Tribute to a Grass-roots Conservationist

- Written by National Trust


A tribute by Yves Renard to a grass-roots conservationist Magdalene ‘Magda’ Nelson who understood what sustainable use of the natural resources meant. The main resource upon which she and fellow community members in the Aupicon area in the south of Saint Lucia relied upon was the nearby Mankote Mangrove. For many years the Forestry Department and other partner organizations (ECNAMP, now CANARI, the Fisheries Department) worked with the charcoal producers such as Magda to put in place management regimes to allow for sustainable harvest of mangrove forest while protecting the integrity of the ecosystem.

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