Environment

Coronavirus: Change in operational hours of waste disposal facilities

(PRESS RELEASE) – The SLSWMA wishes to inform the public that effective Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 the Deglos Sanitary Landfill and Vieux Fort Waste Disposal Facility will operate from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and will remain closed on Sundays. These changes will remain in effect until further notice. Individuals wishing to access the facilities are asked ...

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COVID-19: Waste collection schedules remain unaffected – SLSWMA

(PRESS RELEASE) – The SLSWMA wishes to inform ALL residents that waste collection schedules remain unaffected. However, in order to safeguard human health, the SLSWMA appeals to the public to exercise vigilance with respect to the management of all solid waste. As such, SLSWMA requests that residents adhere to the following: – Ensure that all waste is bagged properly, limiting ...

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Saint Lucia taking steps to manage hazardous waste

(PRESS RELEASE) – Growing concern over the uncontrolled/unchecked increase in the presence of waste classified as hazardous waste with the ability to produce POPs and UPOPs which can cause a host of health issues to both humans and animals including marine life has prompted some action. POPs are a group of toxic, long-lasting and bio-accumulative chemicals that can negatively impact ...

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Caribbean Youth Environment Network – Earth Hour 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) – For the third year, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in Saint Lucia (CYEN)– a non-profit, civil society organisation that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop programmes which address socio-economic and environmental issues—will commemorate the internationally observed Earth Hour with a Multi–generational Relay on Saturday, 28th March. The relay will begin at ...

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The Landings Resort & Spa clean up campaign

(PRESS RELEASE) – United by a common purpose and the aim to inspire action and achieve tangible impacts on waste in their  community, volunteers from The Landings Resort & Spa, National Conservation Authority, St Lucia National Trust, St Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority, PKF, CLICO, Sandals and other corporate  groups and organizations transformed their appreciation and pride in their community ...

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Canadian colleges and institutes to support the green economy in the Caribbean

(PRESS RELEASE) – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Director Anglophone Africa and Caribbean, Susan Sproule was in St. Lucia today to launch the new Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) program. SAGE will support demand-driven technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in key economic sectors vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, ...

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More action needed to protect Caribbean marine areas

(PRESS RELEASE) – More action and funding are needed to protect the region’s coral reefs and to conserve fisheries and other marine resources, asserted Karolin Troubetzkoy, special envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI). Troubetzkoy called on businesses located in or doing business with the Caribbean to support conservation efforts by collaborating with national conservation funds across the region. The ...

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More action and funding needed to protect Caribbean coasts and marine areas

(PRESS RELEASE) – More action and funding are needed to protect the region’s coral reefs and to conserve fisheries and other marine resources, asserted Karolin Troubetzkoy, special envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI). Troubetzkoy called on businesses located in or doing business with the Caribbean to support conservation efforts by collaborating with national conservation funds across the region. The ...

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Colleges and Institutes Canada to host a reception and launch of the Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE) in St Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Director for Anglophone Africa and Caribbean, Susan Sproule is pleased to be coming to St. Lucia to host a reception and launch of the Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE). The official reception will occur on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Bay Gardens Hotel and the official launch ...

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Japan facilitates citywide environment project

(GIS) – The Embassy of Japan and the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority are teaming up to take better care of the environment. The two have signed a Grant Contract and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement makes allowance for a grant of USD$80,041 for the supply of three, used, refuse-collection vehicles for use in Castries, and was made ...

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Unregulated vehicular access on Sandy Beach a major concern

(SNO) – Unregulated vehicular access to certain sections of Sandy Beach in Vieux Fort is a major source of concern to those tasked in protecting the site. To make matters worst, measures put in place to minimize negative impacts, such as beach erosion, are being tampered with. “One of the main issues is that of uregulated vehicular access on the ...

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ECCB and Toronto Centre lead workshop on “Coping with Climate Change and Other Environmental Risks”

(PRESS RELEASE) – At the request of, and in partnership with, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Toronto Centre is holding its first five-day cross-cutting workshop. The workshop is aimed at helping financial sector supervisors and regulators identify the risks that climate change and other environmental factors pose to financial institutions, economies, consumers and vulnerable groups. Participants will learn how to ...

