#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – September 21, 2018 – The lack of respect for the value for our waters and coastlines is evident in the way many people treat these areas despite their undeniable significance for the Turks and Caicos Islands and by extension, the world.
The economic value of oceans to the world is said to be $24 trillion dollars. In the Turks and Caicos, researchers in August last year determined that this country’s natural habitats contribute as much as $45.5 million per year to the local economy. It is therefore no wonder the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources or DECR is calling the 2018 installment of International Coastal Clean-up Day, this Saturday September 22, the biggest yet for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Amy Avenant, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for the DECR said with new partners like the Tourist Board, the Tourism and Hotel Association, the Turks and Caicos National Trust even the Provo Chamber of Commerce, there will be a national synergy which will top all past support for the global day of cleaning waterways.
There are eleven clean-up meeting sites across the country, namely: The Bight Park, Blue Hills dock and the Five Cays Community Center in Providenciales. In North Caicos, there are four locations for meeting: the Church of God of Prophecy in Kew, Hollywood Park in Whitby, Sandy Point Community Center and the Bottle Creek entrance on King’s Road. Middle Caicos residents gather at Daniels Café. In South Caicos your meeting location is the School for Field Studies and in Grand Turk, the starting point is on Front Street. For Salt Cay residents, you gather at the Creek. Clean Ups are from 7am to 9am or if you want, anytime during the day this Saturday September 22.
Over 100 countries take part in International Coastal Clean-Up Day, which is now an over 30 year tradition.