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June 9, 1998 - Four St. Lucia Youth between the ages of 19 and 25 will leave the island on Saturday, June 13, for Nova Scotia, Canada to participate in the second Sustainable Development Youth Exchange Programme.

The programme is coordinated by the Ministry of Finance and Planning; Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment; and the National Youth Council. The programme arose out of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Saint Lucia and the Province of Nova Scotia in 1996. The aim of the Memorandum is to foster business development and trade opportunities in the areas of sustainable development and the environment.

The St. Lucian participants will be spending two and a half months in Nova Scotia as Guests of their counterparts in Canada. The group will be working on various community-based projects in the areas of solid waste management, watershed management, eco-tourism, integrated pest management and pollution prevention. This will be followed by a 3 month attachment of Nova Scotians and St. Lucians to environmental projects locally.

The exchange programme is jointly funded by the Government of St. Lucia, Government of Nova Scotia and Canadian Crossroads International, and is expected to provide an opportunity for deserving youth to gain valuable training, skills and environmental work experience in an international setting. It is also expected to strengthen efforts to promote community participation and involvement in environmental management and community development locally.


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