Waypoint's Director proposes a monitoring program for public access to environmental health data. This Op-Ed focuses on deploying an air quality monitoring program to realize the actual levels of air pollution associated with aircraft, cruise ships, landfill fires, and vehicle emissions.
Waypoint's Director on the importance of environmental due diligence for commercial real estate buyers.
Melissa Alexiou provides comment on Environmental Impact Assessments and the role of the environmental sector in The Bahamas.
October 2014 Waypoint Director Completes Course on Mitigation for Wetlands
Melissa Alexiou, Director of Waypoint Consulting Ltd., recently completed a professional development seminar on the Creation and Restoration of Wetlands at the Everglades Wetland Research Park, part of the Florida Gulf Coast University. Taught by wetland experts, William J. Mitsch, Ph.D. and Robin Lewis, the course included up-to-date scientific research, restoration case studies, and field trips.
Mangroves were a featured topic, particularly relevant to The Bahamas given the prevalence of this ecosystem across the archipelago. Mangroves provide ecosystem services such as nursery habitat, protection of coastlines against storm surge, and have recently gained importance for the storage of carbon, a contributor to climate change. Of note, the monetary value of ecosystem services by mangroves is perceived to be relatively high compared to other ecosystems.
With ongoing demand for coastal development, mangroves are often subject to the influence of development projects and are altered and/or removed for construction purposes. Thus, the ability to generate viable options for the mitigation of wetland loss and associated ecosystem services becomes paramount. Effective mitigation may be in the form of ‘ecological engineering’ which is ‘the design of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both’ as defined by William J. Mitsch.
Melissa participated in lectures which focused on the cost and success of restoration efforts. Highlighted topics included identification of mangrove health, effective restoration measures, defining restoration success and criteria, and mitigation banks, a popular mitigation credit mechanism in the United States. Mitigation banks provide a structured vehicle for offsite mitigation within designated restored areas managed by a third party.
Melissa is a local environmental and project management consultant.
Waypoint proudly sponsored the 2nd Bahamas Natural History Conference from March 3 to 7, 2014. The conference highlights scientific research performed in the Bahamas. Topics presented at the conference included bonefish, migratory birds, coral restoration, climate change, park management, and others. Waypoint supports research and data collection to foster greater understanding of our natural environment.
Waypoint's Director co-authored a report outlining the environmental considerations for overwater bungalows. Overwater bungalow resorts predominately feature in the Pacific, but could be appropriate as a niche tourism product in The Bahamas.
An Op-Ed by Waypoint's Director that comments on why the environmental impact assessment elicits so much controversy.
Melissa Alexiou features in The Nassau Guardian on Monday, September 23, 2013. An Op-Ed on the need for land use planning to facilitate development for a progressive and sustainable future Bahamas.
On April 19, 2013 Waypoint Consulting Ltd featured in The Nassau Guardian's weekly Da Plunge. Waypoint's Director, Melissa Alexiou, spoke to the Guardian about assisting foreign investors with the development process in The Bahamas. Click on the link below to read the article on The Nassau Guadian's website.