A Causeway for Concern - By Sarah N. George

Trust Members Speak Out

The atmosphere was charged as 222 members and staff of the Saint Lucia National Trust and 70 non-members gathered for the first Trust membership meeting for 2017. There was hardly any standing space in the Bougainvillea Conference Room at the Bay Gardens Hotel for the attendees who came from all across the island to discuss pertinent issues affecting Saint Lucia’s heritage.

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Detailed Plan for Phase 2 of the DSH Project

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Heritage Issues Take Center Stage at Membership Meeting

The Saint Lucia National Trust is preparing to host its first Quarterly Membership Meeting, for 2017, on March 11th from 1 p.m. at the Bougainvillea Conference Room, Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay. Trust Members and members of the public interested in learning more about our projects and programmes are encouraged to contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 452-5005 to confirm their attendance. Please note that Secretariat Staff will be on hand to enroll persons who are not members.

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October to December 2016 Newsletter

His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales Royal Visit to Pigeon Island National Landmark 2016

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Civil Society calls the Ranking of the Sustainable Development Goals a “Huge Success”

​It was an intensive two days, as representatives from 27 civil society organisations met probably for the first time locally to discuss in detail the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The consultation dubbed “National Views on the Sustainable Development Goals and the SAMOA Pathway” was held from November 29-30, 2016 at the Golden Palm Events Centre in Rodney Heights. This important consultation organized by the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations of Saint Lucia in collaboration with the Saint Lucia National Trust was made possible with funding from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

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Raising the Visibility of the Saint Lucia National Trust

The Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy issued a challenge to the Saint Lucia National Trust to augment efforts to make its wide-ranging conservation work more visible in the public domain. She congratulated the management, councilors and staff for the work they have undertaken over the past year, and for keeping its members engaged. However, the SLNT’s Patron noted that more needs to be done to give the organization the visibility it deserves. The call was made at the Trust’s 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the St. Lucia Civil Service Association Headquarters in Castries.

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OGP Talk: Jamaica Continues to Walk the Talk of Open Governance

In June 2012 Jamaica signed Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Principle 10 basically seeks to ensure that all individuals are granted access to information about environmental issues, are allowed to participate in decision-making processes and have access to justice in environmental matters with the aim of safeguarding the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

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Australia Fellowship Programme

The 2016 International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Program was a great success this year. We are proud of this year’s participants and grateful for the support of Australia Awards

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Protecting the Mankote Mangrove

We first learned of the Integrated Resort Development proposal called the Pearl of the Caribbean by Desert Star Holdings (Caribbean) at a presentation in January 2016. The plan was to construct a race track and ancillary facilities for thoroughbred horses, a marina, hotels and condominiums, waterfront homes, shopping malls and a casino on 699.5 acres of land in Vieux Fort, including the entire 180 acres of the Mankote Mangrove. The inclusion of the mangrove raised a red flag for the Trust and this concern was immediately raised with the developer. This matter resurfaced in July 2016 when it was announced that government has entered into a framework agreement with the developer to proceed with the development.

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AGM 2016 Notice

Students of the Saint Lucia School of Music Advocate for Principle 10

The Director of Orchestras at the Saint Lucia School of Music and member of the Saint Lucia National Trust, Liz Ehrman has seen the importance of involving her students in advocacy efforts to get Saint Lucia and other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) non-signatory countries to sign on to the LAC Declaration on the application of Principle 10. Principle 10 which has its origin in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development seeks to involve citizens in the decision making processes regarding environmental matters.

Ms. Ehrman and her students have produced two jingles; “2, 4, 6, 8, Principle 10” sung by Khaia Smith with narration by Shan Lucien can be seen on YouTube at: http://tinyurl.com/h9rpzu9 as well as on the Information Board section on http://www.lacp10.org. Funds will be provided to support the promotion of both jingles, thanks to The Access Initiative (TAI), through a project funded by Open Society Foundations entitled “Improving Environmental Safeguards and Good Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean”.​

