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Turks & Caicos played host to STC- 10 the 10th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, which identified ways Caribbean islands can create a balance between the tourism industry and the natural environment. Turks & Caicos Tourist Board has now announced upcoming initiatives to maintain an eco- conscious environment throughout the luxurious islands. Both tourists and residents will benefit from green efforts, which include development of the world's first ' green island' at Salt Cay, the Atlantic Ocean's first eco- marina, Turks & Caicos Yacht Club, which opens in November 2008, and Molasses Reef, a Ritz- Carlton Reserve on West Caicos, which will offer barefoot elegance with minimal environmental impact. " As a destination that prides itself on natural beauty, we are compelled to invest and partner in developments that are dedicated to the preservation of our environment," said Wesley Clerveaux, director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources. " While we are continually building ourselves into a premier destination for luxury and leisure, we remain committed to preserving the natural splendour that makes the Turks & Caicos so desirable," added Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism Marketing at the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board. Beach beauty Nesbit Plantation works to conserve its assets Nisbet Plantation Beach Club has ambitions to be the greenest hotel in Nevis, with a series of initiatives including the installation of an artificial reef. Measuring around 60 metres in length, the newly- completed artificial reef is helping to reduce the energy of waves reaching the shore and providing better swimming conditions. " Over the last 10 years we have noticed that waves have been eroding the beach and undermining many of the palm trees. We are already seeing the direct benefit of the new reef, with much calmer waters and the reappearance of around 5 metres of beach," said Glen Hurd, Nisbet Plantation General Manager. LiMEGREEN A brief look at the environmental news from the islands KILING OUR CORAL? LIMELITE TOP: A healthy reef in Bonaire, retaining the three- dimensional structure which was once typical of coral reefs across the Caribbean RIGHT: Micro- algae growing in a reef in Bonaire The Caribbean tourism industry has always relied heavily on the beauty and health of its sea life, but a recent survey has revealed, disturbingly, that many coral species are dying due to diseases caused by global warming. The World Conservation Union reckons that ten per cent of the Caribbean's 62 reef- building corals are under threat, including staghorn and elkhorn corals which used to be the most prominent species but could now be listed as critically endangered. Threats include coastal pollution and human development. Next to coral, mangroves appear to be hardest hit. Mangrove cover in the region has declined by 42% over the past 25 years, with two of the eight mangrove species now considered vulnerable to extinction and two more in near-threatened status. Scientists have noted, however, that some healthy Caribbean coral reefs still exist in well- managed marine protected areas such as Bonaire Marine Park in the Netherlands Antilles. IUCN report shows pollution is harming Caribbean reefs HOW GREN CAN WE GO? T& C islands commit to eco- chic 18 lime October - December 2008