Biosafety Ed­u­ca­tion for Com­mu­ni­ties Is­land-wide

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, En­ergy, Science and Tech­nol­ogy, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­mis­sion (NWSC), is pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to res­i­dents in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties is­land-wide on biosafety and bio­di­ver­sity and their rights as con­sumers of wa­ter ser­vices.

Pre­sen­ta­tions were made to res­i­dents of Forestierre and La­borie on Mon­day 26th and Wed­nes­day 28th Jan­uary on ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms (GMOs) which are novel prod­ucts formed when genes from un­re­lated or­gan­isms are in­tro­duced into the cells of living things. The Min­istry's ob­jec­tive is to in­form all Saint Lu­cians on the devel­op­ment of a biosafety frame­work which in­cludes a biosafety law for man­ag­ing GMOs.

The com­mu­nity meet­ings are or­ga­nized by the Na­tional Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­mis­sion in its on­go­ing ef­forts to ed­u­cate res­i­dents on the work of the Com­mis­sion and av­enues avail­able for re­solv­ing is­sues re­lated to wa­ter qual­ity, wa­ter avail­abil­ity and billing.

Public ed­u­ca­tion meet­ings on the work of NWSC and the biosafety project will con­tinue is­land-wide. Pre­sen­ta­tions were also planned for Thurs­day 29th Jan­uary at the Pa­tience Com­bined School and Mon­day 2nd Fe­bru­ary at the Gros Islet Coun­cil Con­fer­ence Room. Mem­bers of the public are en­cour­aged to at­tend the meet­ings held in their com­mu­ni­ties.

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