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Mangrove Tree Planting Tour

First of all, not being an early morning person, highly appreciative of the fact that the tour of Mankote Mangrove started at a decent hour: around 10 am - presumably to allow the Castries posse to wind their way down to the south. Living in Vieux Fort, it ordinarily requires a visit to Hewanorra Airport on Sunday afternoons to see a wide array of unknown faces but I was pleasantly surprised, arriving that Sunday morning at Mankote, to see so many faces from out of town. Better still, the bunch of enthusiastic young people who introduced us to the facts of mangrove life and survival at Mankote, were all strangers too! That was a very odd but exceedingly pleasant experience because it testifies to the fact that anno 2016, a legion of young Caribbean men and women from around the Lesser Antilles play active, professional roles in the conservation and preservation of our environment. Poor old Mankote mangrove, which for so long, and by so many, has been treated as a mere convenient dump site for garbage, or a dirty swamp good for nothing else but some hanky-panky on a dark dirt road at night… For the first time in my experience, Mankote assumed its proper role of ecological importance as the largest surviving mangrove in the Eastern Caribbean. Hurrah!

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Mangrove Discovery Week

The Saint Lucia National Trust along with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Departments of Forestry and Fisheries, PCI Media Impact, ECO South Tours, the Au Picon Charcoal and Agricultural Producers and the Grenada Fund for Conservation, are hosting a ‘Mangrove Discovery Week’ from November 14th to 20th.

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Building Saint Lucia’s Resilience to Climate Change Through Coastal Stabilisation

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in collaboration with the Southern Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) will be implementing a project entitled “Increasing the resilience to Climate Change and Natural Hazards, and reducing the rate of coastal erosion for Pigeon Island National Landmark (PINL) and Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) through Beach Stabilisation, Restoration & Enhancement”. The project, which will be launched in February 2017, is financed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in partnership with the German Development Bank (KfW) under the Local Adaptation Measures (LAMs) Grant Scheme.

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Preserving our Caribbean Heritage

November 8th was probably one of the most memorable days in 2016 as the world waited with bated breath for the outcome of the United States of America Presidential Election. But for members and non-members of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), it was an unforgettable evening as Presenter, Mrs. Rudylnn De Four Roberts – Trinidadian Architect and President of Citizens for Conservation delivered an educational and engaging presentation at the 3rd Annual Trust Pioneers Lecture. The Lecture, held under the theme: “Caribbean Architectural Heritage: Identity, reality and future opportunities” was held at the Palm Haven Hotel in Gros Islet and saw participation of close to 60 persons including the Trust’s Patron, Dame Pearlette Louisy.​

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July - September Newsletter

SLNT Staff Participates in Australian Coral Reef Fellowship for International Leaders and Managers

Mr. Craig Henry, a Programme Officer within the Conservation Department of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), was one of 17 participants in the 2016 International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Programme, funded under the Australia Awards Fellowship Program in Great Barrier Reef from the 9th – 29th October. The programme targeted current and emerging leaders from the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions to observe first-hand Australia’s world-leading coral reef management regime to gain new skills and knowledge. The programme includes two courses – one on high level leadership for marine resource managers, Participants of the 2016 International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Programme and the other on excellence in reef management, with participants from each course coming together during a one-week overlap period.

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Vive La Wòz

The Western Youth Chapter of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) celebrated the La Rose (La Wòz) Festival which coincides with the feast of Saint Rose De Lima on August 30. To keep this cultural tradition alive, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) organizes a church service with a parade and Gwan Fèt with participation from all La Rose groups from across the island on this feast day, displaying pageantry reminiscent of European court.

Membership Drive at BOSL

New Date for Trust Pioneers Lecture

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Summer in the Park

Usually as summer holidays come to an end parents and children start to feel the pressure of getting ready for the new school year, thinking less of why vacation was given in the first place. No time to relax or have some fun, running here and there to purchase the last book or school uniform in time for school. So to bring back the feeling of the scintillating summer sunshine the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) saw it fit to organize an event dubbed “Summer in the Park”. The aim of the event which was held on Sunday, August 28th was to encourage parents to spend quality time with their children in a relaxed atmosphere for one last time before the school bell rings.

