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The overall goal of this activity is to rid the coast of garbage, marine debris and seaweed in preparation for the Iguana nesting season which commences in February.
The Iyanola Natural Resource Management of the Northeast Coast Project seeks to undertake beach clean ups to assist in the general upkeep of the Iyanola Region. Moreover, the project seeks to maintain or increase the population of threatened species namely iguanas, turtles and bird. These efforts will also assist the leatherback turtles when the nesting season begins in March.
Aside from its unsightly appearance, garbage and marine debris have harmful effects on wildlife, fish, marine mammals and birds. The Saint Lucia Iguana and baby turtles have often been found entangled in this debris. The most effective way to remove this waste is by holding coastal cleanups and awareness raising activities on the issue of littering. However this requires considerable cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders and residents. In the thrust to garner community support and enable stakeholders to take ownership of the environs and activities, community members, groups and interested parties are invited to participate in these cleanup activities.
Clean ups of Grande Anse beach and Louvette are scheduled for Saturday February 6th Saturday 13th February respectively. For further information feel free to contact the Project Coordinator
Ms. Solomon at 520 0565.
The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology encourages residents and community groups in the various communities to participate in this activity.