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Eating locally grown food is good for your body and the environment

(PRESS RELEASE) – One key component of eating sustainably is eating locally-grown food that is considered in-season. But why? Eating locally is a crucial tenet of sustainable agriculture — which refers to farming practices that understand and are conscious of the effects farming has on an ecosystem. Since all organisms are directly impacted by what happens to their environment, farming ...

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Contract inked for solutions-driven flood protection study

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia, under the Disaster Vunerability Reduction Project (DVRP), signed a contract on Sep. 9, with Alpha Engineering and Design (2012) Ltd. to continue studies towards a comprehensive assessment of the hydrologic and hydraulic conditions of Dennery Village and Soufriere, including Fond St Jacques, to inform flood prevention solutions. The three communities in question, ...

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OECS, CARPHA strengthen partnership

The Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) have strengthened their resolve to improve its Member States’ resilience to climate change and to address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases. During a recent courtesy call, the newly appointed CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. Joy St. John, met with the Director General of the OECS ...

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Saint Lucia working to tap into US$100 billion climate-financing fund

(PRESS RELEASE) — Stakeholders from across multiple government agencies, the private sector, and civil society organizations met at the Bay Gardens Hotel, conference room on October 31, 2019, to validate St. Lucia’s Country Programme for the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to ...

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PM Chastanet, Pacific Islands explore development of SIDS resilience facility

(PRESS RELEASE) — On the margins of the recent World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Washington DC, Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet met with a delegation from the Pacific Islands Forum headed by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service, Communications and Climate Change of Fiji, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Cristelle Pratt, deputy secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, was also in attendance. ...

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Pointe Sables to get ‘coral reef enhancement’

(PRESS RELEASE) — Against the background of various threats to the Point Sables Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA), including storms and hurricanes, increases in sea-surface temperature, overfishing, runoff related to unregulated agricultural practices and poor development activities, a consultancy to prepare ‘Guidelines and a Coral Reef Enhancement Plan’ for the PSEPA, through the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), is being undertaken ...

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Chastanet bats for ‘small islands’ at UN Climate Change Summit: “There needs to be a dedicated fund”

(PRESS RELEASE) — Small islands are on the front lines of the climate change fight and time is against us. That was the strong and pointed message delivered by Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet as he addressed the Climate Action Summit held at the United Nations on Monday. The prime minister demanded that nations that are the highest ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t signs contract with firm to undertake flood risk assessment in Dennery and Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE) – The government of Saint Lucia through the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy has engaged a firm to undertake a comprehensive hydrologic and hydraulic flood risk assessment in Dennery and Soufriere, including Fond St. Jacques, as part of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP). The objective of this consultancy is to develop suitable sustainable engineering designs that ...

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PM Chastanet leads Saint Lucia delegation to UN climate summit

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet is this week leading a Saint Lucia delegation to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, where climate change and Small Island Developing States will be among the key issues. Prime Minister Chastanet, also current CARICOM chairman, will address the historic Climate Action Summit, an initiative ...

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Plastic recycling project launches in Saint Lucia

Environmental stakeholders from the public and private sectors in Saint Lucia lent their support and expertise towards the successful launch and two-day workshop for the RePLAST OECS project – an initiative that seeks to create a sustainable economic model for the management and recycling of plastic waste in the Caribbean, particularly between the OECS Member States and the French Departments ...

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Saint Lucia to pilot waste recycling project

(PRESS RELEASE) — There is a growing awareness worldwide of the negative ecological and aesthetic impact of improper disposal of single-use plastics. In response, the governments of the member states of the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) sub-region have been instituting policies, programs, and legislative measures in their respective jurisdictions, to address this challenge. The Ministry of European and ...

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Castries mayor reiterates concern over improper disposal of fatty waste

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis, has renewed calls for the proper disposal of fatty waste. Mayor Francis, in highlighting the magnitude of the problem, explained that the improper disposal of fats clogs the drains within the city. “We need to continue encouraging businesses to assist in the reduction of pollution and flooding by ...