SLNT Recruitment Drive at BOSL

On October 20, 2016 the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) membership team lead by our very own Director Mr. Bishnu Tulsie, visited the staff of Bank of Saint Lucia in Gros Islet. On arrival we were greeted by Mr. Bryan Vidal who initiated the meeting and we were happy to see many of the bank’s staff waiting anxiously to hear from us. The main objective of our visit was to inspire and encourage the staff to join the Trust, to help us fulfill our mandate to protect and preserve Saint Lucia’s rich patrimony.

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Saint Lucia’s Snakes in the Spotlight

Staff from the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and Forestry Department along with representatives from Fauna & Flora International and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust mounted an exhibition at the Blue Coral Mall, Castries on July 15, 2016 as part of activities to commemorate World Snake Day celebrated every year on July 16th. Saint Lucia has four living species of snakes, all of them found nowhere else in the world. Only one of the four species is venomous. There was a fifth species too, but that was driven to extinction around the turn of the 20th Century.

Strengthening Environmental Governance

Twenty-two (22) Signatory Countries and over 40 representatives of the public made significant progress at the 4th Meeting of the Negotiating Committee for a Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The negotiation meeting which was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from August 9-12, 2016, was geared at raising the standards for environmental governance in the LAC region.

SLNT at World IUCN Conservation Congress

On September 1, 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) opened the World Conservation Congress entitled “Planet at the Crossroads” in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Congress convened with thousands of government and non-governmental organizations representatives debating and acting on critical issues such as biodiversity, the conservation of oceans, climate change, wildlife trafficking, women and nature, culture and nature, and the role that private sector investments can make in the conservation of nature, among other topics.

Protecting the Saint Lucia White Breasted Thrasher

As part of an ongoing project being undertaken by the Saint Lucia National Trust on promoting public awareness of the Saint Lucia White Breasted Thrasher, SLNT’s Programme Assistant/Conservation Murlina Murray together with Saphira Hunt - Programme Assistant/South, Matt Morton of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Stephen Lesmond, Jeannette Victor, Aloysius Charles and Rosemond Justin of the Forestry Department, administered the first set of questionnaires in the Praslin community. The purpose of the survey is to assess person’s knowledge of, and attitudes towards the species, and the practices that can positively or negatively impact the White Breasted Thrasher.

Listing of Buildings Project Update

In 2014 the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) underwent a rapid assessment of 250 buildings of architectural and historic merit island wide in Saint Lucia. Some of the Chattel houses, military buildings and churches that were visited were dilapidated (figure 1), abandoned or underused. These buildings represented a very important period in Saint Lucia in terms of both the types of construction techniques and use of materials of this period.

SLNT Stages Junior Conservation Programme

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) held a summer programme at the Vieux Fort Post- Secondary School from August 8 to 10, 2016 for youth between the ages of 9 to 17. This is one in a series of activities under a Junior Conservation Programme (JCP). This programme is intended to get young people deeper involved in environmental conservation by providing relevant but enjoyable learning experiences that factor in their way of life and the importance of the natural resources within their immediate environment.

A Call for More Media Coverage

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) continued its efforts to bring about a greater awareness of conservation issues by hosting two open sessions on May 14th and 21st respectively with professionals from various media houses and sectors (print and telecommunications). The sessions, which included presentations, discussions and field trips, provided opportunities for media personnel and agencies involved in natural resources conservation and management to have open and frank dialogue on issues related to natural resources regulations; associated opportunities, challenges and threats.

Saint Lucia National Trust Recognizes Young Environmentalist

Nancy Charlery is a budding artist who hails from the community of Vieux Fort. Nancy, a past student of the Vieux Fort Primary School, got exposure for her talent when she started designing murals for the fencing of her Grade 6 class’ garden. At the time, Nancy was a member of her school’s Garden Club and wanted to beautify the areas enclosed forthe school’s garden. Upon viewing her work, she was selected to be part of the team chosen to create a visual display of a seascape for a litter bin competition organised by the southern office of Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT).

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Locally Made Demarcation Buoys Installed in Maria Islands Marine Reserve

The process of properly delineating the boundaries of the Maria Islands Marine Reserve (MIMR) began with the installation of four reference markers or demarcation buoys which were manufactured locally by the participants of a capacity building workshop held at the Department of Fisheries Conference Room in Vieux fort, October 4th to 6th.

