PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), in collaboration with the Fisheries Department is implementing a national campaign dubbed ‘This is Who We Are’.
The campaign was launched in April this year and culminates in August, and is intended to enhance people’s understanding and appreciation for the value of the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) and other Marine Managed Areas to their personal well-being.
The campaign targets include clarifying the rationale for designating marine managed areas; improving public understanding of the interconnections between marine and terrestrial eco-systems and changing attitudes and behaviours for a more positive impact on marine ecosystems and other protected areas.
This campaign is part of a regional initiative being implemented in six other member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) with similar objectives.
The initiative is being undertaken under the scope of the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) Project under its “Communicating for Conservation” programme coordinated by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
A series of activities have been planned targeting various sectors and age groups. One of these activities is a school expo which takes place on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at the Vieux Fort square.
The main thrust of this activity is to expose students from the South to Marine Protected Area (MPA) related issues.
Students will engage in interactive exchanges with various presenters on topics ranging from marine and terrestrial biodiversity in Saint Lucia; livelihoods within the PSEPA; personal responsibility and making wise decisions to protect marine resources.
Students will also participate in entertaining but reinforcing activities which will focus on the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA). Popular local artistes, Ambi and J-Mouse will be rendering a special performance of the campaign theme, song ‘This is who we are’.
Although pupils are the main target, the event which starts at 10:00 a.m., is also open to the public. For more information, please contact the Saint Lucia National Trust at 452-5005 or 454-5014.