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Effective date for Saint Lucia’s ban on Styrofoam, selected plastic food service containers delayed

(PRESS RELEASE) — During the 2019/2020 budget debate, the Minister for Sustainable Development Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert announced that Saint Lucia would be taking steps to reduce the country’s dependence on selected single-use plastics, as well as other food service containers made of Polystyrene (PS) and Expanded PS (EPS), also known as Styrofoam. Following the policy announcement, the Department of Sustainable ...

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Oil spill: WASCO ‘deeply disturbed by mischievous actions of individual/company’

(PRESS RELEASE) –– The management of the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) remains deeply disturbed by the careless and mischievous actions of an individual or company, who is believed to have deposited an oil-based substance in the sludge pit at the Beausejour Treatment Facility in Gros Islet, resulting in the fish kill which surfaced on Monday, May 26, 2019. A ...

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120 in Saint Lucia to get training in seaweed disposal and manufacturing

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Conservation Authority (NCA) in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment and the National Apprenticeship Program will be conducting training exercises targeting 120 individuals on the proper method of handling sargassum seaweed for manufacturing as ...

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Investigation underway into improper disposal of oil sludge at WASCO treatment plant

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Oil Spill Committee of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 to review an investigation of illegal disposal of oil sludge at the WASCO treatment plant at Beausejour. An investigation was conducted on Monday, May 27, 2019 by the Environmental Health Division as a result of the ...

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Drainage, slope-stabilization works commence in Marc, Bexon and environs

(PRESS RELEASE) — In an effort to drastically reduce the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, the government of Saint Lucia has been implementing several initiatives under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP). Following the handing over of two climate-resilient blocks at the Choiseul Secondary School, several small contractors are about to implement slope stabilization and drainage works ...

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World Turtle Day – May 23: Saint Lucia National Trust supports more effective management of marine turtles 

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia National Trust’s mandate includes the protection of Saint Lucia’s flora and fauna. To this end, the Trust has supported the campaign for more effective management of marine turtles in Saint Lucia. Globally and regionally, the protection of marine turtle species has become a major priority as many of the species are falling under either the ...

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Preserving biodiversity is key for safeguarding humanity’s future: CARPHA

(PRESS RELEASE) — May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity. To mark the occasion The OECS Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Sustainable Development (Saint Lucia) hosted an exhibition event for students and members of the public at Provost Park, Morne Fortune, Saint Lucia on May 22, 2019. Mr. Bradshaw Isaacs, Technical Officer: Occupational Health and Safety/Indoor Air Quality, ...

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Saint Lucia National Trust stages Earth Day activities (+photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — International Earth Day is a global event observed each year on April 22. According to the Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, millions of people from across the globe participate in what is considered the largest civil, focused day of action. Saint Lucia was not left out. As the leading non-governmental environmental agency on ...

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Winfresh supports community clean-up in Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE) — Winfresh, the manufacturer of H2O water, is pleased to sponsor the Soufriere Community Clean Up Campaign commencing this Sunday, May 5 from the Soufriere Comprehensive School. Winfresh is providing its calcium and mineral-enriched H2O water for the participants to ensure that they are fully hydrated during the activity. H2O is the only water produced in St. Lucia ...

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Saint Lucia shapes its climate research agenda, tracks progress on climate action

(PRESS RELEASE) — Under the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, the government of Saint Lucia is continuing its efforts to enhance engagement with all sectors of Saint Lucian society on climate change. Across the world, it has been recognized that to address climate change, all relevant stakeholders should have a seat at the table in order to develop holistic methods ...

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Saint Lucia to ban on importation of styrofoam, “selected plastic food service containers” from June 1, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, INNOVATION, GENDER RELATIONS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE CONTROL OF PLASTICS AND STYROFOAM® CONTAINERS The Government of Saint Lucia is committed to improving the health and environment of the nation. As I indicated in my announcement in August 2018, and as studies have shown, food service containers made from Polystyrene and Expanded Polystyrene, also ...

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Saint Lucia develops its Resilient Ecosystems Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

(PRESS RELEASE) — Recognising the challenges that climate change poses to its population, natural resources and economy, the Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) has taken considerable measures to identify and address, to the extent possible, current and future climate risks at policy and operational levels. In 2017, Saint Lucia embarked on its National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process to facilitate the ...