The workshop focused on the construction, deployment and maintenance of demarcation buoys, and addressed high priority capacity needs identified in the 2011 Caribbean.

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Whale Watching Expedition

October 1, 2016 saw a group of National Trust faithful members making their way to “Free Willie”, the charter taking us out to catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins - to quote our guide “this is not sea world so we can’t guarantee a sighting”. Nonetheless, we were hopeful.

We were not perturbed, we were a merry bunch of enthusiasts, with our eyes peeled, and a rum punch in hand we were ready, leaving Ganters Bay it felt like a different world, we had just come out of tropical storm Matthew two days prior but the bay showed no signs of it. We soaked up the turquoise coloured sea as the salty breeze caressed us.

The soft drinks, water and rum punch certainly made the mood lighter, with every sip the decibel level went up. Markers were observed where the fishermen had their fish pots, then out of nowhere there were flying fish; yes some of us missed it, but about 4 to 5 miles out there they were, the most beautiful sight, pods of Fraser’s Dolphins, we were surrounded, no one missed these.

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SLNT Turns 41!

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is celebrating 41 years of conserving Saint Lucia’s natural and built heritage. This membership based organization established in 1975, endeavours to fulfill its mandate through site maintenance and management, promoting the sustainable use of our natural resources and through education and advocacy.

Some of our accomplishments to date include inter alia: (i) the successful management of the Pigeon Island National Landmark; (ii) successful lobbying of government to undertake the Limits of Acceptable Change Study and to keep the Pitons Management Area off the list of World Heritage in Danger; (iii) prevention of the sale of the beach close to Petit Piton through an appeal to the court;

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DSH Project Update

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) wrapped up two consultations with various stakeholders in an effort to ascertain information and encourage dialogue on the proposed Desert Star Holdings (DSH) Limited Pearl of the Caribbean project which has been earmarked for Vieux Fort. The aim of the ongoing dialogues is to collate the views on this project from a wide cross section of stakeholders.

There was general consensus that a project of this magnitude could result in a boost in the economy. A major issue raised at both meetings was the proposed development of a marina in the mangroves. Many were of the view that the mangroves which are designated sites under the Ramsar Convention1 should not be developed in any way as they are home to a large variety of fish, crab and many other marine species coupled with the fact that mangroves protect shorelines from destructive storm and hurricane winds, waves and floods.

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Press Release - DSH Development

The Saint Lucia National Trust notes the agreement between the Government of Saint Lucia and Desert Star Holdings (DSH) for a major integrated development called The Pearl of the Caribbean, in Vieux Fort. Since the press release on July 29th, 2016 the Trust has received several enquiries from diverse interests, including from our members, on its views on the project, given both its scope and location, which encompass one of the most diverse, and archeologically and resource –rich areas of Saint Lucia.

Newsletter April to June 2016

Mrs. Joanna Octave-Rosemond received a scholarship from Coady Interna-tional Institute to pursue a certificate in Livelihoods and Markets at St. Francis Xavier University located in Antigonish, Canada from 31st May to 17th June 2016. Mrs. Rosemond was the only female among the five students from the Caribbean who were accepted into the course for 2016. Coady International Institute is well known for its delivery of community-based development and leadership education programmes and has a track record for inspiring and contributing to the empowerment of individuals to positively influence their own communities.

Ma Kôté Mangrove Rehabilitation Project

The Saint Lucia National Trust has been collaborating with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the implementation of two projects aimed at contributing to the restoration of the Ma Kôté Mangrove in particular, and mangroves in Saint Lucia in general. The activities were undertaken with funding provided by USAID through the OECS under an Environmental Mitigation Programme and TNC under a broader Mangrove Management Project for Saint Lucia. The SLNT was able to synergise activities under both projects in order to gain maximum benefit and avoid duplication.

State of World Heritage 2016 - INTO Report

“The long-term sustainability of cultural heritage depends on ensuring its use and developing local support. Without heritage being valued and protected, it will become irrelevant and disappear.” taboroff, 2002.

