SLNT Hosts Youth En­vi­ron­ment Fo­rum on Marine En­vi­ron­ment

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust (SLNT) com­menced a five day sum­mer pro­gramme at the Vieux Fort Pri­mary School fo­cus­ing on the Marine En­vi­ron­ment un­der the theme ‘Healthy Oceans-Healthy Peo­ple’. Forty young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 9 to 17 will be in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties which will help them bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ate how the qual­ity of the marine ecosys­tem, par­tic­u­larly within the Pointe Sable En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Area (PSEPA), af­fects the qual­ity of our way of life - in­clud­ing our diet, liveli­hood, recre­ation, ed­u­ca­tion and our cul­ture. The 5 day sum­mer pro­gramme, which com­menced on Mon­day, July 27th will have stu­dents in­volved in snor­kel­ing trips to Scorpion Is­land, iden­ti­fy­ing dif­fer­ent types of marine life (flora and fauna); learn­ing about tur­tles, coral reefs and man­groves. Par­tic­i­pants will also be en­gaged in craft mak­ing and drama, in keep­ing with this year’s theme.

The ac­tiv­ity is or­ga­nized to sup­port ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach in a wider ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tive for marine pro­tected ar­eas man­age­ment in the OECS, ad­min­is­tered by the UNEP-CEP Spe­cially Pro­tected Ar­eas and Wildlife (SPAW) Pro­gram and its Re­gional Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter (SPAW-RAC), and the Caribbean Marine Pro­tected Ar­eas Man­age­ment Net­work (CaMPAM). The ini­tia­tive falls un­der the pro­ject ‘Cli­mate Re­silient Eastern Caribbean Marine Man­aged Ar­eas Net­work (ECMMAN)’ led by The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy (TNC) and funded by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment, Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion, Build­ing and Nu­clear Safety (BMUB).

The Trust is in­deed thank­ful to Con­sol­i­dated Foods Lim­ited, San­dals Foun­da­tion and East Caribbean Fi­nan­cial Hold­ing Lim­ited (ECFH) for their benev­o­lent con­tri­bu­tions.

Young per­sons par­tic­i­pat­ing in Na­tional Trust Sum­mer pro­gramme in Vieux Fort.

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