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Saint Lucia joins UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign

(PRESS RELEASE) — The government of Saint Lucia is delighted to be part of the UN Environment’s Clean Seas Campaign which was launched in 2017. Several other Caribbean countries have also pledged their commitment and support to this worthy cause. This campaign, a call to global action, works with governments, businesses and citizens around the world to increase awareness of ...

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CYEN Saint Lucia to observe ‘Earth Hour’ with multi-generational relay

(SNO) — The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) in Saint Lucia will be observing ‘Earth Hour’ on March 30 with a multi-generational relay. ‘Earth Hour’ is observed every March, during which individuals, communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., as a symbol of their commitment to ...

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Derelict vehicles being removed from Micoud

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority continued its derelict vehicle removal drive in the community of Micoud commencing March 7, 2019. Work will however continue until the 19 derelict vehicles identified throughout the community are removed. The exercise is being implemented based on a priority list, which upon completion, will eventually serve to eliminate the associated ...

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Clean-up campaign in Balata on Saturday

(SNO) — Balata will be the scene of the next “Keep Saint Lucia Green & Clean” campaign organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Saint Lucia Office in collaboration with Greening the Caribbean and the Peace Corps. The first campaign was carried out in the Choc area and the second campaign, in Balata — the target community for the ...

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Saint Lucia works on private sector engagement and climate finance strategy

(PRESS RELEASE) — Under the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, the Government of Saint Lucia is continuing its efforts to increase engagement with the private sector on climate change. Across the world, the important role that the private sector plays in the fight against climate change has been increasingly highlighted. Scarcity of domestic funds from the government purse has further ...

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Snake suspected of hitching a ride on truck to WASCO; have you checked your vehicle?

(SNO) — Following news that a large boa constrictor was discovered at the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) compound at Union, many persons have expressed concern on social media that snakes, particularly the boa, appear to be leaving their natural habitat and moving closer to human-populated areas. The six-foot long non-venomous snake was reportedly spotted on the WASCO site ...

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Saint Lucia takes seat in talks towards global pact for the environment

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia has once again proven itself a ‘David among the Goliaths’ when it took its place among the 288 participants attending the First Substantive Session of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group, held from January 14-18, 2019 at the United Nations (UN) Office, in Nairobi, Kenya. The Working Group, established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution, ...

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Saint Lucians urged to reduce waste; utilize reusable items

(SNO) — Saint Lucians have been urged to reduce waste by utilizing reusable items as efforts continue to keep the island clean. The advice came from Glen Lake, officer with responsibility for corporate communications and public relations with the JICA Saint Lucia Office, following a major cleaning activity recently. He pointed out that Saint Lucians are not big environmental fans ...

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Efforts begin to beautify Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Saint Lucians are invited to turn out in large numbers this Saturday (Jan. 19) as attempts are being initiated to beautify the island. The project is being undertaken by the Saint Lucia Office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Greening the Caribbean. Saturday’s event will be the first activity for 2019, in the Choc area, and ...

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8 finalists for annual CYPAN discourse; climate change being the focus

(PRESS RELEASE) — Small island developing states are increasingly confronted by natural disasters, inflicted by the effects of climate change. The cost of such change has to be borne by all stakeholders, including government, civil society and the business community. With the realization of this, and in commemoration of last year’s observance of International Day of Peace and Business Month, ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t to implement renewable energy project in 2019

(SNO) — The government will be implementing a renewable energy project this year which it says will save taxpayers a significant amount of money. The project will be done under the 2nd Cycle of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. A statement from Shannon Lebourne, communications officer at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, said a ...

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SLSWMA appeals to public to keep communities clean

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) is appealing to Saint Lucians to keep their communities clean since poorly managed waste poses a health threat to everyone. On Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20, the Authority undertook major cleaning activities on the island in its drive to create a cleaner environment. “Some residents continue to dispose of ...

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St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce executive director wants gov’t policy on biodegradable products

(SNO) — With regional countries such as Dominica moving to ban styrofoam products, the executive director of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Brian Louisy, believes that the government of Saint Lucia should seek to utilize fiscal policy to ‘incentivize’ the more rapid transfer towards biodegradable and environmentally-friendly products. The Chamber met recently with the Department of Sustainable Development to ...

