Babon­neau Youth Syn­ergy part­ners with WASCO, GEF to re­pair river­banks

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Babon­neau Youth Syn­ergy (BYS), Global En­vi­ron­men­tal Fa­cil­ity (GEF), Saint Lu­cia De­part­ment of Forestry (DoF) and the Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­pany Inc. (WASCO) have come to­gether in a Com­mu­nity Wa­ter Ste­ward­ship Part­ner­ship to pro­vide half a mil­lion square feet of frag­ile river­banks and ri­par­ian strips with reveg­e­ta­tion and sta­bi­liza­tion at wa­ter­sheds in the com­mu­nity of Talvern and Maquis, Babon­neau.

This project aims to en­hance wa­ter se­cu­rity for the res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity and pro­vide them with a more re­li­able raw wa­ter source. The Talvern wa­ter­shed has been de­graded over the years, with poor agri­cul­tural prac­tices start­ing a vi­cious cy­cle, in­ten­sive ba­nana cul­ti­va­tion on rel­a­tively steep slopes as the main cul­prit, fol­lowed by live­stock rear­ing.

Aldrick Ed­wards pres­i­dent of the BYS noted, “In or­der to re­alise im­proved wa­ter pro­duc­tion qual­ity, sus­tain­able land and bi­o­log­i­cal re­sources in Babon­neau through ap­pli­ca­tion of cli­mate change-re­silient so­lu­tions that main­tain the flow of ecosys­tem ben­e­fits and their con­tri­bu­tion to long-term so­cio-eco­nomic and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, and the wa­ter­sheds se­cu­rity and re­li­a­bil­ity, the part­ners have fur­ther en­gaged the Babon­neau com­mu­nity’s civil so­ci­ety groups in a project deemed ‘Do­nate a Tree, Adopt a River’.

The pres­i­dent, on be­half of the part­ner­ship, in­vited res­i­dents of Babon­neau and Saint Lu­cia at large to a tree do­na­tion project at the Talvern, Babon­neau Wa­ter In­take yes­ter­day, Fri­day, June 10.

Young­sters in Babon­neau pre­par­ing to plant saplings to help com­bat dam­age to river­banks.

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