Grand community fair to launch the IWEco Project!

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Grand community fair to launch the IWEco Project!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Forest and Lands Resources Division, within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, in collaboration with the Fond St. Jacques Development Committee will be hosting a community fair to formally launch the IWEco project.

This event is scheduled for 8th April 2018 from 1:00 p.m. at the Grounds of the Roman Catholic Church in Fond St. Jacques and will include:

– A live performance by DYP;
– Showcase and sale of local produce from Fond St. Jacques and environs;
– Showcase of some of the community’s talent;
– Prize giveaways including bags, t-shirts, keyrings etc.;
– Free children’s entertainment including face painting, bouncing castle and appearances by popular environmental mascots; and
– Showcase of the work of agencies that promote sustainable livelihoods, skills training and capacity building.

IWEco, which means Integrating, Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island developing states, is a regional initiative funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UN Environment).

The project will apply a “Ridge to Reef” approach in addressing the multiple challenges of sustainable water, land, biodiversity management and conservation within the Soufriere watershed with an aim to mitigate deteriorating conditions from the forest to the sea through the funding of initiatives such as:

– Reforestation and rehabilitation of lands along critical reaches in the upper Fond St. Jacques /Migny area;
– Alternative sustainable and viable livelihoods for various stakeholder groups;
– Capacity building;
– Public awareness and documentation of best practices.

The fair is expected to create awareness and hype for the objectives of the project. This initiative is particularly important for Fond St. Jacques and environs in light of the colossal damage and loss of life experienced after Hurricane Tomas in 2010.

For further information, please contact: Aretha Darcheville, Project Coordinator, IWECo Project, Tel: 485-0231, e-mail: [email protected]

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