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Saint Lucia looks to protecting seafood from mercury

(SNO) — Saint Lucia is among four Caribbean islands which has done an inventory and assessment on the major sources of mercury contamination. The island, together with Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis and Jamaica, recently concluded a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) project, funded by the Global Environment Facility, that enabled them to identify their top mercury polluters. The ...

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Stakeholders converge on November 5 as part of the OECS Drive towards a Blue Economy

(PRESS RELEASE) — While covering approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean is the least explored environment, and vital for food security, transportation and shipping, aesthetics, recreation and tourism. However, growing industrialization is threatening this system and putting economic growth at risk for small islands. Interestingly, the concept of the Blue Economy focuses on the use of the ocean’s ...

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St. Lucia, Bahamas warned of worsening drought situation

(CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says while some parts of the Caribbean have been receiving below-normal rainfall in the past few months, there are concerns for short-term drought situations only in St. Lucia and The Bahamas. The CDPMN, which operates in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) and the World ...

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St Lucia to host two events on impact of climate change

(CMC) – St. Lucia will host the first Forum of the Caribbean Nationally Determined Contributions Finance Initiative (NDC FI) later this month. The October 11-12 initiative is one of two events being held here to raise public awareness on the impacts of climate change. The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission said that an exhibition under the theme “Building ...

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Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project secures successful start

(PRESS RELEASE) – Representatives from the World Bank Mission responsible for the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP) visited Saint Lucia from September 19, 2018 to September 20, 2018 to provide implementation support for the recently launched US$6.3M project. The World Bank’s technical team comprised Sylvia Michele Diez, Senior Environmental Specialist and Task Team Leader; Vinicius Lima Moura, Senior Procurement Specialist; ...

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Exhibition invitation: “Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Change”

(PRESS RELEASE) – A ground-breaking exhibition to raise public awareness of the impacts of climate change on Small Island Developing States is being held at the Saint Lucia Harbour Club from the 8th – 12th October. Under the theme: “Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Change” the interactive exhibition is being organized by the OECS Commission, in collaboration with ...

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Forests and Lands Resources Division concerned about unauthorized public and private activities on St Lucia’s offshore islands

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Forests and Lands Resources Division is concerned over the frequent occurrences of unauthorized public and private activities on our offshore islands (i.e. Maria, Praslin, Dennery and Rat Islets). In recent times, there has been a spate of unauthorized beach picnics and other entertainment activities on especially Praslin Islet and Rat Islet on public holidays and holiday ...

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Saint Lucia signs historic ‘Escazu Agreement’

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia has put itself safely at the vanguard of sustainable development with equality at its core, when it joined other LAC countries in signing the Escazu Agreement this morning September 27, 2018 at 10 am, at the Treaty event held at the Kuwaiti Boat, United Nations General Assembly Building in New York. Today marked the official opening ...

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Saint Lucia among four regional countries to sign first regional environmental agreement at UN ceremony

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines are among the countries expected to sign the “Escazú Agreement” on regional environmental matters on Thursday at a high-level ceremony at United Nations headquarters, New York. The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and ...

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Knowledge is power: More reasons we shouldn’t entertain a dolphinarium in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – One of the recurring messages that came out of the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) viewing and panel discussion on ‘Dolphin Dilemma: The Antigua and Barbuda Story’ on September 5th was the need (for everyone not just the SLNT) to do more research, get the facts and share the information widely on the impacts the proposed dolphinarium ...

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Why we need to protect turtles

(PRESS RELEASE) – Incredible to see these cute leatherback turtle hatchlings flip flopping over each other on Necker’s Turtle Beach as they make their way down to the ocean for the first time. One of my favourite things about living in the BVI is being surrounded by such stunning scenery and nature. We are extremely fortunate to be able to ...

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Laborie community takes initiative to protect and manage beach

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Rudy John Beach Park, Laborie’s very popular recreation spot, has been in the news on more than one occasion in the past, including in 2015 when residents found an official notice indicating that “the coconut trees will be removed”. It was also in the spotlight recently with the unconfirmed news that a nearby hotel would construct ...

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