On further observations by the Forestry Department, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) has agreed to embark on a process to ensure that this specie is adequately researched and managed.
Accordingly, this initiative commenced with the undertaking of preliminary research in the form a survey in targeted communities by the Forestry Department and the conducting of several expert interviews which were done by the SLNT and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The results from these exercises will feed into the Management Plan that is being developed for the conservation of the Fer-de-Lance.
Consequently, in an effort to obtain further information for the preparation of the Management Plan, to validate some of the information that has already been gathered and to begin sensitizing key stakeholders, the SLNT will be hosting a stakeholder’s consultation for 15th and 16th October 2014 from 9:00 a.m. at the Cardinal Kelvin Felix Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, Marisule, Gros Islet.
The consultation is made possible with support of funding from the GEF Small Grants Programme and the assistance of the Forestry Department, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Fauna and Flora International.
The aim of the consultation is to share the SLNT’s conservation works with the public and effect the necessary changes to ensure the survival of the island’s natural heritage.
The Fer-de-lance snake is considered one of the most venomous snakes in the world. This type is however only found in St Lucia. Studies have shown that the poisonous snake is threatened with extinction in St. Lucia and is now limited to two fragmented areas on the island.