THE LEAF CUTTER ANTS

Our president participated to a scientific mission in Guadeloupe , in the context of a research project conducted by the Ibios laboratory at the University of Paris is – Créteil on the alternative methods of fight against Leaf-cutter ants Acromyrmex octospinosus which St Barth Essentiel […]

SPIDERS INVENTORY : report of the first mission

SPIDERS INVENTORY : report of the first mission

In 2010, the association began an inventory of St Barth’s biodiversity. After the flora, we decided to start an inventory of St Barth’s spiders, coordinated by Ph.D Patrick Maréchal, Doctor in Life Sciences and Arachnids specialist . The report of his first mission from 15 […]

ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION, SALINE BEACH

ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION, SALINE BEACH

Photos taken in september 2011

PHOTO CONTEST 2013

PHOTO CONTEST 2013

St Barth Essential is holding its third photo contest with the theme “the Wild Fauna of St Barthelemy.” The contest is open to everyone at no cost.

Progressing in THE INVENTORY OF ANTS AND TERMITs

Progressing in THE INVENTORY OF ANTS AND TERMITs

Since 2010, the association has initiated a program for studying the biodiversity of our island and its preservation; a knowledge very important for setting up spatial planning policies. The insects representing a large part of this biodiversity and therefore a part of the natural heritage […]

ACTIVITY REPORT 2009-2012

ACTIVITY REPORT 2009-2012

Mission Report of the last 4 years available to download

SCIENTIFIC REPORT ON ANTS & TERMITES (French)

SCIENTIFIC REPORT ON ANTS & TERMITES (French)

DR CELINI  Leonide BIOEMCO  Equipe IBIOS UFR Sciences et Technologies Université Paris Est Creteil celini@u-pec.fr RESUME DU RAPPORT DE MISSION Un million d’insectes ont été décrits dans le monde à ce jour ;  mais ce chiffre ne représente qu’une petite fraction de l’existant, car de nombreuses […]

CLEANING GRAND CUL DE SAC

CLEANING GRAND CUL DE SAC

5 tons of trash were collected along the lagoon. Around ten trucks of garbage thanks to the 80 volunteers.

ENVIRONMENT & SHAMANISM

ENVIRONMENT & SHAMANISM

  The association will receive Corine Sombrun, author, shaman & ethnomusicologist from the 14th to the 19th of January, 2012. She will host a conference on January 16th at 6pm at the catholic parish hall in Gustavia  on the theme: “Environment and shamanism” The maintenance of harmony between humans and their environment has always […]

INDUSTRIAL ZONE IN GRANDE SALINE ?

INDUSTRIAL ZONE IN GRANDE SALINE ?

Those pictures were taken in September 2011