Our global heritage is under threat. I recently asked the 66 INTO member organisations that constitute the worldwide National Trust movement what they saw as the greatest threat to heritage. I expected climate change, war and conflict, bad planning or even tourism to be their response. But there was one resounding and clear answer from them - apathy on behalf of both governments and people.

Spotlight on Caribbean Heritage

The Second Caribbean Conference of National Trust and Preservation Societies was hosted by the Citizens for Conservation, Trinidad and Tobago, The National Trusts of Trinidad and Tobago and ICOMOS Trinidad and Tobago from 19th – 22nd May 2016 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The conference opened with a passionate Maria Nunes’ presentation on Port of Spain, entitled Crossroads of Worlds - A Visual essay. In her presentation Maria took participants on a journey through the Architecture of Port of Spain juxtaposed against the rivalry of carnival, as a voyeur.

Let’s Protect our Amazing Sea Turtles

Youth Chapter Turtle Watch Expedition

The Saint Lucia National Trust Northern Youth Chapter embarked on a Turtle Watching expedition at Grande Anse on Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th June, 2016. Though the group did not get the opportunity to witness the turtles laying their eggs, the guides identified several nesting areas as they walked along the mile-long beach. The Youth Chapter’s members joined the guides in patrolling the beach during the first shift with half the party treading up to the northern end and the other half going to the southern end. Unfortunately, during the wee hours of the morning, Grande Anse beach experienced some considerably high tides. This resulted in our patrols becoming quite limited.

SLNT Builds More Capacity!

Mrs. Joanna Octave-Rosemond received a scholarship from Coady International Institute to pursue a certificate in Livelihoods and Markets at St. Francis Xavier University located in Antigonish, Canada from 31st May to 17th June 2016. Mrs. Rosemond was the only female among the five students from the Caribbean who were accepted into the course for 2016. Coady International Institute is well known for its delivery of community-based development and leadership education programmes and has a track record for inspiring and contributing to the empowerment of individuals to positively influence their own communities.

Aupicon Seamoss Farmers Group gets Vessel

Seamoss farmers from the Au Picon-Cacoa region in Vieux Fort North were the recipients of a newly refurbished fiberglass Reinforced Pirogue (FRP) fitted with a brand new Yamaha 85hp engine to assist in their sustainable seamoss production efforts. The handing over ceremony took place on Monday, May 30, 2016 at the 9:30 a.m. at the recently opened Savannes Bay Jetty in Vieux Fort.

Youth Chapter Visits Walcott House

Saturday, 23rd April marked the Saint Lucia National Trust Northern Youth Chapter’s visit to Walcott House; the culturally significant reimagined childhood home of distinguished twin brothers Derek and Roderick Walcott. The Youth Chapter’s expedition was the culmination of members learning and gaining a respect for the artistically fervent brothers’ history, influence on the arts regionally and internationally, and the legacy they have since created.

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Sea Turtle Slaughtered in Vieux Fort

The Saint Lucia National Trust is working together with the Department of Fisheries, the Marine Police Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in response to the slaughter of a nesting hawksbill sea turtle. The incident occurred early Tuesday morning and comes during the closed season for turtle hunting. It was reported by beach security staff to the National Trust’s sea turtle monitoring team which regularly patrols the beaches of Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area along the south-east coast.

Turtle Camp 2016

January to March 2016 Newsletter

For the past two years there was no sighting of the Saint Lucia Racer. After many searches not a single individual was found. The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Forests and Lands Resources Department (Forestry Department) and Fauna & Flora International contin-ued their relentless efforts in searching for the elusive Racer, never giving up hope. On January 5, 2016 a team consisting of Saphira Hunt - SLNT’s Programme Assistant-Conservation, Vincent “Jeg” Clarke -Volunteer and SLNT member, Stephen Lesmond - Wildlife Field Guide of the Forestry Department and Webster Albert - Police Officer attached to the Laborie Police Station ventured out to Maria Islands to conduct routine monitoring. On this trip the team was extremely fortunate in capturing a healthy young Saint Lucia Racer. According to Ms. Hunt, “This was quite a joyous moment for the team and hope for the survival of the species

World Environment Day 2016

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