Who Are We and What We do
The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is a membership organization established under the Saint Lucia National Trust Act, Chapter 6.02 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia. The SLNT was set up to help conserve the natural and cultural heritage of sites of Saint Lucia, and to promote values which lead to national pride and love of country. Over the years, a number of properties of significant natural, cultural, or historical significance have been either vested in, or donated by individuals to the Trust for conservation purposes. The Trust’s focus to date has been on the maintenance of these sites as part of the national patrimony, and in advocating the sustainable use and management of Saint Lucia’s natural resources. Approximately 1036 financial members were on the register at July 6 2009. The affairs of the Trust are administered by a Council comprising:
- Seven members elected by the general membership annually;
- Two members nominated by the Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society annually ; and
- Two members nominated by the Minister responsible for the National Trust every two years.
The Council has established ad hoc committees to support its work. The Trust employs staff to manage, administer and otherwise implement the policies, programmes and projects approved by council. The Trust manages protected areas varying from National Landmarks to Historical Sites and Environmental Protected Areas and Nature Reserves whether owned or vested in it, and provides recreational and educational opportunities within these areas. An annual audit is carried out by a recognized public accounting firm and presented at the Annual General Meeting to members. The Annual Report is submitted to the Minister responsible for the Trust who presents it to the Parliament annually.
In 2010, the Trust approved a new 10 year Strategic Plan, in which we defined:
The natural and historical patrimony of Saint Lucia is conserved for present and future generations.
- Ensure that honesty and integrity, truthfulness, and openness guide our work.
- Strive to provide efficient, effective and timely customer service
- Manage our operations in a cost effective manner and apply our funds according to the highest standard of accountability.
- Ensure all management and programmatic activities help deliver our core objectives
- Strive to build strategic partnerships with other organizations, government agencies, the private sector and local communities
- Aspire to best international standards
The Trust is unique in that its activities cover the full range of heritage conversation issues; from site development and management to education and advocacy. Our challenge is to make conservation relevant to the lives of the people of Saint Lucia and all others who have an interest in the island’s magnificent heritage. The emphasis of our programme over the coming years will widen from a primary focus on the management of our properties towards an equal recognition of the benefits that heritage conservation can generate to the people of Saint Lucia and all others who share this interest. These benefits range from social, economic and educational enhancement to environmental, cultural and spiritual gains. So, the challenge for the Trust will be to engage the public in demonstrating these values in a way that is dynamic and inspiring, and that engenders a sense of national pride. The objects of the Trust are: (a) the listing of buildings, objects and monuments of prehistoric, historic and architectural interest and places of natural beauty with their animal and plant life; (b) the listing of objects of prehistoric, historic and archeological interests; (c) the compilation of photographic and architectural records of the above; (d) to locate and to promote the preservation of buildings and objects of archaeological architectural, historic, artistic or traditional interest and the establishment of museums; (e) to promote and preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of the State of submarine and subterranean areas of beauty or natural or historic interest and to preserve (as far as possible) their natural aspect, features, animals and plant life; (f) to list the flora and fauna in the areas mentioned in paragraph (e) and to promote their conservation; (g) to make the public aware of the value and beauty of the State’s heritage as set out above; (h) to pursue a policy of preservation, and to act in an advisory capacity; (i) to acquire property for the benefit of the State; (j) to attract funds by means of subscription, donations, bequests and grants for the execution of the above objects; (k) to administer the Trust property for the furtherance and achievement of the above objects;