Advocacy & Research
At Green VI, we use scientific research to guide our Strategic Plan and advocacy to catalyse systems that will build a greener, cleaner, healthier BVI.
How we do it
Since 2009, Green VI has advocated systems, legislation and behaviour change to eliminate the need for the open burning of trash, to encourage the use of renewable energy and promote vector control efficiency. Our advocacy work also encompasses other areas to protect human and environmental health in the BVI.
All our programme themes – waste, energy, education, water and innovation – are guided by research findings. Also, we strive to integrate new methods and technologies into traditional sustainable practices that were common in the BVI a generation ago.
Green VI actively seeks and fosters relationships with Governments, Communities, Schools, Churches, Clubs, Institutions and Businesses in order to build and maintain meaningful collaboration. These Partnerships are an essential part of successful, sustainable work.
Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Government
TEST RECYCLING CENTERS OPERATIONAL
TONS OF RECYCLABLES PROCESSED/ EXPORTED
DECREASE IN HIGH-RISK MOSQUITO BREEDING SITES
WHAT WE’VE DONE
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Research and legislation advocacy are the backbone of all our Waste Theme programmes and have included:
- Masters Thesis on “Waste as a Resource in the BVI”
- Waste Management chapters for “Environmental Profiles of Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada
- Data-based contributions to the BVI Solid Waste Management Plan
- Acceleration of waste reduction behaviour and transitioning to eco-products through our Green Certification programme
- Identification of best practices for using waste as a resource to create products, businesses and jobs
- Exploration of Alternative Energy and Water Generating technologies
- Investigation of Sargassum and other organics for Anaerobic Digestion
BAN ON PLASTICS & CONTAINER DEPOSIT SYSTEM
The BVI Government has approved draft legislation for a Ban on Plastics (such as disposable food-ware) and a Container Deposit Bill. Upon request, Green VI submitted key recommendations to Government for this draft legislation. A Ban on Plastics and a concurrent import duty exemption for eco-friendly alternatives will significantly reduce plastic pollution in the BVI. A Container Deposit Bill will also decrease litter, as well as fund a Recycling System long term. This bill calls for consumers to pay a deposit for imported beverages and receive a rebate, upon returning the container.
In 2013, partnering with WorldHouse Caribbean and the major retail stores in the BVI, a voluntary plastic ban was implemented for a year – with many retailers continuing to charge for plastic bags for many years following.
RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVOCACY
For many years, Green VI has advocated renewable energy in the BVI.
- 2012 Petition to Legalise Renewable Energy: Existing BVI legislation banned the primary use of renewables, such as solar or wind power. Harneys, a notable BVI law firm, worked with us pro bono to draft amendments allowing renewables. These amendments, and Green VI’s Petition (with approximately 2000 signatures), were presented during the Government’s 2012 Climate Change Workshops.
- 2015 Government’s Renewable Energy Legislation Act set the following goals:
- By 2021, reduce Anegada fossil fuel inputs to electricity by 80%
- By 2023, supply 30% of the Territory’s energy with renewables
- 2018 Renewable Energy Regulations
We continue to support Government on the implementation of import exemptions for renewable energy technologies, rebates, tax incentives and Grid Tie.
WE RECYCLE MOU
We signed an MoU with the BVI Government in April 2019 with the aim “to create a mutually beneficial working relationship of cooperation between the Partners in order to implement a Recycling Pilot and cooperatively work towards the development of a community-based Recycling System for the Virgin Islands.”
This Virgin Gorda community-driven initiative reduces the Aedes aegypti mosquito that causes diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The winning formula is outreach education, clean ups and community participation, integrated into safe, data driven, vector control operations. After three years of success on Virgin Gorda, we’re now working closely with the BVI Government to roll out a BugOut Pilot on Tortola, funded by the Pan American Health Organisation.
The Glass Studio is a fun demonstration of how ‘waste’ can be a resource. Waste streams will be transformed into renewable energy that provides the power to produce beautiful works of art from recycled glass. This is innovative Upcycling at its best and brightest and brings together all our themes – waste, water, energy and education.
Recycled Glass Floats Photo: Hezikiah Maddox